Keeping Abreast With USC

http://blogging.la/archives/images/2006/05/usc_boobs2-thumb.jpgA USC Professor is the center of controversy after local news stations were alerted to a handful of topless photos available on her personal blog and website. (Add this to the reasons I regret not having attended George Lucas’ alma mater.)

Dr. Diana York Blaine, who teaches Women’s Studies and is arguably a C cup, reacts to the scandal with little more than a yawn.

The couple of conservative USC students who have dedicated themselves to attacking me clearly grew frustrated at my refusal to react to them, so they upped the ante and contacted the media about my nudie pics. One station bit, and voila, we have a scandal. It was fun watching the broadcasts about me throughout the day as I do what I am trained to do as a gender scholar, interpret media representations; it’s just in this case I was the subject!


Dr. Blaine also used the controversy to teach a class centering on “scandals” in literature, including, “Marquis de Sade’s Justine, The Scarlet Letter, Song of Myself, Leaves of Grass, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Fear of Flying, The Bluest Eye, etc.”

Now that I have become the scandal du jour, or at least du yesterday, we can see what the dynamics of this incident reveal about our cultural values, how power is constructed through discourse and how it cannot be deployed monolithically but has slips and cracks where opposing voices come through.

When alerted to the naked photos of one its employees, a USC official said, “The University will not be held responsible for the content of personal Web pages. Personal Web pages shall not imply that they are representing or speaking on behalf of the University. ” (source: NBC 4)

In short, it sounds like the plan to tattle on the teacher backfired. The conservative USC students keep getting spanked by Dr. Blaine:

“Ummmm, let’s tell on her,” is in effect their motivation (which my husband has aptly branded “juvenile”), and that way we can get her in trouble with patriarchal authority, in this case the administration at USC. That will show her for disagreeing with us! Put her in her place!

In the meantime, Dr. Blaine’s blog receives more and more visits, and the self described “butt kicker” continues to punt some ass.

7 Replies to “Keeping Abreast With USC”

  1. This woman’s my dissertation adviser :)

    She’s an awesome feminist, who’s writing a book with a working title: “Why you might want to get breast implants — but I’m not going to.” It’ll look at why many women feel they must get boob jobs and lifts to feel okay about themselves, and a culture that promotes/allows this kind of thinking.

    The photos are in part an attempt to show what “normal” breasts look like to many people in this culture who’re most often exposed to surgically enhanced, airbrushed, unaged boobs. Considering that she included them before in public, open-to-all on-campus lectures about women’s bodies, I don’t see it creating any probs with the admin —

  2. Awesome banner placement skills, David.

    The only thing scandalous about that photo is the hairdo. Most likely fixing her hair wasn’t part of Diana’s “gender scholar” training.

    (I can’t even begin to comment on her use of the phrase “slips and cracks”…)

  3. The USC banner is a nice touch =)

    Just for the record we, the “conservative USC students”, didn’t contact the media. An intern or somebody at NBC4 stumbled onto the photos on our blog. I know this because I asked Cary Berglund how he came to learn about the photos.

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