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I got an A in Phallus 101
Los Angeles Times ^ | 1/7/06 | Charlotte Allen

Posted on 01/07/2007 6:56:22 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom

The "dirty dozen" list of "America's Most Bizarre and Politically Correct College Courses" is out — and Los Angeles-area institutions of higher learning have walked away with one-fourth of the ranked honors (or dishonors). Occidental College, an 1,800-student liberal arts school in Eagle Rock, is the only college on the list to collect not one but two citations for excellence at offering trendy theories of gender, skin color and white-male oppression at the expense of actual academic content.

UCLA didn't fare badly either, with one citation. And believe me, the competition was stiff. The Southern California colleges were competing against such nationally recognized PC heavyweights as Cornell, Amherst, the University of Michigan and, of course, Duke.

The list comes from the Young America's Foundation, a 40-year-old nonprofit funded by conservative individuals and foundations. Its No. 1 slot this year for bizarre class offerings went to Occidental, for a course called "The Phallus."

No, it's not a biology course. It's a survey, offered by Oxy's department of critical theory and social justice, of "feminist and queer takings-on of the phallus." Topics include "the relation between the phallus and the penis, the meaning of the phallus, phallologocentrism, the lesbian phallus, the Jewish phallus, the Latino phallus, and the relation of the phallus and fetishism."

You might wonder how a lesbian can have a phallus, or whether it's possible to say "phallologocentrism" three times without tripping on your tongue, but if so, it's likely that you won't be getting an "A" from Occidental professor Jeffrey Tobin, who is teaching the course this spring semester.

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We are clearly a nation with too much money, too much time, and not enough serious challenges.

Does anybody actually know a person who has taken such a worthless class? Would you let your kids enroll in such worthless classes?

1 posted on 01/07/2007 6:56:25 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

A class where taking an oral exam and passing it successfully first time makes you a stand-out.


2 posted on 01/07/2007 6:58:24 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
the lesbian phallus

It was at this point that I got lost.

3 posted on 01/07/2007 7:00:43 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: NormsRevenge

This is the dumbing down of our schools by the liberals. Occidental one of the colleges named has really taken a nose dive over the years. The libs have really driven it down hill.


4 posted on 01/07/2007 7:00:53 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Kinda off-topic---or reverse topic, but ever since I read The DaVinci Code I can't look at church doors without thinking of Georgia O'Keefe.


5 posted on 01/07/2007 7:01:03 PM PST by soupcon
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Words fail.


6 posted on 01/07/2007 7:03:01 PM PST by chartnah ("We all do no end of feeling and mistake it for thinking." - Mark Twain)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I met a girl from Occidental that took that course.

She said that the American Indian had the largest penis, and the American Jew had the hardest. I introduced my self as Tonto Goldfarb.


7 posted on 01/07/2007 7:03:06 PM PST by Lokibob (Greatest snow on earth. www.utahweatherlinks.com)
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To: 75thOVI; Abathar; albee; Alice au Wonderland; Amityschild; andie74; Andy'smom; Augustus McCrae; ...
I don't know from phalluses...


No amateurs, please.
Send FReepmail if you want on/off ISHP list
The List of Ping Lists

...but I am a fungii to be with.

8 posted on 01/07/2007 7:05:12 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Parley Baer

I hear ya..

See Roman Empire, the chapter on demise thereof same


9 posted on 01/07/2007 7:06:54 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom; Ernest_at_the_Beach
Occidental College, an 1,800-student liberal arts school in Eagle Rock, is the only college on the list to collect not one but two citations for excellence at offering trendy theories of gender, skin color and white-male oppression at the expense of actual academic content.

Occidental College is in Eagle Rock, CA (very near the Rose Bowl)...when I was graduating from high school in 1965 it was a "to die for" school to get into....arguably the west coast's most prestigious college.

Times have changed...

10 posted on 01/07/2007 7:08:38 PM PST by ErnBatavia (recent nightmare: Googled up "Helen Thomas nude"....)
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Possible ping.

Need to quit sleeping.


11 posted on 01/07/2007 7:09:27 PM PST by little jeremiah (Only those who thirst for truth can know truth.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
We are clearly a nation with too much money, too much time, and not enough serious challenges.

Sadly, this will soon change.

12 posted on 01/07/2007 7:09:32 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Lokibob

Groan....you're on the morning flight back to Greenland. Sorry, bub.


13 posted on 01/07/2007 7:09:52 PM PST by ErnBatavia (recent nightmare: Googled up "Helen Thomas nude"....)
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To: martin_fierro

thats teh hawt !!


14 posted on 01/07/2007 7:12:38 PM PST by Delta 21 ( MKC USCG - ret)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

The post-blackness course must be about Michael Jackson. That'd fit with queer musicology, too.


