Saturday, February 5, 2011

How far we ain't come

Theologian and public intellectual Adam Kostko, who's had many thousands of online conversations about theory, two weeks ago acknowledged the validity of a criticism of his book, Awkwardness: "Yes, exploring this supposedly universal human trait exclusively through the false universal of the white male was problematic — I had never thought about it in those terms, but once you put it in those terms, it’s an obvious blind spot." Nobody'd pointed that problem out to him before.

1 comment:

Athena Andreadis said...

Adam Kotsko is essentially a postdoctoral fellow. The book is probably an expansion of his dissertation. But it is indeed obvious from his replies on his blog and in his Guardian piece that he's as oblivious to women as persons as Apatow and the men featured in his bromances. I wish I could say I were surprised.