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Kellie Bean has been a Professor of English at Marshall University, an Associate Dean of Liberal Arts, and most recently, Provost of a small New England College. Author of "Post-Backlash Feminism: Women and the Media Since Reagan/Bush" (McFarland & Co. 2007), she publishes on women, media and theater and serves as Volunteer Education Editor at OEN. Her latest academic piece on fake news appears in "The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy." She writes plays about academics, has too many cats, and lives part-time in Montreal.
When Murder is Academic: A Brief Tutorial on Academic Life
Academe is the "real world" in small, pressurized form that can be misery-makingI wouldn't harm my colleagues, cannot understand what Amy Bishop did to hers. But I do understand academic frustration that grows out of the invisible forces that seem to control our destinies and the way academics tend to be maligned and misunderstood in the larger culture and media.
Sunday, February 7, 2010(15 comments)
Sarah Palin: Talk Talk Talkin' Revolution
Her politics of plain truck-drivin' folks become increasingly transparent, and a down right reckless. This week she called for a "revolution," and asked her audience to join her. Again, gleeful in her ignorance, Ms. Palin seems not to know that historically citizens suffer, kill and die when conducting a revolution. Let's hope, for her sake and those following her, that she can't talk a real revolution into existence.
New Media Feminist Debate: Pornography
"Of course we're going to disagree as grown, politically invested women, but to tear each other down in defense of pornography? Here we are eating each other alive, serving the larger culture's disrespect for us..."
The Palin Legacy: Sexism in Reporting
First, the Palin thing seems to have worked itself out for now. I no longer have to worry that War-Monger Barbie might end up President. Not to mention the man who grumbled and scowled his way through the campaign with her.
Of course the media feeding frenzy has begun. And the glee with which they are celebrating Palin's personal failings is shameful. She was a bad pi