Baylor's Awesome "Homosexuality as Gateway Drug" Class Gets New Name

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One thing about Baylor: It stands by its convictions, no matter how wacky.

Take, for instance, the class they offer called "Homosexuality as Gateway Drug." Some might find that hilariously offensive, or offensively hilarious, but Baylor knows it is a serious look at how homosexuality can lead to....heroin? Bestiality? We guess you'd have to take the class to find out.

Baylor, of course, had no problem with the course. And so when popular Web sites Buzzfeed and Reddit took note of the class, Baylor stood its ground. For about 24 hours.

Then it took the bold, decisive and principled move of renaming the class "Family Studies."

Meaning the family is a gateway drug?

We guess you'll have to take the class to find out.

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Tipper
Tipper

This course is a 4V90 course - the V stands for variable hour - and the reason there is only one spot is because this was a class made specifically for one student. Baylor custom-tailors classes for individual students all the time (its actually a pretty cool concept), however things like this can happen because of it. Yes, this title is very insensitive and unfortunately does not communicate the student's original intent:

The hypothesis of this particular student suggested that many LGBT people turn to drugs as an escape from the negative interactions they receive from the world for being LGBT. Hence the title. Obviously I can't report that it's statistically factual since this is someone's thesis and not published findings but at a glance it appears intrinsically true. People turn to drugs in lieu of stress. However, I can say it's not driven by bigoted ambition as everyone assumes at a glance. Imagine the support for struggling LGBT's that might come from this research.

Urumomo
Urumomo

so your "glance " is more 'true' ( intrensically )sik (sic) than those that "assume " . Your words ,ASSHOLE . what a fuckin bunch of bullshit . glad I didn't waste my $ on college . go f your self.

Maggie_Mae
Maggie_Mae

Your explanation of the class title doesn't match the one from bearzzz, above. 

So, is bigotry the explanation--or just inability to use the English language?  Neither option makes Baylor look good....

Dr. Murphy
Dr. Murphy

To say that Baylor is Christian is like saying that Hitler was a saint.

Lucritia
Lucritia

I've heard that this is a graduate studies course that a graduate student sarcastically named because that's what he was trying to explore in his paper, which is why the class load is 1, and that it wasn't designed as a homophobic course. (Although as a gay BU alum nothing would surprise me.) Could we get some follow-up reporting on that? I'm very curious to see if the Houston Chronicle commenter was correct.

Anthem281
Anthem281

Two things:  Look at their "Religious Studies" department (looks for like a conservative christian think tank and less like a legitimate institution that studies religion in a scholarly manner)  They should consider changing it to Radical Right Wing Christian Conservative Institute.

Second, take a look at "Professor" Martha Shermann's other course offerings.  I pity the fool that thinks that Baylor's Sociology program is very scholarly.  More and more Baylor is looking like Jerry Falwell's Liberty University.

Gnhhjuyt
Gnhhjuyt

>>>insert usual leftist talking points

Dudley "Booger" Dawson
Dudley "Booger" Dawson

So is the great doctor saying that pole smoking leads to crack smoking?  Insanity.

Sasha Evans
Sasha Evans

I know!  I wish that they would release the name of the student who suggested this title because I would like to know what he/she was thinking.

Case Closed
Case Closed

OK, folks, forget about the prof here; the prof --irony or not -- is a symptom, not the cause. Consider the president of this institution of higher learning!!!

bearzzz
bearzzz

The course was badly named, but it was not homophobic. The course was named by a student taking an independent study, who titled it ironically. The topic of the course was to investigate if increased acceptance of homosexuality was correlated with acceptance of other once-scorned behaviors like cohabitation, etc. The title was ironic, making an analogy between anti-gay rhetoric and fear of drugs like marijuana. The title is actually intended as a critique of the idea that accepting homosexuality is a "slippery slope" to accepting anything and everything. Please do not judge Baylor or the professor based on this title. This is a terrible, terrible misunderstanding.  Please do not send the prof any hatemail--she's really nice and very open-minded.

Vanessamiller61
Vanessamiller61

Dr. S is not that open-minded.  She is extremely conservative.  She told us that the title was intentionally provocative.  I think that she often makes "foot in mouth" statements and this is just another one of them.

Anon
Anon

Vanessa Miller has apparently never taken a course from Dr. S.  Dr. S. said that the student chose the title, and the STUDENT wanted it to be provactive.  Dr. S. merely attempted to allow the student some academic freedom.  And in response to Anthem281 below, Dr. S. only offers one other large class, Marriage and Family, a standard sociology course at any university.

Writer for a Free Fishwrap
Writer for a Free Fishwrap

Often? Give us more examples, please.

Sasha Evans
Sasha Evans

Hi, I'm in one of Sherman's classes and I can attest to Vanessamiller61's comments.  She has never said anything specifically anti-gay in my class, but she has made other statements about other sociological groups like latinos.  Also she once made a statement against women having kids late in life which was extremely offensive to me because my mom had me when she was 41. Back to the course...the fact that she actually approved this course title gives evidence to her being anti-gay.  I was disgusted when I found out about it.  She told our class that she was sorry about it but she clearly has poor judgement to have approved the title in the first place.

guest
guest

"No lie can live forever " Thank you . Great to see a comment to a story that has more accurate information than the story itself. We live in a world of lazy twitter journalists who want to put in only enough effort to support their agenda, not to get to the truth.

