Wednesday, May 25, 2005
On conservative turf
David was asking for permission to reprint a recent episode of my comic strip on the SAF website. It’s the one where the conservative student Cynthia is tabling for SAF, and Ginger, her professor, engages her in a little Socratic dialogue about the merits of teaching “theories” like creationism and holocaust denial. That episode was inspired by an excellent article called The New PC: Crybaby Conservatives in The Nation.
SAF is worried that the sizeable majority of college professors who are left-leaning democrats are indoctrinating their students by exposing them only to liberal ideas and not to conservative ones. Horowitz is also behind something called the ”academic bill of rights” which Republicans are introducing in various state legislatures. Here’s an informative piece on the Democracy Now! Site about how that effort is going down in Florida.
Anyhow, I told David Horowitz that absolutely, he could reprint my comic strip. And here it is on the SAF site. (Not sure how long they’ll keep it up—this is their home page, and they have a regular slot for a cartoon.)
I suppose that out of context like this, the strip could be read in such a way that Ginger appears to be the bad guy—for mocking Cynthia’s intellectual heroine, Ayn Rand. But I think that’s a small risk to run in the face of this opportunity for my comics to engage in a little Socratic dialogue of their own with Students for Academic Freedom. What do you think?
Here’s the strip in its own, cozy progressive context, should you care to peruse it.
Anyway, SAF is paying me a hundred bucks. I’m accepting suggestions on who to donate it to—preferably an organization that really is working to protect freedom of expression and promote intellectual honesty.
Monday, May 23, 2005
I'm speaking at the Boston Dyke March
Friday June 10, 6pm, Boston Commons. They promise me there will be puppets, bikes, panties, boxers, and thongs. Come join the fray. For more info.
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Hufu, the healthy human flesh alternative
www.eathufu.com would definitely be on the short list.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Damn that Newsweek! If only they’d stop telling people what was going on, we’d have world peace!
Thursday, May 12, 2005
The good people of Ithaca
It looks like Dykes To Watch Out For has been reinstated to The Buzz in Ithaca, thanks to some really great person who got a petition going. Heartfelt thanks to whoever that was, and everyone who signed.
Thursday, May 05, 2005
I am, therefore I blog.
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
DTWOF dropped in Ithaca NY
I can’t say I was surprised recently when The Buzz, a weekly in Ithaca, dropped my strip. More surprising was the fact that the Gannett media conglomerate-owned paper wanted to pick it up in the first place. But they did. They ran it for a few months. And then the publisher decided to pull it. I've heard that 250 people have signed a petition to bring the strip back, which is great. But I’m wondering if maybe the Ithaca Times, the alternative weekly there, might be a better forum for a latte-sipping, Volvo-driving, New York Times-reading, left wing freak show comic strip about a bunch of lesbians. I e-mailed the editors of the Ithaca Times to suggest this, but inexplicably they have not yet replied. So if you’re an Ithacan, feel free to let the people at the Buzz know that you miss the strip (if indeed you do), or ask the Ithaca Times to pick it up. I’d really love for my work to continue to be available in Ithaca, especially since the erstwhile Ithaca-based Firebrand Books published my books for many years.