10th 2013
Friday funny: “Divisive gender and quota stuff” is all we do around here.

Posted under: American history, art, Gender, happy endings, publication, women's history

Don’t miss the cameo by Elaine Showalter, who appears in this video to restage one of my favorite scenes in American film history. Comedy gold! (Via Sophylou at True Stories Backward.)


11 Responses to “Friday funny: “Divisive gender and quota stuff” is all we do around here.”

  1. Madwoman with a Laptop on 10 May 2013 at 9:56 am #

    “The important thing is that we just keep pretending to listen.” Priceless. Thanks for this, cowgirl. Love the Showalter cameo!

  2. Historiann on 10 May 2013 at 9:58 am #

    Thought you would like that, Madwoman!

  3. Northern Barbarian on 10 May 2013 at 1:50 pm #


  4. Dr. Koshary on 10 May 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    As soon as I read “cameo by [academic], I *knew* what that scene would be. My pop cultural references are well trained! (Either that, or you and I just have eerily similar tastes, Historiann.)

  5. Historiann on 10 May 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    I have a feeling that a lot of other people guessed that reference, purely because I think that scene clicks with a lot of academic types who have been bored by know-it-alls (in and out of seminar rooms) like that. It’s like a footnote scolding an author, or something.

    Plus, Fratguy and I say “you know nothing of my work. . . ” to each other at least twice a month.

  6. loumac on 10 May 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    Please pretty please I want to be in on the joke! What’s the film reference?! (I hope my ignorance just comes from not having grown up in the US, and not from being, you know, uneducated…).

  7. Historiann on 10 May 2013 at 8:31 pm #

    Here you go!

  8. sophylou on 10 May 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    Thanks! I’d blanked on that reference.

  9. Susan on 10 May 2013 at 9:25 pm #

    I thought I’d never get a film reference, but that indeed is the academic favorite…lthank you!

  10. Matt_L on 14 May 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    Thats great!

  11. Perpetua on 15 May 2013 at 7:05 am #

    Mrs. James Wood! LMAO! Thanks, H.

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