Doctors need to know the differences between blokes and sheilas – so what else is there to gender studies?

December 1, 2010

One has a willy, the other hasn't - so what's to be studied?

Alf can’t get too excited about the axing of New Zealand’s first gender studies programme at Victoria University.

Yes, he has heard the wailings from feminist Sandra Coney who says there are still gains to be made in feminist movements where work was “not complete by any stretch of the imagination”.

It was a shame Victoria University was removing courses that catered to a diverse range of people, she said. “You’re really undermining … the concept of what a university is.”

But Alf can’t get too excited.

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The case for locking up Greenie Keith

November 18, 2009

Alf is fascinated by the extent to which trivia can trigger outrage among Greens and “peace” campaigners.

This time, the buggers are fair fuming and spluttering at finding the Security Intelligence Service (SIS) wants universities to alert the spooks to any illicit science relating to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

SIS director Dr Warren Tucker met the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee (NZVCC) and sent university managers a letter and a brochure called A Guide to Weapons of Mass Destruction: Your Role in Preventing Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

So that’s it. The SIS is telling the university bosses to keep an eye open for anything suspicious.

In the case of Canterbury University’s Rod Carr, it could be a big ask. The way Alf remembers him, the bugger is visually challenged. Severely.

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