Hey there, dudes and city slickers–I’m still in the Golden State, but fortunately, other bloggers are hard at work keeping the internets crackling with fabulousness. I’m still recovering from the very intense conference I was a part of this week, but here are a few goodies I’ve lassoed and tied up for you:
- Tenured Radical on Clarence Walker and his new book, Mongrel Nation: the American Begotten by Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. She says that Walker calls out “historians and other guardians of the White Republic” have been central to the denial that “racial amalgamation was foundational to the making of the United States. . . . Among the assumptions he takes on are: that people always mean what they say (Jefferson’s writings about his revulsion for miscegenation, particularly in Notes On The State Of Virginia, have been a constant rebuttal to an alternative history of Monticello); that the history of family is the history of order and respectability (equally strong evidence suggests that respectable families remain respectable in part by lying about and condoning the sexual escapades of family members); that private convictions are consistent with public evidence (I have two words for you — Strom Thurmond); and that one can usually frame and interpret evidence by generalizing about historical phenomena, identities or power relations (all sex between white men and black women was rape; mixed-race people always identified, and were identified as, socially and culturally black; white men who established the foundational principles of democracy told the truth, kept their promises, and were ruled by reason, not lust.)”
- GayProf’s advice to queer scholars on the job market. To summarize: consider being out during the search process, don’t be afraid to ask questions, expect the bizarre, and think about what moving to a particular location would mean for you.
- Dr. Isis delivers a smackdown on lectures as to how she should talk about sex discrimination and feminism: “[T]hese repeated discussions on how to keep the discourse civil, discussions in which women cannot participate with equity, are ridiculous. It’s easy to consider a civil discourse when you’ve never had your ass grabbed by a colleague, been called “young lady” in front of your peers, or been asked about your reproductive plans. It’s easy to ask the participants to be calm, and minimize profanity, when you don’t have to keep in the back of you mind which which men to avoid at a meeting when they’ve been drinking. I am confident that, if men were placed in this position, the discourse would be anything but civil. I think there would be open brawling in the streets. And, frankly, I have more respect for a man who will stand up to misogyny with me with a hearty ‘f^(k you’ than a man who will tells me he agrees with me, but then also questions whether my anger was expressed in a way that contributed to his development.” (Emphasis Historiann’s.)
Don’t spend too much time on-line this weekend–get out and enjoy the best weekend of the year, with summer stretching out before us almost endlessly…I’m off to lunch with Notorious Ph.D. myself! Happy trails, and I’ll see you all next week when I’m back at my ranch on the High Plains Desert. Love y’all! Stay out of trouble, friends, and be good to your horses.
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