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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Vanderbilt University Nora Spencer TJ Jourian and another "man" gets the Job part 1

Information regarding this post has been repeatedly brought to my attention through a series of comments in the last month or so. This subject is pertinent to my last few post regarding bringing attention to jobs for women/lesbians and the "queer" and trans/male(Maletf/ftMale) efforts to co-op and/or "queer" Women's Studies in universities across the globe and my efforts to see that it does not continue.

Vanderbilt University's Nora Spencer recently hired TJ Jourian, a once proud self proclaimed trans(man) (whom after receiving passing privilege from "T" has now dropped the trans altogether) as the Program Coordinator for the Office of LGBTQI Life, a post vacated (for reasons unknown) by a lesbian. You're probably thinking, so what's wrong with this picture dirt? Well, I'm going to show you step by step exactly whats wrong with this picture and at the same time illustrate how what has happened at Vanderbilt and similar places is being utilized as a blueprint for colleges and universities across the globe.

The problem here begins with Nora Spencer, or rather Nora Spencer's "queer" leanings. What do we know about "queer" Nora Spencer? We know that in 2008 when she was housed at the University of Florida she supported the Gainesville Transgender ordinance that opened up women's public bathrooms, locker rooms, shower room, changing rooms and any other private female area for anyone IDing as transgender. See here:

















Nora herself claims here that 95% of pedophiles and rapists are straight middle-aged men, yet fails to state (or leaves conveniently out) that 95 plus percent of trans(women) are (white) "middle-aged heterosexual men"! Her words, not mine.

Moving on...That same year (2008) Nora was hired by Vanderbilt University as the Directer for the GLBT center. Make note of the center's name when Nora was first hired in 2008 (GLBT), also make note Nora's educational background was/is in "creative writing", oh wait....she did take a "queer theory class", so obviously perfectly qualified to direct gays and lesbians! See screencap:













Continuing, Nora self identifies as "queer" and believes that "sexual orientation" and "gender" are not only "fluid" BUT "constructed" (how anti-essentialist of her) and she's come to this conclusion based not on a shred of empirical data but solely on the fact that she has "taken an interest in queer theory" (theory being the operative word) as well as taken a "ton of courses in it. Nora states that ideally she would like the center to become a "queer cultural space". And if you are a gay and especially lesbian you know exactly what that means, the exclusion and erasure of you and issues pertinent to you! See below:



















A year after "fluid-queer" Nora began her position at the GLBT center, she was also (to much dismay) appointed the directer of the Women's center and several personal were fired the same day. Also note the change of name at the GLBT center to that of LGBTQI Life center. Nothing like the continued systematic dilution of gays and lesbians to ensure our erasure from hetero-patriarchy..ermmm....I mean "queerdom". See below...
























As this has become quite lengthy I will have to do this in two parts. Will try to finish later/tomorrow for sure, so tune in to more queer/trans truths then.

Relevant links:
http://www.sfbaytimes.com/index.php?sec=article&article_id=4969
http://sitemason.vanderbilt.edu/element/9ty79cs/2008/06/10/vanderbilt-hires-director-for-glbt-center-nora-spencer-will-lead-expanded-office.58093
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20080203/news/802030312?p=1&tc=pg
http://www.vermontcynic.com/2.11606/freshman-films-girls-in-bathroom-1.1610240
http://www.vermontcynic.com/new-housing-moves-beyond-gender-1.2231429
http://naspa.org/programs/online/genderism.cfm
http://discoverarchive.vanderbilt.edu/bitstream/handle/1803/3689/Issue%202%20full.pdf?sequence=1%20and%20go%20on%20page%206

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10 comments:

  1. Other relevant information:
    *Nora Spencer Facebook account: http://www.facebook.com/noraspencer
    *TJ Jourian blog (not updated): http://hyetrent.blogspot.com/

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  2. This Nora Spencer is a shame and a threat for the L community: she should be fired by Vanderbilt for having succeeded in giving such a bad name to this University lgb center in only 2 years...

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  3. According to my information, after his 3 years at Vanderbilt (ie in 2013), TJ Jourian plans to stay in the USA to enroll into a PHD probably with a focus on "social justice" (ie "goodbye trans-status", Thank you for the privileges, he will go for a "normal" career now ;)
    Thanks to his trans-status TJ Jourian has managed to stay already 5 years in the USA (2003-2006 and then 2008-so far). Not bad !

    Would have any foreigner lesbian such opportunities ? I doubt....

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  4. A MFA in creative writing, Come on ! Is she kidding us or what ? Who is the incomptetnt bastard who hired her :D :D :D

    For sure, she is the most qualified to hold such job position !

    MFA in b* job you mean ? Not the usual straight joke :D

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  5. @Anon, the bastard who hired Nora Spencer is the Vanderbilt Dean of Students Mark Bandas (http://www.vanderbilt.edu/deanofstudents/dean.php)...

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  6. @Last anon, Sandy Stahl is the one to blame: she recruited Nora Spencer.
    (source: sandy.stahl@vanderbilt.edu and there: http://discoverarchive.vanderbilt.edu/bitstream/handle/1803/3689/Issue%202%20full.pdf?sequence=1%20and%20go%20on%20page%206)

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  7. Has someone contacted Sarah Smith-Benanti (http://www.facebook.com/sarah.benanti) to check what happened exactly ?

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  8. As a former Vandy student, I am not at all surprised by this hiring decision. Spencer and her MFA should not be leading an LGBTQI Center and certainly not a Women's Center. Why the university keeps Spencer around is beyond me. I have never understood how she got the job, when there were other, more qualified and credentialed candidates. This hiring is just another in a long series of questionable decisions made by Spencer and DoS (primarily S. Stahl) regarding support for LGBTQI students and women at Vanderbilt. Hopefully the Board intervenes soon and brings an end to this nonsense and requires DoS to hire qualified people for these positions and God (I am not even religious) willing a black person. Until then I will continue to withold my support of these centers and those who run them.

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  9. Come on this guy really thinks he is a feminist !

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW64mWroRYs

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  10. @Dirt, why not having a look here at this new video posted by TJ Jourian on his channel ?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tCZtY_j2EM

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