Quick Takes – College Wokeness: Queering Non-Humans; Vegan Oceanography; The Unacknowledgeable Discrimination

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: Give it that old college wokeness!

     First, a little mood music:

     Carrying on…

     It is almost as if the need to “queer” things knows no boundary… of species.

“The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Studies Department at Montclair State University offers a 200-level course called ‘Queer Identities in a Transforming World: The Trouble with Normal.’ The class is being offered this coming semester.

“According to the course description, the class will use an array of ‘textual and cinematic sources’ to ‘explore issues such as gender performance, the third sex, transgender issues, intersex issues, the political underpinnings and the transgressive nature of “queer”, the history of queer politics (from AIDS activism to the gay marriage issue), schisms within the LGBTQ political movements, queers and disability, issues of race, class and representation within the queer community, and non-human perspectives on queer.'”

     The transformative nature of college is not limited to “queering”…

“A Cornell senior who took an introductory oceanography course last year credits the class and its professor for transforming him into a vegan … and climate activist.

“Government major Benjamin Finegan was one of the many demonstrators who occupied Nancy Pelosi’s Capitol Hill office on November 13 and greeted by ‘Green New Deal’ proponent Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. He also was one of those arrested for his actions.

“The influence of the course was of such magnitude that Finegan is now is taking a hiatus from the university to pursue more activism.”

     Everyone is free to advocate… unless certain unutterable things dare to be said… even when particle accelerators are involved.

“CERN recently suspended Professor Alessandro Strumia after his controversial presentation during which he argued that today’s hiring practices within the field of physics are biased against men in favor of women despite the fact that physics was ‘invented and built by men.’

“It’s been nearly two months into his suspension, and the University of Pisa scholar said he will not amend his position despite the backlash he has received — and in fact is currently working to publish a paper to further support his original claims.”


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