Link Rot

So this isn't link rot in the normal sense, I'm not going to post about how links age on the internet, because frankly I bet you could care less. No, I'm going to post about links that have been sitting around in my "you should post TealArt entries about these articles" folder (ok so it's a mental categorization, shoot me.

We Are Not OK This one from June 17th. About gay male community issues, relating to drug usage, HIV. I really enjoyed the authors analysis that: > One of the questions I most frequently ask residents is "What is it that you wanted to do sexually that you could only do when you were high?" You might suppose that the answer would be an array of sex acts so extreme and kinky as to be unimaginable. And for some this is true. However, for most, their fantasy is no more than to get fucked and to connect with another man. Albeit in all the wrong places and all the wrong ways, these guys are basically looking for love.

Spot on. People keep saying things like that, pretty soon I'll be out of a job. But seriously, I think the guy nailed it here. This is why projects like WWOTB are necessary, this kind of analysis makes what I'm interested in worthwhile. I need to go back over the research, but my sense is that gay men, for a multitude of reasons, are not exceptional in their problematic ability to relate to each other/other men (the leader in this little sub-group is Peter Nardi, who's work is fascinating and really rather good. So there.) Nardi's work is so interesting, it's a good thing he's at a college that doesn't have a Ph.D. program, elsewise (my new favorite word), I'd be tempted to apply to study with him, and I'm not sure I can deal with that kind of disciplinary shift. (Though in fairness, I'm practically doing sociology at this point anyway, so it wouldn't be too shocking, never the less, despite any griping that may go on, I'm pretty happy where I am.)

Bloggers Need Not Apply Seems, search committees for academic jobs google people as part of their process, and people's blogging has interfered with jobs and what not. I worried about this for a while, but then it became a non issue, or something. TealArt isn't a typical blog: I don't complain about people or shitty institutional situations and I don't share any information that could be potentially identifying. The most incriminating act that I commit on TealArt is blathering, and unreviewed academic work, which at this point isn't a big deal, and frankly I think TealArt is more of an asset than a potential harm. Shrug, the article is good though. Enjoy it.

I'm feeling all bloggy, so expect a spree in the next few days/hours. Cheers... Sam

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