Saturday, May 14, 2011

Horizontal Academics

A look on female sexuality and contemporary U.S. views on it when a joke thesis goes viral. Karen Owen, a recent Duke University grade made the mistake of sending out a fake thesis of her sexual encounters with athletes to a few of her friends which soon spread like wildfire over the internet. She has received harsh criticism. I analyse the contemporary views, her power point slides, language, as well as the factors that contribute to this story.

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Works Cited:

Carmon, Irin. "College Girl’s PowerPoint "Fuck List" Goes Viral." 30 Oct. 2010. Web. 24 Mar. 2011. <>.

hooks, bell. Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics. Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 2000.

"Karen Owen's Duke Sex-Rating PowerPoint Goes Viral (VIDEO)." Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post. 7 Oct. 2010. Web. 26 Mar. 2011. <>.

"Today Show" Spotlights Female Duke Student's Sex Thesis With Athletes." You Tube. 7 Oct. 2010. Web. 26 Mar. 2011. <>.

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