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March 27, 2006

Universities Scramble To Embrace "Porn Studies"

I was born at the wrong time. Had I been born ten years later, I could have been an f'n' Ph.D. halfway through my sophomore year.

Absurd. Is anyone willing to admit that "porn studies," "rock music studies," "classic sitcom studies," etc., are simply not academic in nature?

It's hard to read Moby Dick. It's pretty easy to sit through Double D Vixens for an hour and ten minutes. The popularity of these courses comes from students who don't really want to engage in academics and professors willing to oblige them, especially if they can stop talking about boring Shakespeare plays and engage in dirty-talk with 18 year olds.

Is it more fun to talk about double-identities in Twelfth Night or double-penetrations in Dirty Filthy Slam-Whores 9? Obviously, the latter.

And I just don't believe there's enough here of academic interest to justify a single course, let alone an entire series of courses constituting a specialty or even a major. Power relationships, objectification of women, the transgressive becoming socially acceptable, blah blah blah. You can learn how to write about "porn studies" within three days, with all the buzzwords needed to then coast for four friggin' years.

Thanks to Allah.

Our university professors are, I fear, dangerously incompetent.


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