From an Inside Higher Ed article titled “Overexposed?” comes this:
Diana Blaine, who lectures on feminist theory, recently linked her blog to an online photo album that has topless photos of her near a painting of a topless woman, and at â€œBurning Man,â€� an annual weeklong festival in Nevada where clothing is optional.
After a student who has made a habit of criticizing Blaine on his blog, â€œ Cardinal Martini,â€� linked to the photos, an NBC station in Los Angeles reported that the pictures are â€œcausing concern,â€� bringing Blaine even more exposure.
First off, USC (where Blaine teaches) has basically said that she hasn’t violated any of their policies, so they aren’t pursuing any action against her. And this is a good thing since these photos etc. (there are links in the article, if you’re curious) are on her Flickr account and her own web server and such.
Second, while I understand and basically support the feminist politics that Blaine is putting in play here, it personally strikes me as falling into the category of “too much information.” Or let me put it to you this way: you won’t be seeing any topless or otherwise exposed pics of me either here or on my unofficial blog anytime soon.
Third and perhaps most distrubring are the angry student(s) keeping a blog that seems directed at attacking Blaine. She seems to be taking it in stride, but if I had former/current students who seemed hell-bent on this sort of attack against me, I don’t think I’d be quite as passive about it.