It seems everyone is weighing in on the oppressive nature of today’s college campus where “rape culture” is a given (even if it isn’t true) and “triggers” and perceived “aggressions” are treated as unforgivable sins to be punished by the “student collective” in the name of feminism. I remember when feminism used to mean strong, empowered women. Now, apparently, it means women who are victims of hurtful words and are afraid to come out of their “safe spaces” lest they hear some.
David Brooks actually does a fair job of describing the problem.
The problem is that the campus activists have moral fervor, but don’t always have settled philosophies to restrain the fervor of their emotions. Settled philosophies are meant to (but obviously don’t always) instill a limiting sense of humility, a deference to the complexity and multifaceted nature of reality. But many of today’s activists are forced to rely on a relatively simple social theory.
According to this theory, the dividing lines between good and evil are starkly clear. The essential conflict is between the traumatized purity of the victim and the verbal violence of the oppressor.
According to this theory, the ultimate source of authority is not some hard-to-understand truth. It is everybody’s personal feelings. A crime occurs when someone feels a hurt triggered, or when someone feels disagreed with or “unsafe.” In the Shulevitz piece, a Brown student retreats from a campus debate to a safe room because she “was feeling bombarded by a lot of viewpoints that really go against” her dearly and closely held beliefs.
Today’s campus activists are not only going after actual acts of discrimination — which is admirable. They are also going after incorrect thought — impiety and blasphemy. They are going after people for simply failing to show sufficient deference to and respect for the etiquette they hold dear. They sometimes conflate ideas with actions and regard controversial ideas as forms of violence.
Essentially the special snowflakes, who can only exist in a closed system like a college campus, have created an oppressive atmosphere in a place that should be open and free because … feelings. And college administrators have allowed this nonsense to go on because of two reasons – students are paying the freight and Title IX. But Brooks is right … the end state of this nonsense is the creation of thought police. And the SJW’s on campus use their leverage (paying customer) and a wildly misinterpreted law (Title IX) to carry out their vendettas. And for years, college administrations have been complicit in advancing this nonsense to the the point, now, of absurdity.
However, it has begun to bite back, as it had to, within the college collective. Megan McArdle brings you up to date on the latest:
In February, Laura Kipnis, a professor at Northwestern, wrote an article for the Chronicle of Higher Education in which she decried the creeping bureaucratization and fear that surrounds sexual activity on campus. Last week, she revealed that as a consequence of that article, she had been investigated for violating Title IX of the Civil Rights Act.
No, I’m not eliding some intermediate step, where she used printed copies of the article as a cudgel to attack her female students. The article itself was the suspect act. According to Kipnis, it was seen as retaliation against students who had filed complaints against a professor, and would have a “chilling effect” and create a “hostile environment” for women in the Northwestern community. Northwestern put Kipnis through a lengthy process in which she wasn’t allowed to know the nature of the complaint until she talked to investigators, nor could she have representation.
You need to read that article to understand what kangaroo courts the “system” within colleges have set up to appease their Title IX requirements as directed by the Obama Administration. They are incredible and a far cry from anything anyone in the country would call “fair”. But then fairness isn’t the goal … silence is. They want to silence all “uncomfortable” ideas that may “trigger” their angst. And, as you’ll note, the inmates are running the asylum. Title IX is out of control as Naomi Schaefer Riley points out:
Yes, that’s right, legislation that was originally supposed to combat sexual discrimination in public education and athletics is now being used to silence professors who write essays that contradict progressive wisdom.
Because, you know, they were offended. They thought they were “safe”. And since they weren’t or at least didn’t consider themselves to be, they had to act by attacking the source of their angst. Anonymously, of course. With no burden of proof. Just an accusation is all that is necessary, because in SJW-land, feelings rule, no matter how arbitrary and capricious they may be.
Is this the new face of feminism?
The last podcast of 2014 is up on the podcast page. Merry Christmas, everybody!
Please savor the irony of them sticking their heads in the sand to demonstrate their own ignorance, while thinking they are supporting the leftist climate agenda.
