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Meanwhile, The New Red Guard carries on …

Under the banner, “you can’t make this stuff up”, enjoy the following bit of idiocy:

Southwestern University in Texas has canceled its annual production of “The Vagina Monologues” because its author, Eve Ensler, is white — and featuring a performance written by a white lady would just not be inclusive to women of other races.

Instead, the school will host a performance of “We are Women,” which promises to “address similar experiences while emphasizing women of color,” according an article in the Megaphone, the school’s official newspaper.

Well, it promotes “similar experiences” except for white women I guess.  Who knew “women of color” didn’t have vaginas?

Yes, this is indeed patently absurd.  The Vagina Monologues was written as a feminist play to emphasize the supposed problems of women.  Thus it was totally inclusive of … women.  But not inclusive enough for The New Red Guard.

In fact:

Cancelling performances of “The Vagina Monologues” has become a bit of a trend on college campuses these days. For example, just last year, all-women’s Mount Holyoke College canceled its own performance on the grounds that the production was not “inclusive” enough to people who identify as women but do not have actual vaginas.

No, really … it’s all about their definition of “inclusivity” and a feminist play, if written by a white woman, just doesn’t make the grade anymore.

You have to laugh at this sort of nonsense to remain sane.  The one sterling good coming out of all of this is at whom many of these attacks are aimed.  Leftists.  Old Guard leftists.  And a more deserving group I cannot imagine.

But the real point here is the implied claim that whites, no matter their gender, have nothing of value to say or add.  This isn’t new by any stretch, it’s just become more common.  For instance, this from early last year from The New Red Guard at, yeah, Berkeley:

We are calling for an occupation of syllabi in the social sciences and humanities. This call to action was instigated by our experience last semester as students in an upper-division course on classical social theory. Grades were based primarily on multiple-choice quizzes on assigned readings. The course syllabus employed a standardized canon of theory that began with Plato and Aristotle, then jumped to modern philosophers: Hobbes, Locke, Hegel, Marx, Weber and Foucault, all of whom are white men. The syllabus did not include a single woman or person of color.

Of course, if you look closely, it’s not just “white men” they’re shooting at, it is the foundational philosophies of the West.  Apparently they believe that if there were women and persons of color writing philosophy during the same eras, they must have had something just as important to say, seeing as how their cultures matured equally with that of the West (and yeah, I know that some of the dead white dudes were not especially enamored of the West’s culture at the time). What the TNRG don’t seem to understand is they live in Western culture and the class is about “classical social theory” and thus likely wouldn’t include philosophers who had no impact on that “classical society” or those who lived outside of it and had no impact.

But this is all about gender and skin color … not context or logic.

Speaking of context and logic, James Lileks adds them:

College, apparently, is now a place where the notions of people freshly matriculated from high school must be handled with oven mitts and lightly buffed with soft cloth lest their orthodoxies suffer the slightest abrasion. Like the school that canceled the annual performance of The Vagina Monologues because it othered non-traditional women who lacked the titular orifice, it’s a delightful example of leftist autophagy. Marx is in foul order in Berkeley not for his ideas, or the heaps of corpses accumulated in his name, but because he had a prostate.

Yes, indeed. Oh, and because he was white.

~McQ

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20 Responses to Meanwhile, The New Red Guard carries on …

  • emphasizing women of color – because, that wouldn’t be at all like being racist or anything.
    Same as the people who are voting for Hillary only because she, uh presumably, has a vagina, that’s not at all sexist. (Yeah, I know, I’ve already ordered a shipment of brain bleach from Amazon Prime, it should get here tomorrow).

    The popcorn would probably taste better if I was watching this from the stands instead of being IN the show though.
    I mean, you all realize we’re going to have to do something with these people once someone gets the reality curcuits working again yes?

    • I mean, you all realize we’re going to have to do something with these people once someone gets the reality curcuits working again yes?

