Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Dangers of Teaching, Part 8: More Double Entendre Action

You'd think I would learn. Sigh.

Today I was talking about a scandal over homosexuals in Portland in 1912. Basically, a lot of middle-class guys were hooking at the YMCA, parks, and other spots we might think of as typical today.

I was discussing why this was such a big scandal and why working-class homosexuality was treating somewhat differently.

Like usual, I was talking off the cuff and mentioned that it was a big deal because they guys were the "cream of society."

The class totally lost it. Naturally, a witty student asked if they were "up and coming."

At least this blog series gives me a place to keep track of all these incidents.