Take a walk on the left side
As in “What in the hell is she teaching kids at Augustana?”
An article from April 7th’s edition of the Augustana Mirror (page 11) on the topic of the University’s Gay-Straight Alliance campaigning in the community on this year’s marriage amendment has a quote from Professor Jessica. And this quote is such that I suspect it’s going to have several people scratching their heads:
Jessica Nathanson, writing assistant professor at Augustana, believes that society must first examine the institution of marriage.Yeeeow. Marriage is ownership? Although I might feel at times that my wife owns my tail when I forgot some major task, I'm going to assume that Professor Jessica is referring more to an oppressive ownership of women. And that article is just a start.
“It is ownership,” she said. “Marriage is an oppressive institution.”
Nathanson wants society to understand the original ideas of marriage.
Do a web search on Jessica Nathanson, and it's easy for anyone doing research on this academic that she has a long and well documented history of teaching and writing on an "amped up" form of sexuality and radical feminism that seems a bit out of place for South Dakota and for Augustana.
That being said, they don't seem to have a problem with her views, and I don't have any kids attending there, so I'm not going to quibble over it.
But as she starts to be quoted on such tidbits like "Marriage is an oppressive institution," it's easier and easier for my side to clean our brushes in anticipation of a campaign where it's easy to paint her as a left-leaning academic who doesn't share the values of the voters she hopes to represent.
In the meantime, if there are any College Republicans at Augustana who attended the Gender Studies Conference this past Saturday, I'd love to borrow your notes from when Professor Nathanson lectured. I might need them for a test this fall.