Next, Hillary Clinton apparently has worn out her welcome in Iowa, and there continue to be questions about her health.
Oh, sorry, wrong picture. Let me try again.
Yeah, this whole “Hillary is inevitable” thing probably has a sell-by date of about February 1, 2016. Or sooner.
Finally, a feminist sets a world record for demonstrating her own insecurities, all because of this shirt.
Included in this spectacular effort: envy of other women’s bodies, intelligence envy, sexual self-doubt, actual accomplishment envy, imaginary bad motives in her critics, pleasure at causing pain in others, and neediness for attention.
Most notable results of this harpy’s bloviating: 1. The guy in question cried during an apology, making this bint look like a bully and 2. the shirt is sold out. So trying to shame one guy into not wearing it causes a whole bunch of other guys to wear it just to piss off feminists. In other words, about the same results that leftist collectivism usually obtains.
Hope you’ve all had a great weekend.
*** Update 17 Nov 2014 10:30 AM ***
This week’s podcast is now available at the podcast page. This week, it’s all misogyny and fast cars.
This week’s podcast is available at the podcast page.
This week’s podcast us up at the Podcast page.
I don’t think anyone would attempt to persuade us that “feminism” is a product of the right. In fact, most feminists would argue that feminism is necessary because of the right … and men, of course. Feminism began on the left as a fairly benignly defined movement: “the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.”
Of course, that didn’t last long and feminism evolved and began characterizing women as victims – victims of men, the “system”, the “patriarchy, etc. because, well, men controlled everything (the fact that technology had advanced to a point that women were more able to participate in a vast number of more areas of life than previously, and that as such, the culture needed to go through a natural evolutionary cycle to adapt to that apparently never occurred to them) and that was bad. And as it built up the cult of victimhood and focused on men – well, except for Bill Clinton or any other useful man on the left – it became more militant and radical. Men went from being partners to necessary evils to just plain evil. Stereotypes of the “typical male” became etched in the concrete of their dogma as “the truth”. “All sex is rape” and “a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle” became popular catch phrases that were representative of their developing creed as the movement morphed from one to gain equal rights to one that essentially declared war on men. It wasn’t about equality anymore, it was about rejection of men and everything they stood for. Men, to radical feminists, were the problem … and although never said, it was clear most of the radical feminists would be quite happy if men were essentially eliminated.
Well rejoice radfems, one of your ilk has spoken what you have dared not say outloud. The reason you’ve not said it becomes clear when you realize the natural end state of radical feminism and how it has to be achieved, at least according to this fembot. She outlines the “utopian” vision of the radical feminist movement – and trust me there’s nothing about equality involved. Instead it is filled with ignorance – one which imagines the “state” as the ultimate tool necessary for radfems to change the world into what this silly woman imagines would be a utopia. What is interesting to note is what would have to happen for this “utopia” to evolve. Yes, I know it is extraordinarily far-fetched and absurd, but then we can point to many current and past ideologies – all pointed at their own brand of “utopia” – that somehow gained credence and backing to establish itself, much to the detriment of those who were identified as “enemies” of the ideology.
Anyway the point is this particular nonsense is a good example of how leftist ideologies usually imagine their ascendence. It is through the state and their control of it. The state is their tool, their ideology is the weapon and the individual – well individuals don’t exist for these ideologies. They become nothing more than pawns to be used as necessary for the “good of society” and the collective as a whole.
What you’ll read will seem radical as hell, which is why it is so perfect for the point – you don’t have to explain subtlety here – there is none. It is pure elitist power and abuse wrapped up in what this person hopes is a benign description that shows those who can read between the lines what extent and what horrors radicals on the left would set in motion to accomplish their “utopia”:
VICE: I assume The Ratio refers to your belief the male population should be reduced to between by 90 percent.
The Femitheist: I believe that conventional equality, with a 50/50 female-to-male ratio, is an inferior system. Essentially my ideas lead to men being made a special class—a far more valued class—having choice of a myriad of women due to the difference in sex ratio. That is my intention. Men would be made more valuable, and their quality of life would be dramatically improved. They would have a subsidised existence if you will, akin to going on an all-expenses paid vacation that lasts from birth to death.
