Reasons 36 and 37 to Love Collegetown, USA: Michael Brown and a Race-Baiting Racial “Healer”

 Every year, at this time of year, the following sequence of events occur, usually in the same order: grocery store aisles are rendered impassable by sky-high displays of Ramen Noodle 10-packs. Walmart, Target, and Home Depot debut acres of plastic storage boxes and bins. Bed, Bath, and Beyond, HomeGoods, and Marshalls are overloaded with “bed-in-a-bag,” […]

Professor Ersula Ore Cops a Plea!

On May 20, 2014, Ersula Ore Assistant Professor of English at Arizona State University was nearly hit by a police car when she jaywalked across a street where construction was taking place. The officer who was driving got out of the car and asked the professor for her ID, presumably to write a citation. The […]

Professor Fah’s Hair-Raising Classroom Antics

Breanne Fahs, associate professor of women and gender studies at Arizona State University, is a wunderkind. She breezed through her undergraduate and graduate studies in near-record time (B.A., Women’s Studies/Gender Studies and Psychology, Occidental College, 2001; M.S., Psychology, University of Michigan, 2002; Ph.D., Women’s Studies and Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan, 2006), and a mere […]

I’m Privileged. Do You Want to Know What I Had for Breakfast? Of Course You Do.

This post began as an essay about “white privilege,” but before I wrote a single word, I realized that my reasoning had changed.  Not because the idea of “white privilege” has jumped the shark and is no longer the sole province of diversity shills, being taken up as it has by the obnoxious Bill O’Reilly, […]

Don’t Go All Microaggressive on Me or I’ll Sue!

I couldn’t sleep last night. I tossed and turned, haunted by guilt. I could not stop replaying the moment, earlier in the day, when I committed the unforgivable against a person of color. It happened as I was reaching into my knapsack of white privilege for my wallet while simultaneously opening a door. On the […]

Did You Hear the One About the Ungrateful Campus?

Miss can take a joke. Goodness knows, she could not have survived a thirty-year career in academe without a sense of humor. Recently having found herself in a vat of boiling hot water over a satirical essay, Miss was reminded that most academics are a cheerless lot who will go to great lengths to stop […]

I’m Pregnant! Isn’t that Special!

Faculty spend hours weekly in front of a classroom, where they profess knowledge to help mold young minds. They possess a heightened ability to focus and concentrate on a narrow subject within a proscribed discipline. Because of the kind of work that they do, faculty also largely control the use of their time with remarkable […]

Fall in Love with a College Town

“College town” brings to mind ivy-covered halls, students hunched over laptops surrounded by stacks of books, and perhaps the sound of bells tolling gently in the distance.  When you locate that idyllic town in New England, you can add autumn’s riotously colored hills to the picture. The Amherst-Northampton area of Massachusetts offers visitors all that […]

Why Wasn’t Miley Cyrus Grand Mistress of the Chicago Slut Walk?

Last Saturday, “sluts” of all manner gathered in Chicago to let the world know that they refuse to be “victims.” They–the sluts and their “allies”–typically parade around in their underwear, or less, with handmade signs bearing such messages as “Drinking Was Not My Crime, Rape Was His” and “Your Ignorance is More Scandalous than my […]

Bellyaching at the B-School

Miss seldom concerns herself with the antics of graduate school students and faculty, mainly because graduate schools and the denizens therein tend to be, well, boring. But news of gender turmoil at the Harvard Business School has Miss sitting up and taking notice. On September 8, the New York Times ran a blistering exposé of […]