I know it's a bit late for me to be blogging against heteronormativity -- that was on Saturday -- but I had a really awful weekend, so cut me slack.
Anyway, it was this student I wanted to blog about. He'll remain nameless. And it's not his fault, anyway, is it? It's this land he lives in.
He wrote me a paper in which he included a paragraph that got cutting about gays, how disgusting it was that gay people did those gay things, yap yap yap, how he wished gay activity didn't happen and gayness would just stop.
This happens, I would say, about five or six times a year -- I get comments like this, though not often from students as intelligent as this kid.
I drew a deep breath and did what I always do: I wrote a restrained and gentle comment in the margin of his paper, to the effect that he ought not to assume, as he apparently was assuming, that everyone in his audience would agree with him that teh gay was teh evil.
After class, he came up to me and demanded to know if I was insisting that he be "politically correct" when he wrote.
I told him, just as gently (I swear I did, I swear I was restrained), that no, he did not have to be politically correct (can I mention in passing how much I hate that fucking phrase?) but that he really ought to be more, well, objective.
"Society does have a prejudice against homosexuals," he said. "That's all I was saying."
"You were saying you agreed with that prejudice," I said, "and you expected the reader to agree with it as well. That's different from pointing out a prejudice against gay people."
He looked bemused.
"Phrasing it one way is acceptable," I said. "Phrasing it the other way, in a paper on literary criticism, is really not."
He said he would think it over.
Half a dozen times a year, I swear, I get this.
21 hours ago