Friday, April 25, 2003
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A minor complaint
However, the story line that really frosted me was from a few years ago, when Ross was sleeping with an undergraduate. If the caricature of academia in the Blogosphere is a collection of tenured radicals, the caricature of academia in popular culture is a collection of lecherous white male who inevitably bed one or more of their students.
This is true across mediums. Of the top of my head:
Movies: What Lies Beneath, Loser, Terms of Endearment, Moonstruck.
There is no fighting it; if a fictional character is a white male professor, nine times out of ten he's sleeping with the co-ed.
Why is this? Probably because, in the absence of illicit sex, our jobs appear to be intensely boring to the outside world.
UPDATE: Josh Cherniss thinks this phenomenon is simply an extension of the fact that sex sells in fiction. Maybe he's right -- however, what upsets me is affair-with-coed is the only persistent trope in the fictional depiction of academics.posted by Dan on 04.25.03 at 01:58 PM
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