“we do not advocate the killing of the host”
This is actually already happening but it’s refreshing to hear people admitting that it’s a strategy.
The College Fix reported:
Scholars champion ‘Women’s Studies as Virus’ concept: ‘infect, disrupt traditional fields’
Two academics at the Arizona State University authored an academic article arguing that students of women’s studies should “serve as symbolic ‘viruses’” in order to “infect, unsettle, and disrupt traditional and entrenched fields.”
The article, published in Géneros: Multidisciplinary Journal on Gender Studies and titled “Women’s Studies as Virus: Institutional Feminism and the Projection of Danger,” was authored by Arizona State University women’s studies professor Breanne Fahs and Arizona State graduate student Michael Karger.
The paper “theorizes that one future pedagogical priority of women’s studies is to train students not only to master a body of knowledge but also to serve as symbolic ‘viruses’ that infect, unsettle, and disrupt traditional and entrenched fields.”
“While this metaphor works imperfectly—we do not advocate the killing of the host, for example,” the authors write, “it situates women’s studies as an insurrectionary field and extends its already ‘dangerous’ status in compelling ways.”
Noting that viruses replicate “by attaching to and exploiting the DNA synthesis process of host cells,” and alleging that “both capitalism and academia already function with the virus as one of their guiding metaphors,” the authors state that a virus is nevertheless “capable of more than merely replication in relation to the host:”
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