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Prof. David Gilmour Won’t Teach Books By Women And Chinese Authors


Canadian professor and novelist David Gilmour refuses to teach literature written by female and chinese and authors. Um, WTF? Imagine attending a lecture or course on great literature and having ENTIRE groups excluded. Sorry, bro, I am paying for this class not for sexism and racism.

Make no mistake, there’s no confusion about this “established” professor’s misogyny. David Gilmour told Hazlitt magazine, “I’m not interested in teaching books by women. What I teach is guys. Serious heterosexual guys. Real guy-guys.”

So, it’s not just men, it’s a certain kind of man. Ew. What decade are we in where people are allowed to say things like this?  Oh, and wait there is more. Gilmour elaborates on his personal biases, “I’m not interested in teaching books by women. Virginia Woolf is the only writer that interests me as a woman writer, so I do teach one of her short stories. But once again, when I was given this job I said I would only teach the people that I truly, truly love. Unfortunately, none of those happen to be Chinese, or women. ”

So ALL women and Chinese writers are just bad? With the exception of Virginia Woolf of course. With all the tens of thousands of female and Chinese writers you’d think it would seem absurd to dismiss ALL of these authors. There are so many books. When I think of how many books that have been written I get queasy because there ARE SO MANY OF THEM written by ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE. Who doesn’t like Margaret Atwood or Toni Morrison for Christ’s sake? I am JUST SAYIN’ THO.

And yes, his students notice the blatant misogyny and he doesn’t give a shit either, “Usually at the beginning of the semester a hand shoots up and someone asks why there aren’t any women writers in the course. I say I don’t love women writers enough to teach them, if you want women writers go down the hall. What I teach is guys. Serious heterosexual guys. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Chekhov, Tolstoy. Real guy-guys. Henry Miller. Philip Roth.”

I am sure many of these authors would roll their eyes so far in their head they could see their stomachs at the preposterous notion that they are, “serious heterosexual guys,” when so many of them strived to write characters who transcended the socially constructed feminine-masculine dichotomy. How is the University of Toronto employing this buffoon?

This guy is a turd of a man. How can he teach male AND FEMALE and CHINESE students about literature if he doesn’t think a large group of them are capable of producing worthwhile writing?

    Emerald is an editor at CollegeCandy, lover of coffee, and pretend francophile. After studying writing and popular culture at NYU she decided to be a grownup and get a job. Tweet at ya' girl @EmeraldGritty.