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Jes Battis responds to Robert Fulford's article, "Lex Luthor hearts Superman: Your tax dollars at work"
Thank you for your highly entertaining article, Lex Luthor hearts Superman: Your tax dollars at work. Its vast evidentiary gaps, undertones of homophobia and blustering contempt for cultural studies and the arts in Canada make it a singularly interesting piece. You've also managed to make my scholarship sound luridly fascinating, and to give international attention to my work on at-risk gay and lesbian youth and the history of LGBT teenlit. For this, I thank you.
If you had contacted me before writing this piece, we could have had a great conversation about phobias around popular culture in the academic community, as well as the current government's desire to streamline the arts into an executive branch of the Canadian military while cutting funding to gay and lesbian youth centers, women's centers, safe injection sites and other social programming across Canada.
I wanted to thank you as well for visiting my blog and reporting on it. Blogs, you might realize, are a venue for "chattering endlessly" about one's life. They are also an incredible resource for oppressed communities to circumvent and defy political censorship. Blogs save lives. So thank you for reminding us of that.
And thanks as well for drawing more attention to my teaching, which currently focuses on gender and sexuality within television cultures. Since far more youth watch Leave It To Beaver rather than reading the National Post, their global engagement with television is one of the most crucial areas of media scholarship today. Incidentally, what are you watching on TV at the moment? I love The Wire. It's about media surveillance, racism and homophobia. You should check it out.