This Women's Studies class handout will teach you how to deal with a lesbian encounter in 1988.
#OMG? More like WTF? (via)
New York magazine pop music critic Jody Rosen was helping a friend pack for a move and found a handout from a 1988 women's studies class titled When You Meet a Lesbian: Hints for the Heterosexual Women. The checklist that was created for students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison reads like a guide to dealing with Goonies or werewolf encounters.
Must have been awkward for students named Mary, Pam or Lori. (via)
It's one thing if it were something posted outside of the '88 Country Music Awards, but this is a women's studies class, which would indicate that suggestions like "Do not run from the room. This is rude" were meant to be satirical. Then again, "If you must back away, do so slowly and with discretion" sounds like it could be from the desk of Michele Bachmann, dated yesterday.
The 1980's were a confusing time for the United States, which was facing threats from the Soviet Union, crack cocaine and Boy George, but it's still pretty shocking to see what was considered sound advice in dealing with gay people less than thirty years ago. If this is how a women's studies class was dealing with lesbians, it's possible that the instructions for dealing with a gay male encounter simply read "run!"
(by Jonathan Corbett)