Accounting for Queer Studies by Tom Leger
A cost-benefit analysis of queer studies, and why student loan debt is crushing our communities.
“Whatever the reason for our debilitating addiction, I would like us to stop taking on punishing debt to become students. The disappearance of gay community bookstores, of queer theater, of LGBT publishing, can be directly tracked back to our collective insanity with regards to the academy. Instead of starting a sex toy shop or financing a short film, how many of your friends are paying off never-ending student loan debt? Instead of producing your own DIY book tour, are you paying Sallie Mae $500 per month as punishment for a degree in multi-media arts from an “elite” university? I wonder what culture could the queers of Brooklyn be making if we weren’t burdened by the $29,848 that, on average, every single person with an MA graduates with.”
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