Naturally, I kept browsing her website for more evidence of her intellectual prowess. I noticed that, in addition to recommending the "Museum of Sex" in Manhattan, Gershenson recommends the "Museum of Toilets" in India. If you don't believe me, go to www.sulabhtoiletmuseum.org.
Because Gershenson has a PhD, which makes her really smart, she was able to conclude that "the actual museum might not be easy to visit." That probably means that "India is really far away". Nonetheless, she insists that "if you, like me are doing research on gender and space, the site is definitely worth checking out."
In Gershenson and Penner's call for papers, the phrase "Any subject is appropriate" really sums it up. "Glory holes" used to facilitate anonymous sex in university restrooms and profane poems on the walls of bathrooms are no longer a source of embarrassment for professors and administrators. There is no longer a need to cover them up with putty and spray paint. Now, they are just another form of diversity to be celebrated. Break out the rainbow flags!
To say that "toilet humor" is now a form of art is to insult the architects of the diversity movement. To them, "toilet humor" is more than art. It is the subject of scholarly inquiry and serious academic discourse.
And now, untenured professors will be able to write about such subjects in publications they can use to get tenure at a public university near you. And once they do, there will be no way to flush them out of the academy (sorry).
The call for "Toilet Papers" reminds me of the time a student at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, (336-316-2301) wrote a blasphemous paper concerning her sexual fantasies about Jesus Christ. It was hard to believe that even an immature college student could write something so profane and offensive-especially at a supposedly Christian college.
But, then, the Dean gave the student the award for the 2004 Outstanding Work of Fiction. It was considered the "best" any student had to offer at Guilford.
To tolerate filth is one thing, to celebrate it is another. That is where we stand today in higher education. We are knee deep and getting deeper.