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Different people implement different strategies to avoid doing their senior thesis or dissertation. While many, like myself, prefer the “drink shitty brown liquor and watch Netflix” route,  one industrious Harvard student decided to compile short, hilarious, thesis summaries from other students.

Many people, 30 pages into a thesis, will realize that they have read countless books and written thousands of words that could be summarized in one obvious -usually painfully so – statement. . So when Angie Frankel started soliciting thesis summaries from other students on Tumblr, the results were incredible.

What follows is some of the philosophy/critical theory-ish highlights from the nearly 1,000 submissions that have been compiled on since December. And some about geology, for shits and giggles.  You can also follow them on Twitter @lolmythesis.

Look at this zombie. Isn’t it racist and sexist? Yes, it is.

English Literature, DePaul University

Fuck You, Chomsky, Nothing Is Innate

Linguistics, Harvard

Using the word “discourse” makes you sound really sophisticated.

Communication and Culture, York University

If we cleaned up the hypodermic needles and broken headstones, this cemetery would totally be a great place for a field trip!

Historic Preservation, Columbia University

Female condoms are cool. Also, Foucault.

Anthropology, Brown

Basically, Beyoncé can do anything.

History/Study of Women and Gender, Smith College

Diets are a capitalist conspiracy, we should all be Marxist gluttons.

Anthropology, University of Chicago

Trust your gut, except when your gut is being an asshole, which can be really hard to tell, but do your best.

Philosophy, Western University

The ancient Romans had a pretty large army, all things considered.

Ancient History, Oxford

French people supposedly like having a really secular state, but what that really amounts to is they are not fans of immigrants.

French, Georgetown University

People are sexist.

Psychology, Harvard

If you are going to exploit another country, it’s helpful to have a map.

History, University of Texas

FML: All my feelings are constructed

Religion & Women and Gender Studies, Harvard.

College students like to binge drink, unless they are busy.

Sociology, University of Wyoming

So, colonialism.

History, Wesleyan University

You can turn Mill into an anarchist if you really try.

Philosophy, University of Minnesota

Moby Dick is the hero of ‘Moby Dick.’

English, Northwestern

Rats like cocaine

Psychology, Reed College

RuPaul’s Drag Race is a terrific show

American Studies, University of Nottingham

Advice columns are where the real philosophy is getting done.

Philosophy, The University of Chicago

Rocks that are next to each other in Massachusetts now were also next to each other 400 million years ago.

Geology, Amherst College

Turns out that if you want people to like you during a war, you probably shouldn’t blow up their house.

Political Science & History, Fairmont State University

Machiavelli was Machiavellian.

Humanities, Washington University in St. Louis

Crack was indeed whack.

History, Columbia university

Phrases like “democratic imaginaries of femininity” and “docile bodies of militarized masculinity” are real crowd pleasers at your conservative relatives’ holiday parties.

Political Science, Bryn Mawr College

I compare the US and South Asia and imply that you are racist.

Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, Yale

The Internet kind of sucks.

College of Social Studies, Wesleyan University.

It is hard to collect, exhibit, or de-accestion indigenous art objects in museums without being patronizing or racist, sometimes museums do a good job, but usually not.

Art History, Theory and Criticism, Maryland Institute College of Art

We told the DoD they could put guns on it so they gave us money to build this robot.

Mechanical Engineering, Harvard

This neo-Marxist Russian poet is either a genius or totally batshit.

Linguistics and Slavic Languages and Literature, Harvard

Numbers either exist, or they don’t. Depends on how you look at it.

Philosophy, Reed College

Male friends in Shakespeare were actually sex-radical feminists, but only if you’re horny.

English, University of Pennsylvania

Chess-playing computers aren’t people.

Philosophy, Brown University

[H/T Slate]

  • TskTsk

    what’s this doing here? are we THAT confused about the difference between critical theory and academia? it’s just sad, dude.

    • Connor Syrewicz

      In my experience, most people that are into critical theory are academics of one sort or another. I think it’s one of critical theory’s biggest problems. A great way to solve that problem is to laugh at academia so that we can learn to keep our distance from it. This website (and this post) serves that purpose admirably.

      • TskTsk

        Laughing is beneficial and all; but maybe some good old fashioned loathing and self-loathing is in order. Let’s get some derision back into CT, especially for academia. In any case, by your logic they should be posting “shit Harvard grad students say” next.

    • disqus_KCZ8HKO7qr

      Most people are introduced to critical theory in academia. You don’t hear much about the Frankfurt school in everyday life, but all of a sudden Foucauldian matrices of oppression seem a lot more real after that second class…