My navel-gazing only finds fluff

Queer reading

Navel-gazing: the self-indulgent or excessive contemplation of oneself or a single issue, at the expense of a wider view.

Campus Reform tells us about another queer course: Quote.

Princeton University is offering a new course this fall that will teach students about the “theory, narrative, and aesthetics” of “queer literatures.”

According to the official course description posted on the school’s website, students will “both read from various trajectories of queer literature and engage what it means to read queerly” as part of the ?Queer Literatures: Theory, Narrative, and Aesthetics? course.

“We will consider the historical etymology of the term queer and think through its affiliate terms and acronyms: lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans,” the description continues. “We will investigate how discourses of power and institutions of normativity have come up against queer bodies, narratives, and politic?and how such encounters are historically situated.”

The university goes on to explain that the throughout the course, students will be urged to “pay close attention to the ways in which desire, gender, and sexuality are queerly told.”

The upcoming class is cross-listed in the Department of English, the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the Program in American Studies, and will feature readings by several authors and poets, including Eli Claire, Michel Foucault, James Baldwin, and others.

Claire’s Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation, an anthology on “disability politics,” is described as an “intersectional framework for understanding how we actually live with the daily hydraulics of oppression, power, and resistance,” as well as an “exploration of environmental destruction and capitalism, sexuality and institutional violence, [and] gender and the body politic” that calls for “social justice movements that are truly accessible to everyone.”

Similarly, IRL by Tommy Pico is a novel that follows a protagonist who is “unsure of which obsessions, attractions, and impulses are essentially his, and which are the result of Christian conversion, hetero-patriarchal/colonialist white supremacy, homophobia, Bacardi, gummy candy, and not getting laid. End of quote.

Oh, for crying out loud! Enough with the navel-gazing already; get outside, go for a walk in the bush, paddle a kayak, catch a fish or do something. Sitting around worrying about which obsessions came from the bottom of a Bacardi bottle is not going to help. Quote.

According to the description of the book, IRL asks “what happens to a modern, queer indigenous person a few generations after his ancestors were alienated from their language, their religion, and their history?”

Mean, the memoir of “queer spoken-word performer, visual artist, writer,” and schoolteacher Myriam Gurba, will give students an opportunity to learn about the author’s experience growing up “as a queer, mixed-race Chicana.”

Through the lens of “radical formal fluidity,” Gurba “takes on sexual violence, small towns, and race” in a “confident, intoxicating, brassy book that takes the cost of sexual assault, racism, misogyny, and homophobia deadly seriously.”

Being mean to boys is fun and a second-wave feminist duty,” Gurba declares in an excerpt included in the book’s description. “Being rude to men who deserve it is a holy mission.” End of quote.

Since ‘holy’ means “dedicated or consecrated to God or a religious purpose; sacred”, I think that Gurba is a tad confused in more ways than one.

If this is the content of ‘higher learning’ courses, it sure is time to Make America Great Again.