      >>>> If it involves a helluva long ditch, or launching ark B, I’m in.

      • We could find things for them to do in the wilds of Canada – leaping from tree to tree as they float down the mighty rivers of British Columbia with their best significant other by their sides. The larch, the pine, the giant Red Wood tree, they’d sing, sing
        “Oh I’m a lumberjack and I’m okay….”

        See, I’m going to make a really really lousy authoritarian at this point in time.
        I was first thinking gulags, but gosh, that was kinda harsh, so I thought perhaps if we could send them off to learn useful trades, like….being a Lumberjack….and….the rest was history.
        You started it with Ark B, it’s not my fault.
        Probably best to think about what to do with them once they’ve destroyed the country, then I’ll be in a much better mood.

        • I hear that Venus is a wonderful place to live, where blankets grow on trees, hams grow on bushes, and land is free for homesteading.

          “The Marching Morons”, probably the inspiration for “Idiocracy”.

  • “The syllabus did not include a single woman or person of color.”

    Can these SJW idiots (BIRM) name any people with the impact of Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Hegel, Marx, Weber and Foucault?*

    ——-

    Where did all these crickets come from?

    *I didn’t say their impact was GOOD, just that they had one.

  • We all know this is about diversity and inclusiveness, so there should also be members of the KKK women’s auxiliary, ISIL women of suicide belts, but I don’t quite figure how you include “persons without viginas” are included into the Vigina Monologues without including men, ultra-terrestrials, and extra-terrestrials of all genders, including other genders that may exist on other planets.

  • Isn’t the whole concept of a monologue quite exclusionist anyway, kind of like this mansplaining I’ve heard of? Shouldn’t it at least be Vagina Conversations in the modern parlance? Wait, that is probably already a porn film …

  • We are calling for an occupation of syllabi

    I can’t believe a college student made such a statement. How does one occupy a syllabus? Besides, is syllabus a 2nd declension Latin noun, or 4th declension?

    • Seize the carp!

      You didn’t take what they said seriously did you? That occupation thing was the code phrase to tell you that everything that follows is pure nonsense.

      • The fact that the statement was made by a Humanities major at Berkely was all I needed to know it was pure nonsense. But you can’t fault me for kicking a little sand in their faces, can you?

  • No one would ever write the Penis Monologues – it wouldn’t be much of a conversation I suppose, largely about sex, and the results of drinking beer.

  • New Red Guard? Clearly a misogynist reference to menses. </sarc>

  • I’d call them McCarthyites, but they are way further wrong than McCarthy ever was. There really were a lot of communist sympathizers where he said there were. These people make accusations (sexist, racist, homophobic, misogynist, etc.) with far less evidence. In most cases, in fact, with zero evidence. It’s just a convenient way to shut down people they don’t like and can’t argue with because their own arguments are delusional.

  • Who knew “women of color” didn’t have vaginas?

    Well, see, they DO, but they are different, oppressed, and therefore wiser vaginas.

    This IS “intersectional feminism”. Which, like this whole trend, leads to endless Balkinization of the poor idiots caught up in this mess. Happily, it is self-exterminating.

    https://youtu.be/cYpELqKZ02Q

  • All real scientists know … Half-Lives Matter

  • You have to realize that this sort of thing is actually just the leftist fighting over the control of their movement. Basically in the last few years two main leftist subcultures got everything they wanted. Blacks got to be president and gays got equal marriage rights. So now the left must move the goal posts. What we are seeing is a power struggle over to what group gets to control those goals. “Black Lives” is basically the leftist black power block confronting and winning political power away from the leftist police unions. In this article we see the transgender movement starting to break from their earlier alliance with the gay and feminist groups. I figure like all leftist revolutions there will be a lot of leftist eggs broken before it is all done.

  • http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2016/04/the-stanford-review-is-going-to-get-in-trouble.php

    More demands from Stanford …these purely in the spirit of April Fools.

    They’re pretty funny…!!!