In college I wrote an essay on a scholarly article I read proposing that access to sexual partners was a contributing factor to the decision of young men to join gangs. Here is a link to the abstract: https://www.jstor.org/stable/3812791.
In the essay I joked that this must be Due to Michael Jackson's video for Beat it, as it made it appear that all gang members are secretly awesome dancers, and the ladies just can't help themselves. I remember my teacher writing "you are blaming women for an awful lot of violence."
First of all this was the premise of a scholarly article in a behavioral journal based on dozens of in-depth interviews with gang members.
Secondly, I did not blame women.
I very clearly blamed the Man in the Mirror.
I believe this was the same teacher who told me Eminem was a prostitute and if I liked him I was one too!!
Ok not really! What she actually said is that Eminem was "sacrificing his integrity to make money," and that the word for doing that is prostitution. She perceived this to be a "flaw in my reasoning." My reasoning was that Rap was already targeting the lowest common denominator, and Eminem was simply taking it to a comical extreme, and people appreciated his ability to do so without becoming a characatcher of other rappers.
I'm not sure I explained that well enough.
Here's to MJ and MM, and persnickety substitute college professors with social axes to grind against immature males on 4/20.
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