Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Larry Craig Failed This One

The course that Michigan taxpayers just couldn't do without at UM:
English 317 - How to be Gay: Male Homosexuality and Initiation

From the course description:

Gay men do some of that learning on their own, but often we learn how to be gay from others, either because we look to them for instruction or because they simply tell us what they think we need to know, whether we ask for their advice or not.

'Course, most of us don't need classes for that. Usually we just go where the crowd is and let the house music and Purple Rainbows take care of the "initiation." (Red Bull and Vodkas? I don't know what the "in" gay drinks are. Maybe I do need to take a course on this after all...)

Only one question can spring to the mind of the critical observer: What in the world does gay initiation have to do with English?

The professor answers that gay initiation has three links to English, "(1) as a sub-cultural practice — subtle, complex, and difficult to theorize — which a small but significant body of work in queer studies has begun to explore; (2) as a theme in gay male writing; and (3) as a class project, since the course itself will constitute an experiment in the very process of initiation that it hopes to understand."

I say nothing at all. That's why every school needs a Gender Studies Department like ours! To provide a context for the courses on gay initiation!

Hat Tip to James Kushiner at Mere Comments.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

To me, gay culture seems like an excuse to have wanton gay sex whenever and wherever, and if someone objects, they're just being discriminatory and close minded. Alot of it seems like an excuse to live some sort of wildly hedonistic lifestyle while expecting no consequences.