Charles pointed out to me an interesting debate about Women’s studies. If you’d like to read it, I’d suggest you begin with Dr. Crazy’s post Why Women’s Studies Sucks (I should mention that Dr. Crazy is a feminist professor). Then, read Sappho’s response to Dr. Crazy. Then, read Dr. Crazy’s follow up post and also her response to Sappho.
A reasonable critique of Dr. Crazy’s view – especially as expressed in her initial post – is that she seems to be to be critiquing a one-dimensional cartoon version of women’s studies, not the multi-dimensioned reality. (I’m paraphrasing something said in Dr. Crazy’s comments, and normally I’d credit the person being paraphrased. Alas, Dr. Crazy uses Haloscan, and right now Haloscan isn’t letting me see comments, for some mysterious Haloscan-esque reason).
Dr. Crazy’s later posts moderate this tendency, but as a result her critique sort of turns into mush, and it becomes difficult to tell what exactly she’s advocating. It reads to me as if her logic calls for eliminating women’s studies, but she’s not willing to actually go that far. Which is good! But it’s hard to understand how the halfway-measures she calls for address the problems she’s describing.
UPDATE: Check out this post as well, in which Dr. Crazy links to some other blogs discussing her posts.