15 posted on 01/07/2007 7:12:51 PM PST by WestVirginiaRebel (Common sense will do to liberalism what the atomic bomb did to Nagasaki-Rush Limbaugh)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Yep, me.

Back in the 80s I had to take an "education" core class as a music education major at Washington State Univ. It was taught by a complete left wing ding bat, and the curriculum was P.C. garbage like how using masculine pronouns in gender neutral situations was destructive to female egos.

I was much more "liberal" then (i.e. more ignorant). The course was an eye opener and pushed me in in the opposite direction. I changed majors from music-ed to math in part because I could not stomach more such coarse work (and now make a lot more money then I would have as a teacher).

16 posted on 01/07/2007 7:18:57 PM PST by AndyTheBear (Disastrous social experimentation is the opiate of elitist snobs.)
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To: Lokibob

Outstanding.


17 posted on 01/07/2007 7:20:23 PM PST by RinaseaofDs (Ignorance should be painful)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
OK, let me get this straight...

Occidental won the competition for a course named "The Phallus"...

And in paragraph 2, Ms. Allen (the writer), asserts: "And believe me, the competition was stiff".

Things that make you go hmmmmm.

18 posted on 01/07/2007 7:27:50 PM PST by Scott from the Left Coast
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Does anybody actually know a person who has taken such a worthless class?

I took two such courses in college.

One was called Race, Class, and Gender, where I learned that crack babies are actually the result of the father's cocaine-tainted sperm, and not the mother's own drug use.

Another class was Hollywood, Gays, and the Culture War, which was actually rather interesting. The (gay) professor of that course sounded a lot like some Freepers when he condemned militant homosexual activists for obstructing public health efforts to curb the spread of AIDS.

Both courses were selected partly to satisfy degree requirements, and partly to satisfy my curiosity. After several semesters of wholesome economics and political science courses, I wanted to experience some of the academic P.C. madness I had read so much about.

Would you let your kids enroll in such worthless classes?

Well, considering that most college students are adults, I really don't see how their parents would have any say in the matter. Unless these "adults" were letting mommy and daddy foot the bill, of course :)

19 posted on 01/07/2007 7:28:57 PM PST by timm22 (Think critically)
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To: martin_fierro

It was at this point that I got lost.

They buy them mail order.


20 posted on 01/07/2007 7:30:44 PM PST by freedomfiter2 ("Modern, bureaucratic, unionized education is a form of intellectual child abuse." Newt Gingrich)
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To: Scott from the Left Coast
Things that make you go hmmmmm.

With this subject matter and that comment ...
must ... not ... go .. there...

21 posted on 01/07/2007 7:40:08 PM PST by ItsForTheChildren
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Meh. A Professor Lewinksy joke would be too easy.


22 posted on 01/07/2007 7:47:44 PM PST by BJClinton (Forget the fence, annex Mexico.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Personally, I think that anyone who headlines an article with, "I got an A in Phallus 101" is insensitive to the rest of us who might not have done so well, had we tried.


23 posted on 01/07/2007 7:48:00 PM PST by Mad Dawg (horate hoti ex ergon dikaioutai anthropos kai ouk ek pisteos monon; Jas 2:24)
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To: martin_fierro; mikrofon
Topics include "the relation between the phallus and the penis, the meaning of the phallus, phallologocentrism, the lesbian phallus, the Jewish phallus, the Latino phallus, and the relation of the phallus and fetishism."

Sometimes a phallus is just a phallus.

24 posted on 01/07/2007 7:55:31 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Close, but no cigar.)
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To: martin_fierro
You might wonder how a lesbian can have a phallus. . . .

Wouldn't that be a logical phallusy?

25 posted on 01/07/2007 8:04:08 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (A case of wishful thinking on their part.)
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To: Lokibob; martin_fierro; mikrofon
Topics include . . . the Jewish phallus. . . .

That discussion always gets cut short after a week.

26 posted on 01/07/2007 8:11:31 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Circumlocution.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Annual tuition at Occidental, a private college, is $32,800. That means if you take "The Phallus" and "Blackness" (plus its prerequisite "Whiteness") this year on a four-course-per-semester schedule, you will have set your parents back $12,300.

This BS cost $6150 a course.

Harrumph. I can find cheaper BS at a nearby farm.

27 posted on 01/07/2007 8:19:40 PM PST by WOSG (The 4-fold path to save America - Think right, act right, speak right, vote right!)
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To: martin_fierro

28 posted on 01/07/2007 8:20:32 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream, that sees beyond the years)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Does anybody actually know a person who has taken such a worthless class? Would you let your kids enroll in such worthless classes?

I just sent the link to our daughter, a junior at Cal Poly. Her dad adds that we'd better not see anything like these on her transcript, LOL!

29 posted on 01/07/2007 8:23:55 PM PST by Spyder
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To: BenLurkin

Nothing in DC can be taller than that um object.


