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ERIC Number: EJ901130
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1071-4413
Don't I Wish My Professor Was Hot like Me
Klink, William
Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, v32 n4-5 p431-446 2010
In this article, the author presents his reflection about the song "Don't Cha" by the Pussy Cat Dolls (2006), which makes a strong statement in a postmodern way about women, and sometimes men, who see themselves in the world as central players in a dramatic narrative that highlights their own victimization as happy, powerful, and glorious. These players confuse identities of subject and object, and self and Other, which in effect taking multiple roles. The author discusses how conflation becomes a major aspect of a postmodern student, who sees himself or herself as both student and teacher, as subject and object as illustrated from a key refrain in the lyric. The author then cites an e-mail from a student that he received in a public discussion place on a Web course for Popular Culture. The message conveys a confusion of public and private spaces and of authority and subject and of subjective and objective realms amid the sense of the writer's victimization by the professor's assignment. The author argues that the Pussycat Dolls have made upon just the perfect sort of construction in their song, which makes the "I" and the "you" a conflated self in order to both torment and to control the Other, the "me" paradoxically both terms at the same time. If the Gen Me generation is the "I" and the "you" is the professor, Gen Me people have done that too by frequently sending academic e-mails similar to the lyrics of the Pussycat Dolls as a matter of course, their point being that "I" am ok and "you" are not. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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