Musée des arts et métiers, Paris. Machine à écrire portable Corona, 1920.

My Writing Workshop

As many of you know, I am the blogger formerly known as the Chronicle of HIgher Education’s Tenured Radical.  You can still access the work I did online between 2007 and 2015 by clicking on the link in the menu above. Because I am writing at many different places now, I redesigned my old webpage to…

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Books That Matter: Twenty-Five Years of Gender Trouble

There are books that matter. Then there are books that matter more, like Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (New York: Routledge, 1990) that marked its 25th anniversary in 2015. Dipping back into it now, Gender Trouble’s achievements were astonishingly broad, and reached into multiple disciplines. It collated and built on…

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Is the Internet the Final Bohemia? (OA Version)

This open access version of my essay is reposted from a roundtable on Russell Jacoby’s The Last Intellectuals, published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 29 2015. In 1987, I was in graduate school at New York University, living among the “milk-toast professors” who, in Jacoby’s words, “turned purple” with rage at his book’s arguments. When…

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Which Side Are You On?

It isn’t uncommon that, when hearing about the research I have done on the history of anti-pornography feminism, audiences assume that I must be an anti-pornography feminist too.But do you know that? Do you even have the right to ask? Should I tell you? My hope for this book is that you will be so compelled…

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Free Range Research

One of my talents as a researcher is also one of my flaws. I reach far beyond the main focus of a given project to try to raise new questions and make connections that all allow me to understand it better. This has seemed particularly important in my current project, in which the history of…