Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Quick Hits: Out Of The Mouths Of Babes and Students

From the well-know Bi-identified LGBT Scholar, Author and Activist Dr. Loraine Hutchins comes this classroom gem:Old Time Picture of Female Scholars
Last week I gave a take-home exam for end o-the-semester in my Intro to LGBT Studies classes at Towson University. One of the questions I asked was for them to give an example of some of the common mistakes scientists have made in researching bisexuality.

The students know about the (ed. note widely disparaged) July 2005 New York Times “Gay, Straight or Lying,” piece by Benedict Carey because I critique it in class. For those of you who haven’t read it yet, look it up. You’ll find some researchers tried to prove no men are “really bi” by hooking their penises up to a size meter while showing them 2 minute long segments of male/male and female/female porn and since very few men got hard watching both in that amount of time it was concluded that few men are bi.

I loved one of the answers of one my students wrote: “. . . them not getting hard to the pictures of the women could be due to a number of reasons, including the fact that their penis is attached to wires.”
Says the amused Dr. Hutchins, "I LOVE this job!"