30 posted on 01/07/2007 8:25:03 PM PST by xp38
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To: martin_fierro; WFTR; snugs; ilovew; onyx; Lady Jag

you are much too funny!

and as far as this thread.. geeze... If I had signed up for a class like that & my parents found out, I would have been yanked out of school in a heartbeat & locked in my room for at least a year!


31 posted on 01/07/2007 8:25:46 PM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Plenty of kids take idiotic courses like this one as an "elective" in order to add an easy 'A' to the transcript. Back in my day, everybody took 'Theater Arts 190'.


32 posted on 01/07/2007 8:28:50 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Charles Henrickson

Sometimes a phallus is just a phallus.

And sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

33 posted on 01/07/2007 8:29:20 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: BenLurkin

A watertower in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

34 posted on 01/07/2007 8:31:29 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Actually, I could care less what they waste their parents money on. They do stupid things because they have not matured. But then again.....who wants to mature!

I would think, to be fair, as long as the college balances the curriculum with vagina classes, everything should be on the up side. But I'm hardly a expert.:-)

35 posted on 01/07/2007 8:34:03 PM PST by Cold Heat ("Ward!.........Go easy on the beaver"!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

This battle was lost decades ago.

Brahms, Bouguereau, Madison, Milton, are all but ghosts today.


36 posted on 01/07/2007 8:34:17 PM PST by JHBowden (President Giuliani in 2008! Law and Order. Solid Judges. Free Markets. Killing Terrorists.)
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To: martin_fierro

That HAS to be the post of the day


37 posted on 01/07/2007 8:41:43 PM PST by RoadGumby
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
and not enough serious challenges.


38 posted on 01/07/2007 8:46:39 PM PST by MaxMax (God Bless America)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
"Occidental professor Jeffrey Tobin, who is teaching the course this spring semester."
What a phallus is this professor Tobin.
39 posted on 01/07/2007 8:49:26 PM PST by GSlob
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To: Charles Henrickson
"You might wonder how a lesbian can have a phallus. . .
.Wouldn't that be a logical phallusy?"
This line of reasoning is fellatious.
40 posted on 01/07/2007 8:53:07 PM PST by GSlob
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To: martin_fierro
"the lesbian phallus"

"the relation between the phallus and the penis"

Clearly, this "professor" professes there to be a difference between phallus and penis.

Which would lead me to conclude that the lesbian phallus is, in fact, a strap-on.

41 posted on 01/07/2007 8:57:05 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Crime cannot be tolerated. Criminals thrive on the indulgences of society's understanding.)
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To: Lokibob
I met a girl from Occidental that took that course.

She said that the American Indian had the largest penis, and the American Jew had the hardest. I introduced my self as Tonto Goldfarb

Yes, but did she demonstrate the Apache Bris?

(See Ed Ames on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson)

42 posted on 01/07/2007 8:58:52 PM PST by Natty Bumppo@frontier.net (The facts of life are conservative -- Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Lokibob
She said that the American Indian had the largest penis, and the American Jew had the hardest. I introduced my self as Tonto Goldfarb.

ROTFLMAO

43 posted on 01/07/2007 9:03:23 PM PST by GOPJ
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To: Natty Bumppo@frontier.net

I remember. I saw it when it happened.


44 posted on 01/07/2007 9:04:28 PM PST by Lokibob (Greatest snow on earth. www.utahweatherlinks.com)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I heard it was a hard course.


45 posted on 01/07/2007 9:27:12 PM PST by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: Lokibob

"She said that the American Indian had the largest penis, and the American Jew had the hardest. I introduced my self as Tonto Goldfarb."

And the redneck has the best technique - my friends call me Bubba.


46 posted on 01/07/2007 9:33:27 PM PST by Tymesup
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To: Mad Dawg
I got an A in Phallus 101

It could be worse, you could have gotten a Phallus 101 in your A..

47 posted on 01/07/2007 9:47:18 PM PST by BlueMondaySkipper (The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it. - George Orwell)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
"I got an A in Phallus 101"

I wrote a book in which the word "penis" appeared 99 times.

The word "phallus" appeared once.

I guess I would have flunked this course.

48 posted on 01/07/2007 9:47:56 PM PST by NicknamedBob (My tuner doesn't have good taste the way it used to!)
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To: soupcon
"... I can't look at church doors without thinking of Georgia O'Keefe..." Educate me, please. I know how erotic and phallic O'Keefe's painting (her flowers) are. How do they relate to church doors? I obviously have not read the book. Thanks
49 posted on 01/07/2007 9:55:32 PM PST by republican4ever (Israel's fate determines the fate of the world, whether we believe and like it or not.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; SandyInSeattle; Darksheare; ...
I found the professor:



50 posted on 01/07/2007 10:57:03 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Tell Tom Vilsack to WEAR THE BEAR!)
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