- First, Notorious Ph.D., Girl Scholar has some helpful ideas for young scholars who are contemplating their first conference paper or other research presentation. The consensus in the comments appears to be: 1) respect your audience by respecting the time limits and 2) practice, practice, practice. If you read your paper (as most of us in the humanities do), don’t read in a monotone–be aware of the performative aspects of conference presentations. Try not to bore your audience to death or to bombard them with too many arguments.
- Next, Tenured Radical has some thoughts on the recent Title IX discrimination claim filed by Yale students with respect to that university’s failure to “take action on harassment and sex crimes, including rape.” She writes, “Here’s a hint, ladies: if you’ve asked for action at your school and they don’t hire anyone, if your school offers ‘consent training’ rather than anti-rape workshops, they don’t open a women’s center, faculty are not receiving mandatory sexual harassment training, and the bulk of the website on rape is still devoted to all the things you, as a woman, can do to ‘avoid’ being raped — your school might benefit from a Title IX investigation too.”
- I still say that my modest proposal for preventing rape and sexual assault is the best: “Instead of presuming that all women college students are potential victims and asking them to always walk around and study in pairs or groups, let’s just presume that male college students are potential aggressors, and make them always walk and study in groups (either with other men or women) when on campus? Campus police would have the authority to arrest male students who were unescorted, and the women students could use their own campus with much greater confidence in their own safety.” After all, the safety of the majority of students is much more important than the convenience of the individual. Let’s let the d00ds–male faculty, staff, and students alike–wait around for the “safe ride” van for a change.
- GayProf offers a fascinating how-to movie review of The Detective (1968), starring Frank Sinatra as a New York City detective investigating the murder of a homosexualist: “We start to get clues about what might have transpired as Leland [Sinatra's character] tours the deceased’s apartment: Nude, greco-roman male statutes in every corner? Check. Unknown drugs in the medicine cabinet? Check. Semen stained sheets? Check. A pile of barbells and a half-gallon jug of mineral oil? Check and check! Even Scooby-Doo could have pieced together that this man was as queer as Fred’s ascot. The Detective is that subtle.” The “gay lifestyle” in this movie is one in which every gay man is either a victim or the perpetrator of horrendous violence.
- Janine Garofalo offers a strange review of Tina Fey’s new book, Bossypants which I’m going to buy immediately. Back to the review: I can’t decide if Garofalo is genuinely that down on herself, or if she’s sucking up to Fey, Amy Pohler, and Amy Sedaris. (Or both?) In any case, she recommends the book because she says that Fey is “part of a generation of women who have changed the face of comedy at Second City, SNL, sitcoms, and film, in front of and behind the camera.” (Wait a minute–was’t that what people were saying 40 years ago about Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin, and 30 years ago about Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, and Laraine Newman?) One Ringy-Dingy, Two Ringy-Dingies–who’s that calling, Ernestine? Patriarchal Equilibrium on line one!
- Finally, how to be a funny comedian by Jen Kirkman. (Some of you may recall Jen’s brilliant performance in Drunk History, vol. 3: Oney Judge from a few years ago. She stopped by to comment here on that post, too, and reported the nasty comments that she gets on that work compared to the praise the “drunk” men get. In any case, I think she’s pretty damn funny. If you don’t have ten full minutes, scroll ahead to her comments on being patronized when she informs people that she doesn’t want to have children at 3:40: