The Sexes: Separation in Academe

Bonnie Wheeler, a slender, long-haired blonde of 28, does not like flying, so she always takes an aisle seat and avoids looking out the window. "I'm a Chaucerian, and I don't quite believe that planes are licit," she says. She recalls that Geoffrey Chaucer, in The House of Fame, described his own feeling of panic when a great golden eagle carried him off into the skies. "The eagle flies Geoffrey around on his back, and tries to show him all the marvelous things there are in the world. All Geoffrey says to each new sight is, 'No, no. It's unnatural. I...

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