When Faculty Speak for Themselves: Words that Will Live in Ignominy



Presenting a new feature on Call Me “Miss”!

“When Faculty Speak for Themselves: Words that Will Live in Ignominy” will be an occasional feature, soon with its own page, that will let academics speak for themselves. To be fair, Miss will provide proper context for all quotations, as well as links to the source. Let’s get started!

Today’s ignominiologue is our old friend Laurie Essig. Professor Essig is a faculty member at Middlebury College and blogs regularly for The Chronicle of Higher Education, from which this gem was mined:

There is a constant struggle between the fact that full citizenship in the U.S. is granted to those who are married (with over 2,000 federal rights and privileges) even as the majority of Americans are unmarried (and yet still, no doubt, mostly living in familial relationships and in need of those rights and privileges for their own loved ones).

As a single woman I feel an urgent need to know what I am lacking, citizenship-wise. True, I do not have a boyfriend, girlfriend, or transfriend, but I always thought that was a social/emotional deficit, not a reason to question the 14th Amendment.

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7 thoughts on “When Faculty Speak for Themselves: Words that Will Live in Ignominy

  1. Thank an imaginary deity-like being for Professor Essig’s trenchant comments! As soon as I’m done writing this I will be immediately contacting my three unmarried children and urging them to establish their U.S. citizenship by getting married. Here I was blissful in my ignorance about my three disenfranchised offspring, but thanks to the good professor I now how oppressed they really are. Thanks Laurie I owe you one.

  2. does being single mean that you are an undocumented worker? that means you have the right to a free college education, free health care, food stamps and you don’t even have to pay taxes. that sounds pretty good to me!

    • No, I believe that what Laurie means is…you know what? She is a raving lunatic; I have no idea what she means.

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