Republican state legislators in Georgia are picking on some courses on sexuality, claiming that they are inappropriate uses of taxpayer money. I hadn’t posted on this before, because by the time I found out about it, the case seemed closed. The scholars in question testified before the Georgia House Committee on Higher Education, which received their work on HIV transmission and attitudes toward sexual behaviours well, making clear that this committee found the work to be valuable. Unfortunately, that has not stalled the state representatives, Calvin Hill and Charlice Byrd:
“We are going to continue to investigate, and continue to ask our constitutents to investigate,” Rep. Calvin Hill, R-Canton, said this morning.
Hill joined Rep. Charlice Byrd, R-Woodstock, last week in criticizing state public universities for offering classes on topics such as male prostitution and oral sex after seeing a Georgia State University list of faculty research experts.
Picking on sexualities scholars is nothing new, but the economic crisis has given new life to the anti-intellectual and anti-sex crusaders that often has a strong anti-gay undertone as well. Sexualities may be the easiest target, but there is no way that an anti-intellectual movement against particular topics in higher education research will stop there.