I Have Authored a Women's Studies Text!
Let me explain: It is a course syllabus for "Introduction to Women's Studies", a class held at the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, at Lancaster University in England.
Scroll down until you get to a heading that says Week 8. Below the heading you will find a list of information pertaining to the lecture unit for that week. (The lecturer, it seems, is a certain Clare Hollowell.) Keep scrolling until you reach a sub-heading that says Websites:Anti-feminist. Here you will find two items listed, the second of which is the following:
Yes, that is my own work—in fact, it is the very first item ever posted on this blog, waaay back in October 2006.
And Clare Hollowell of the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies at Lancaster University, U.K., has selected this essay for her students as an example of anti-feminist backlash.
Well, what can I say; the shoe fits. The article is very much indeed "anti", or opposed to, feminism, and it was very much indeed "lashing back" at feminism—I mean, what else can you call it? I sure as hell wasn't meekly submitting or acquiescing to feminism, was I? Oh no: I was lashing back at it! Damn straight. ;-)
So it was anti-feminist, and it was backlash. Ergo, it was anti-feminist backlash. Works for me! :)
Now certainly, I am honored to have been singled out for such a distinction, for that must mean that I am a cutting edge specimen, to have been so chosen! Yet I can shrewdly guess that my words have circulated, to some extent, among Clare Hollowell's colleagues, and that these high academic scrutinizers have gathered my finely honed analysis into their calculations and tagged it, in some manner, for an eventual rebuttal. Yes, they have their listening posts, and they know what we are saying—not because they are nice guys who are "trying to understand", but because they want to get a head start in shooting us down!
Thus, although I am honored (as I have stated), I also have a very ambivalent and creepy feeling. I don't much like that I am an object of scrutiny for feminist academia. On balance, I rather wish I wasn't! :(
Now if by chance any of Clare Hollowell's students is reading this, and wants to be a snitch, and convey to me the professor's viewpoint upon the material in question, and possibly summarize the tenor of discussion among the classmates—then pop me an e-mail at the link posted to the upper right of this page. Hey. . . don't be bashful! ;-)