Officials want to remove sex expert faculty

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ATLANTA --- Upset House Republicans are mounting a campaign to purge Georgia's higher education system of professors with an expertise in racy sexuality topics as the state grapples with a $2.2 billion shortfall.

State Rep. Charlice Byrd of Woodstock took the House well on Friday to announce a "grass-roots" effort to oust professors with expertise in subjects such as male prostitution, oral sex and "queer theory."

"This is not considered higher education," she said. "If legislators are going to dole out the dollars, we should have a say-so in where they go."

Ms. Byrd and her supporters, including state Rep. Calvin Hill, said they will team with the Christian Coalition and other religious groups to pressure fellow lawmakers and the Board of Regents to eliminate the jobs.

"Our job is to educate our people in sciences, business, math," said Mr. Hill, a vice chairman of the budget-writing House Appropriations Committee. He said professors aren't going to meet those needs "by teaching a class in queer theory."

The Board of Regents, which oversees the state's colleges and universities, has bristled at attempts by legislators to dictate who it should hire. A regents spokesman said the system's mission -- teaching, research and service -- is a broad field.

He said the state's schools hire faculty with expertise in a range of subjects as part of "a tradition of investigating the human experience." And he noted that they aren't teaching "how to" courses, but rather they are experts on the sociological trends and risks.

"Certainly the mission of higher education is to broaden the field of knowledge and research," said spokesman John Millsaps. "That covers a lot of topics. Some may be considered to some as controversial, but to others it could be considered needed."

Mr. Hill and Ms. Byrd were incensed to learn a University of Georgia professor teaches a graduate course on "queer theory." They also took aim at Georgia State University, where an annual guide to its faculty experts lists a sociology lecturer as an expert in oral sex and faculty member Kirk Elifson as an expert in male prostitution.

Georgia State University spokeswoman Andrea Jones called the argument "flawed."

"Teaching courses in criminal justice, for example, does not mean that our students are being prepared to become criminals. Quite the opposite," Ms. Jones said. "Legitimate research and teaching are central to the development of relevant and effective policy."

Mr. Hill expressed frustration that the higher education system isn't adopting harsh cuts -- such as furloughs -- at a time when other agencies are doing so. But he said he would have called for the cuts even if there were no budget crisis.

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Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 02/07/09 - 07:19 am
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Leave it up to the

Leave it up to the Reicpublicans with their 'holier than thou' attitude to target the sexual stuff. I swear they are a bunch of closet [filtered word] the way they try to remove sex from EVERYTHING! Well given the economic woes and job loss rates it looks like sex may be the only entertainment most folks will be able to afford, so we better keep these classes. Reichpublicans are such idiots, I mean really, just read the comments. Sexaually repressed men are the root of all evil in the world.

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Roadkill 02/07/09 - 07:47 am
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Since when does a college

Since when does a college student have to be taught about sex?

karmakills123
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karmakills123 02/07/09 - 08:34 am
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Damn brad...do you really

Damn brad...do you really believe that courses on oral sex are needed?? Or Male prostitution?? I mean I am as sexually liberal as the next person ..but at a time when monies are tight these type of useless courses should not be funded.....you sound extremely angry about this ..Why is that?..

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Brad Owens 02/07/09 - 10:10 am
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It just seems that they LOVE

It just seems that they LOVE to target 'safe' things to be against while leaving HUGE really wasteful stuff in the buget that's all. Now they get to pontificate to the God Squad about how they cut out 'liberal sex smut' so they could save Leonard Hogsnatches earmark for building a parking lot at the YMCA. I am all for cutting spending but its WHY they are against this that I find particularly offensive. Don't see them trying to get religion classes cut do we? And I would say that sex classes on oral sex are 1000% more useful than certian theology classes. JMHO..

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brentwinner 02/07/09 - 10:11 am
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Let's keep in mind that being

Let's keep in mind that being listed as an expert in a certain field doesn't necessarily translate to a class on that topic. It just means they have done research on the topic. As far as the classes go, I would invited any of you to actually sit in on one of the classes or make an effort to find out what is actually taught in these classes. They are interesting and informative and not for the reasons you may think. I say this as a graduate of GA State University and as someone who has taken one of these classes.

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JimiBob 02/07/09 - 10:17 am
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"Our job is to educate our

"Our job is to educate our people in sciences, business, math,"
SO i guess they forgot about cultural anthropology, history, political science, sociology, and psychology (but i guess one could make a strong arguement that its a science). Im a catholic, and you can't call the "God Squad" on everything. These are liberal arts institutions; not Liberty University.

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