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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

The Dilemma of the Dense

Here is an absolutely hilarious post from some brainless twat who is torn between the realization that one needs to be an educated, broad-minded individual to make any money today and the terror of education and broad-mindedness:

Your daughter loves literature, and wants to study it at the college level. You know that if she goes to an elite school, they’re going to turn her into a poststructuralist ideologue, and either rob her of her passion for truth and beauty, or corrupt it through ideological re-education. But you also know that if she goes to a “marginal” school, there will be a significant opportunity cost in terms of career advancement and status.

This fellow is a spiritual brother of Scott Walker whose impotent attempts to castrate higher education have made so many people laugh recently. Even the most dense folks realize that you can’t remain parochial, terrified of the world and stupid if you want to be financially successful. But the need to let go of parochialism and stupidity makes them wriggle in pain.

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8 thoughts on “The Dilemma of the Dense

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  2. Omega Man on said:

    The sure are a lot of Barristas at Star Bucks with Bachelors or Masters degrees in Literature, Women’s and Gender studies.

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  3. Apparently if women are not well educated with regard to social politics and above all the politics of identity, they will be free to see the truth and beauty in the evolutionary principle that requires them to mate with omega men to produce all sorts of true and beautiful children.

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  4. Poststructuralism did not help me, personally, that much, apart from getting me to understand my environment better. Well, surely that is a significant thing, but what I needed was far, far more, because I had to open up some subjective space for myself to repair my damaged psyche. This wasn’t about acknowledging gender and status lines in the industrialized worlds and working with such knowledge to gain ascendency. Rather, I had basic structural repair work to do. I really had no space for myself within my own psyche. That was the fundamental problem. I had to try different forms of experimentalisation to open some up. Freudianism proved the least useful of all things so far as this project went, since it places all sorts of things under the auspices of pathology and does not allow that it is possible to do anything other than acknowledge the character structure one seems to have ended up with. I am speaking about academic Freudianism here.

    Also much of poststructuralism borrows from Lacanianism, which has the same problem of rigidity as Freudianism. You don’t need rigidity piled on when rigidity is the problem in the first place, creating a very narrow psychical space to inhabit. Dambudzo Marechera’s writing was, however, liberating. You had to go deep into the trauma of the war experience (which was specifically useful to me as war had been the cause of my psychical limitations). You had to re-experience these historical events and then unite the resulting emotional energy with a realization that identities are also a product of history and therefore fluid and changeable.

    This is why Marechera’s writing “worked” for me in a way that other systems or theories did not.

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