Hating Hillary, Baiting Barack, Mocking McCain, and “Pornifying” Palin
...an illustrated lecture by Jane Caputi, Professor of Women’s Studies at Florida Atlantic University
Monday, October 6th
Great Room, Simon Center
“As everyone knows, each U.S. president has been a White man. The 2008 Presidential campaign is historic because it is the first time that there have been viable primary candidates who break that mold.
These circumstances have aroused many hopes, but also many fears. The campaign has brought out underlying resentments and prejudices revolving around gender, race, religion, class, and age. Questions about policy have taken a back seat to baiting questions like: Who is the “real” man or woman? Who is the “true” American?
The suspicions and prejudices of the 2008 election are vividly represented in the commercial political paraphernalia that will be shown & discussed in this lecture...Some might suppose that the often vicious attitudes found in this paraphernalia merely represent the views of extremist fringe groups. But look again. Similar sentiments permeate mainstream media and opinion...
This talk is intended to encourage critical reflection and further the ongoing public discussion about engaged citizenship, genuine community, and social justice.”
-Professor Jane Caputi
Sponsored by the General Education and Women’s Studies Programs