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ENEMY PROFESSOR: No. 7 - Linda Pershing ^ | anonymous

Posted on 02/23/2003 3:59:43 PM PST by doug from upland

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Record for entry #157.

  California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) Jan. 29, 2003 CA  
  Course: WMST 101: Introduction to Womens Studies
  Course Catalog Description: An introduction to the scholarship, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, on women with an emphasis on critical thinking. Explores works by and about women, gender roles and comtemporary issues around the world, and analyzes arguments surrounding women's status.
  Professor: Linda Pershing
  Required? Met a General Ed./diversity/other requirement with a few course options.
  Lecture Bias: Excessive
  Comments: The class was actually run by two teaching assistants (students majoring in Women's Studies) while the professor sat and observed. It seemed as if these teaching assistants taught the class from a feminist/lesbian perspective. They would only point out things about how women have suffered and how they have been denied access to freely express themselves. There was nothing about how far American women have come and how we stand today. It was as if we are still in the same situation as women in the early nineteen hundreds, when we as women could not vote. It seemed as if American women were seen to be as oppressed as the women of India or other third-world countries. In many essays, we had to write about our observations in advertising and in the media from a woman's standpoint. We were expected to always see the obtrusive side to women's suffering--whether we agreed or not.
  Discussion Bias: Excessive
  Comments: The professor would sit in the back of the class and observe our reactions to the discussions. The teacher assistants (who were benefiting their major by teaching this class) got the chance to take over the discussions and discuss what they thought was important. I didn't think that it helped that they pushed what seemed to be obvious feminist views and geared some things like special appearances by lesbian women who came out of the closet. We also had to watch a Gay Prom video that seemed inappropriate for a Women's Studies course. I would raise my hand and be able to speak in discussion, but the teaching assistants would dispute my thoughts. Apparently it was not correct of me to have my own opinions - even though I am a woman. They would say that I was misinterpreting the item of which we were discussing. I must have misunderstood the fact that we have the right to interpret what we think in life.
  Readings Bias: Excessive
  Comments: The two texts for the class were "Women: Images & Realities" by Kesselman and "Listen Up: Voices from the Next Feminist Generation" by Findlen. The second essay in Findlen's book is "Chicks Goin' At It" with the subtitle "Was I a wannabe? A baby dyke? A lesbian chic groupie, flashing in the pan?" The feminist/lesbian agenda was obvious in the readings. It is understandable to have some "touch and go" items dealing with these topics, but still I came into the class expecting more of an open minded, history based class -- less of the "fight for your rights" attitude that I ended up receiving.

  General Comments: I took this course to fulfill a general education requirement. Although the course description says the emphasis will be on critical thinking, it seems as if we were allowed only one type of thinking. Women suffer and are oppressed. Men rule, and women must still fight. The negative was emphasized rather than how things have changed, at least here. The class seemed to say that American women are not much better off than those in the third world.

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1 posted on 02/23/2003 3:59:43 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland
Bump for later read.
2 posted on 02/23/2003 4:09:25 PM PST by netmilsmom (Bush/Rice 2004)
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3 posted on 02/23/2003 4:14:41 PM PST by doug from upland (Good news: Osama, the 72 virgins are waiting; Bad news: unfortunately, you won't see them.)
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4 posted on 02/23/2003 6:29:12 PM PST by LiteKeeper
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To: doug from upland
She takes "Womens Studies" and complains that it is run by feminists. Go figure.
5 posted on 02/23/2003 8:48:15 PM PST by Search4Truth (Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God - Thomas Jefferson.)
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6 posted on 02/24/2003 3:34:53 PM PST by Hobsonphile (Human nature can't be wished away by utopian dreams.)
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To: doug from upland
Women's Studies=Social Carcinoma
7 posted on 02/24/2003 3:36:07 PM PST by Jim Noble
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