Hero Heteros Fight For Straight Rights On Campus

Hero Heteros Fight For Straight Rights On CampusFrom North American campuses, we have two stirring tales of bold thinkers who are unafraid to be conventional. First, at Smith College, the sad tale of an unnamed woman who sought to fight back against the rampant gay-friendliness of the Northampton, Massachusetts, private college’s social scene. All she wanted, she said, was a place where she could feel safe, to be free to be who she is. In a now-deleted Tumblr post, another student posted the woman’s email inviting like-minded students to

start a sorority at smith (Delta Gamma/DG), which would basically just be an exclusive group for straight girls, a little friend group.. We would have sorority mixers with Amherst men, weekly dinner dates, weekly photoshoots where we would dress up nice, baking nights.. We would also get Sorority apparel (even Lily Pulitzer has the cutest DG stuff!) and we’d have traditions, like every wednesday we wear pink haha

The student added that “personally as a straight girl at Smith, I feel marginalized and I feel like the minority,” and so she thought it would be a “really great way to socialize with people we identify more with at smith, and to meet more guys.” Poor thing. Bet she feels just like the protagonist of this My Little Pony fan fiction, a girl pony in an alternate-universe Ponyville where everyone is gay, but she realizes that she’s (gasp!) attracted to a stallion!*

The Smith student’s proposal wasn’t met with a lot of enthusiasm at her own school for some reason, but has already become an example of “liberal intolerance” at rightwing sites.

Our other tale of Boldy Going Where Everyone Has Gone Before comes from the University of Toronto, where novelist and literature teacher David Gilmour is wondering why anyone is making a fuss over comments he made during an interview in Hazlitt magazine. All he did was say that he tells students,

“If you want women writers go down the hall. What I teach is guys. Serious heterosexual guys. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Chekhov, Tolstoy. Real guy-guys. Henry Miller. Philip Roth.”

But really, it’s not like he thinks women can’t write well; he just identifies with white males for some reason. In a follow-up interview with CBC News, Gilmour explained,

“I choose all material for my courses according to people whose lives I feel are vaguely close to mine, but whose work I really adore … There are a lot of other people who are equally good writers. I don’t teach them, not because they’re not equally good, but because I don’t emotionally connect with them as I do with other writers.”

And why should anyone have to read or teach things that they don’t personally connect with? Plus, he just loves Virginia Woolfe, though unfortunately her stuff is “too sophisticated” for his university students. And he’s definitely not sexist or anything, because he’s not saying that women can’t write as well as men:

“I love Alice Munro,” he explained. “I think she’s as good a writer as they come. But she writes about an arena of human experience — small-town, rural Ontario — that, frankly, doesn’t speak to me. I’m a Phillip Roth guy. I teach about people who live in the heart of the city, who have the same masculine concerns that I do. And if people don’t want to study that, they should go down the hall and study with someone who can teach it far, far better than I can.”

Gosh, what a very, very inspiring case for higher education, which is all about keeping one’s horizons precisely where they are.

[Jezebel / RawStory]

*To be fair to the author of the fanfic, I honestly can’t tell whether it’s intended to be a “reverse world” look at homophobia a la White Man’s Burden, or a protest similar to the Smith student’s. The fic’s “heterophobia” tag isn’t helping, either

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  • natl_[redacted]_cmdr

    Oh, yes. I am sure Gilmour’s life is just like Fitzgerald or Henry Miller. Right.

  • elviouslyqueer

    Gilmour did add that he wasn’t a homophobe, and said that he enjoyed shoving Truman Capote down their throats. TRUE STORY.

  • Buddha Stalin

    Damn the guy can play guitar though.

  • DrShitferbrains

    Does this proposed sorority have an official brand of pasta and fried chicken? I hear merchandising kickbacks….

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    • Lark_in_the_AM

      I wondered how long it would take for there to be a Pink Floyd reference. ;-)

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  • Vienna Woods

    I was going to say that Gilmour went to Upper Canada College, and therefore must be a total asshole, just like fellow alum Conrad Black, but then I remembered that my literary god Robertson Davies went there too, so I can’t say that. But Gilmour is still an asshole.

  • MegPasadena

    Did Gilmour just say that people from small-town and rural Ontario do not have masculine concerns?

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    • $73376667

      Yeah, I was just going to add that it sounded like she just needed a hug and a quiet talking to. It felt far more misguided than malicious.

  • yaldabaoth1

    Smith, Vassar et al are known bastions of socially enforced gay-coolness. I sort of sympathize with this girl who is no doubt taking a lot of flak from the PC crowd. This humorless psudo-gay stuff is the elephant in the room these days. You poke it at your peril.

  • Fare la Volpe

    I’m sure he’s not big into Walt Whitman, Chuck Palahniuk, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Marcel Proust, Gore Vidal, Frederico Garcia Lorca, Langston Hughes, Herman Melville, Michael Foucault, Thomas Mann, Billy Shakespeare, or Plato either.Asshat.

  • Speaking in my capacity as a white dude dressed in an earth-toned blazer, I like “Boldly Going Where Everyone Has Gone Before.”

  • JayGoldenBeach

    My mother graduated from Smith, no wonder she has always driven the family Suburban better than my father, LoL

  • $73376667

    Just how “masculine” can a person be with hair like that?

  • mtn_philosoph

    “If you want women writers go down the hall. What I teach is guys. Serious heterosexual guys. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Chekhov, Tolstoy. Real guy-guys. Henry Miller. Philip Roth.””…Mickey Spillane, Bob Guccione, Robert Dietrich, Gordon Davis, L. Ron Hubbard, Ayn Rand …”

  • Francisco qunones

    Vimbert the Unimpressive wrote that fanfic, so I am pretty sure it is satire/social commentary agaisnt homophobia. Now if RealityCheck had written it, then yeah, abandon all hope ye who enter there.

    • doktorzoom

      It is a matter of some relief to me that I don’t instantly recognize the names & oeuvres of Pony fanfic writers…yet.

  • dsmith

    What’s more democratic than a panty raid that includes male and female panty snatchers?

  • Kaylakaze

    Wow, Dok. You really brought it to the comments on that ED post. Wasn’t expecting to see you bringing the smackdown to someone over there.