Lorianne Gilmore
Lorianne Gilmore

the sad part is, the world is full of these "lazy twitter journalists" because people these days have no brains and refuse to pick up a paper or a damn book. We made this problem and only we can change it.

Greg
Greg

written by MrsHopeM,November 11, 2011This situation was taken far out of context. Someone saw this class (an independent study class that ONE student decided to investigate) and without asking any questions or seeking clarification, posted an image online and now Baylor has to deal with the backlash from an LGBT Mob. How is it possible that people who preach about open discussions of these topics not only are not open to discuss them, but aren't even informed about them. The student taking this class was seeking to discover if there was any validity to the notion much held by conservative members of society as to whether or not acceptance of homosexuality opens up members in society to be more accepting of things further outside the traditional spectrum of sexual relations. In which case homosexuality would be a "gateway drug" in this instance. For shame to everyone who will get outraged over this without trying to understand the workings underneath. What makes you any better than someone who judges a gay man by his exterior and rushes to a predetermined conclusion?

bluedye33139
bluedye33139

I think the hilarity of "homosexuality as a gateway drug" merits the laughs and larks that it has generated. Are we supposed to not laugh at this? It's actually quite funny. One day you're having tons of gay sex, and the next day you're ... moving on to harder stuff?

Urumomo
Urumomo

I'm too old to move on ,, cn't I stay where I'm at ?

H_e_x
H_e_x

Haha, what bullshit. If anyone believes any of that they are fucking idiots. What's on the agenda next week, Jews and the banking system? Blacks stealing white women? Give me a break.

PC Police
PC Police

You are definitely the ultimate authority on bullshit.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Herp da derp

PC Police
PC Police

Why would you respond to a "troll" over and over again?

 I guess we all can't be born with fully-functioning brains. tsk tsk tsk What a shame.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Aw snap, the cracker troll sure told me. What creative, totally not-cliched comeback are you going to come up with this week?

FuckHoustonPress
FuckHoustonPress

What does the box representing a Baylor course have to do with this story?  Are you making up crap to cause problems for Baylor?  The course listing only says it is a special topics course in topics not listed in the general catalog. Maybe it is a course in how to run a gay friendly trashpaper, like Houston Press.

bluedye33139
bluedye33139

You are arguing that a story about a Baylor special topics class would NOT be a slam on Baylor university if it did not have the photograph? That's a strange argument.

Gay-friendly is hyphenated, by the way.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Gay friendly, as opposed to homophobic?

PC Police
PC Police

Tolerance is a two way street. How many times must we go over this?

Maggie_Mae
Maggie_Mae

He calls it "PC Police's Mom"....

Redacted
Redacted

Just like the "vast majority of Texans" who believed interracial marriage violated the "sanctity" of the institution, and would destroy the "traditional family"?

Simply because its the opinion of the majority that something is "wrong" for "traditional" reasons (with almost no actual documented negative effects) doesn't mean we should legislate it.

PC Police
PC Police

Do you have a female name for it?

PC Police
PC Police

No middle ground, huh? It's your way or the highway, huh? Nevermind the vast majority of Texans who believe in the sanctity of traditional marriage between a man and a woman. Nevermind the vast majority of Texans who don't embrace the homosexual lifestyle with open arms and instead believe in a traditional family with a Mother and a Father. Screw these people, right? Tolerance is a two way street whether you like it or not.

 And BTW, that ridiculous made up term "homophobic" is silly to say the least. There is no 'fear' of homosexuals. Everytime you trot that term out you lose any and all credibility, FYI.

Anthonyjwoo
Anthonyjwoo

actually, if pro-gay is defined as believing that people who are gay should have equal protection under the law and that any laws that make lifestyles that are specific only to otherwise law abiding homosexuals (such as anti-homosexual "conduct" laws that prohibit sexual acts between consenting adults of the same gender) and homophobic is defined as believing that homosexuality should not be protected under the same anti-discrimination laws as race or gender, then yes, if you are not pro-gay then you are, in fact, homophobic.  There is no middle ground.  You cannot believe that discrimination of any type against people who are homosexual is okay and not be homophobic.

H_e_x
H_e_x

To touch myself, obviously.

PC Police
PC Police

Why do you have an old dirty sock on your hand?

H_e_x
H_e_x

Does that mean I can finally start my anti-White group?Crackers beware!/s

PC Police
PC Police

So you're either pro gay or you're homophobic? Let's try using your brain now.

bbonthehill
bbonthehill

As many times as we have to explain that tolerance of intolerance is not tolerance.

Mike in Houston
Mike in Houston

And the language in this post would get you expelled from the University you're supposedly defending. (Read the code of conduct.)

Clay Wisner
Clay Wisner

Maybe if Sandusky had taken this course...

rrowrrr...
rrowrrr...

The maximum classload is "one." Are we certain this isn't really just a Craigslist ad?

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