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ERIC Number: ED359525
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 7
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Tenured, Out and Still Composed.
Albrecht, Lisa
In a personal account, a now-tenured English and Women's Studies professor at the University of Minnesota recounts the difficulties involved in identifying herself as a lesbian with her students, fellow faculty, and college administrators. As she moved toward tenure review, her college hired the only dean of color in the university. This dean became her ally because he understood the politics of difference. Although she asserts that all scholarship is political, because she does not see composition studies journals as vehicles for social change and activism, she has instead edited, collaborated on, and published in Women's Studies. The professor feels that to break the widely-held assumption that everyone is heterosexual, gay men and lesbians need to constantly "come out" as a way of defying the stereotypes that make them invisible. Looking at homophobia as similar to all other forces of oppression that limit peoples' lives and connecting fighting heterosexism to fighting racism is one way of defying dangerous stereotypes. (SAM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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