Picture the reaction.
The other week a young French lady asked me to help her write a commentary on The Wife of Bath's Tale. (I do language, not content, you must understand.) She told me that she was expected to set the tale in its Mediaeval context and then ponder whether or not Chaucer had written a feminist piece. This struck me as dumb: how can you set the piece in its Mediaeval context and then claim it as feminist piece 500 years before feminism? I'm not saying Chaucer wasn't a feminist avant la lettre - I know fuck all about literature, after all. However, it does seem you get points from your lecturers if you can lasso a bit of feminism together with pretty much anything else.
But what speak we of mere undergrads? We have an example here direct from the top floor. Harvard's Dr Jennifer C. Nash has opened up black women's arseholes for us to look into. 'I place my work in conversation with other anal theorists, showing how my investment in black anality both builds on and departs from existing scholarship' (Nash, 2014). I didn't know you could be an anal theorist. 'So, what do you do, then?' No doubt breaks the ice at parties. Anyway, Nash reckons that black women's sexuality is regarded as 'toxic' (buzz word) and 'wasteful', hence it's connection with the ring-piece. How likely is it that many people think of black women's sexuality as 'toxic' and 'wasteful', or agree with Nash's assertion that black women are generally seen as 'grotesque' and 'unfeminine' when so many black women are so beautiful? But this is another key to keeping your job in gender studies: go on at mendacious length about how oppressed and marginalised you are, even if you are a professor or student at an Ivy League University and thus one of the most privileged and self-determining people in the history of the planet.
Another thing you must do is make your abstracts as inscrutable as you possibly can:
''This essay undertakes a critique of recent trends in affect theory from the standpoint of the “human motor”: a trope that presupposes a thermodynamic psychophysiology distended between energy conservation and entropy. In the course of reanimating thermodynamic motifs in Marx's labor power metabolics and Freud's trauma energetics, the essay broaches entropics as a poetics of depletion that offsets affect theories promoting open-system metaphors. Open-system affect theory sometimes amalgamates emancipatory post-humanist gestures inherited from Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari with neuroscientific terms. In the course of “liberating” affect from subject-oriented topoi, this “liberation-scientistic” admixture expropriates organic matter's degeneration over time. An “entropical” perspective also challenges Antonio Negri's Spinozaist affect conceived as a capacitating power that encounters... ''(Ball,2015)
- Sensual Folds, Textured Erotics: Centering the fat queer man’s belly as site of sexual pleasure.
- Grunge Feminism: the subversive hypertextuality of the queered voice performed through the body.
- Boys are from Mars, Girls are from Venus, I’ve got a Yum Yum, Mom has a Penis: Gender-blind voice casting and butch desire in Bob’s Burgers.
Sailing By: Intertextualities and Intersexualities in the BBC Shipping Forecast.
Using non-interventionist externalities as a heuristic, this paper explores queered, quasi-queered and non-queered maritime spaces in an attempt to deconstruct and problematise issues of self-positioning and othering that stem from the placing and subsequent re-positioning of marginalised identities within sea areas. Practices of emancipatory gender negotiation and renegotiation embodied within existing socio-linguistic paradigms are critiqued and found insufficient to account for deviations from - and challenges to - hegemonic discourses of masculinity and / or ‘masculinities’ as reflected in gendered nomenclatorial systems, e.g., 'rising quickly' or 'falling more slowly'. We call for a more critical interrogation of the aforementioned praxes and narratives, with a view to destabilizing hetero-normative articulations of subjectivity, and positioning a meta-stable externality as a paradigm for anti- (or non-) normative shipping inclusivity.