Professor “joins the lowercase ‘movement'” (sic) to reject the “symbols of hierarcy”.
Let’s forget for a moment that she’s keeping the “Doctor” in front of her name – as noxious a symbol of hierarchy as there is.
But let’s dig a little further.
Writing in pure lower case is the sort of stylistic affectation afforded almost exclusively to “artists”, from the wonderful e.e.cummings to a raft of “quirky” and almost invariably tiresome cartoonists, “writers” and other “artists” – almost all of whom get whatever legitimacy they claim from being part of the academy or some genus of counterculture or another…
…all of which is another term for class privilege.
Wonder if I can find a “lowercase movement” meeting somewhere?
Also – it’d be interesting to run a poll of indigenous Americans to see if professors affecting lower case helps them, and how much…