There are many avenues to gain insight into the topics of sex, sexuality and gender. Researchers and academics often find unique windows of investigation to learn more about the topic.
A new course at Rutgers' Department of Women's and Gender Studies will use Beyonce as a tool of investigating ideas related to sex, gender and race in a course titled "Politicizing Beyonce". According to the school's website,
“This isn’t a course about
political engagement or how many times she performed during President Obama’s inauguration weekend... rather, the performer’s
music and career are used as lenses to explore American race, gender, and sexual politics
Course topics include the extent of Beyoncé’s control over her own aesthetic, whether her often half-naked body is empowered or stereotypical, and her more racy performances as her alter ego, “Sasha Fierce.”
And in a year of increasing political conversations, those jousting for power often attack what they believe to be poor uses of government money.
Wisconsin Senate candidate Mark Neumann has actively attacked the
National Institutes of Health's award of $357,000 to the University of Kentucky to study the behavior or "risky sex habits" of the Japanese Quail while on cocaine. As these same behaviors are witnessed in humans according to
Dr. James Tracy, the vice president for research at the University of Kentucky and the Japanese Quail seems to be an animal with no embarrassment of procreation in a lab, "
the Scicurious blog at Scientific American defended it as 'a potentially valuable study that could teach us something about how cocaine changes behaviors, and the underlying mechanisms of change.' ”
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