Assuming people are down for that, how could you reduce the male population by that much? Are you talking culling or selective breeding over years?
Obviously men comprise a substantial portion of the victims of violent crime and participate heavily in war, so there will always be deaths there—but certainly not culling. I don’t advocate selective slaughter or brutal processes.
The first thing to notice in this word salad is she claims not to want to do anything via a selective slaughter or anything. How nice. Stereotypical men will kill themselves off and aid in their extermination. Also, note the characterization of those men who are left (if you’re confused, she wants only 1 to 10% men and 90 to 99% women as the “proper ratio) as “more valuable” and that the “quality of life” would improve.
Yup, and they said the Jews were going to work camps where they’d be properly looked after in 1939, didn’t they? “Arbeit macht frei”! This is all about the “selling” of the idea and easing the victims of the ideology into the cattle cars without a disturbance.
She says the way to ensure the ratio is reached and maintained is through genetic manipulation and abortion. Any guess as to what would manage and mandate that process?
Another role for the state?
It’ll require the re-teaching of everyone—female and male—in classrooms, homes, through literature, media, art, and networks. It is a process that would take decades, generations, and perhaps even a few centuries. Nevertheless, these are things that should be done to forge a new and vastly superior world.
Vastly superior because, well you know, the self-appointed elite certainly have been successful creating “vastly superior” societies in the past, haven’t they?
Would men be kept in isolation like stud horses?
I believe we must remove men from the community and place them in their own specific sections of society, akin to subsidised or state-funded reservations, so they can be redefined. We can make not only men safer, but women as well. By subsidising said reservations through the state we can provide men with activities, healthcare, entertainment, shelter, protection, and everything that one could ever require in life. This will remove conventional inequality from society. By reducing the number of men to 10 percent of the total population, their socio-biovalue will be raised. They will live out their lives happily and safely, and male disposability will be a thing of the past.
She knows this is true because, well, because it is obvious she knows so much about men … not. Stereotypically all men want is “sex, beer and a TV”. Man has never striven for anything else and would obviously be content to be penned up and have their needs serviced. History is bereft of examples of men striving for or wanting anything more. No mention, of course, of what the “state” would do to those men who chafe at these restrictions and want more out of life. Of course since they are reduced to a life of nothing more that of a stud horse, it is obvious that their place in any human society is substantially below that of the women in that society. I.e. they’re the “harem” for the women who run the world.
Are you ready for the dismissal of the individual and the one-size-fits-all solution so common to these leftist dream-worlds?
What about the ambitions of the individual? Some men may aspire to more than luxury breeding pens.
Some would argue it would be a dystopian world because it wouldn’t be free in the present conventional sense. However that is misguided. It will be utopian because it will be a world almost without conflict where people cooperate and are treated properly within a well-engineered and long-forged system. If everything is great for almost everyone the point is null. Survival and socio-organic wellbeing are the most important elements in life. Diversity of principles and standards is only necessary in a world of multiple nations, cultures, societies, and religions due to fear of oppression. So, how is this world any better? Because some people have potential opportunities to do certain things?
That’s kind of depressing.
The purpose of living is merely to persist and perpetuate our species. If someone is willing to give you all you require to survive and live comfortably, simply because you exist, then you have already achieved all that truly matters.
Kind of depressing? It is staggeringly stupid not to mention incredibly oppressive. And how about the redefinition of the “purpose of living”? That’s all? That’s all there is? Well, except for the elite (among which she would likely place herself). That’s not the sole purpose of their being – they live to control you and achieve “utopia” … their utopia. You drones just need to fall in line and procreate.
And what about the “family” in this matriarchal wonder world:
Doesn’t all this dismiss the notion of companionship and the family unit?
Heterosexual companionship and the nuclear family model, yes.
What do you propose as alternatives?
Children should be raised communally and by the state. The nuclear family model is a breeding ground of deceptions, mediocrities, treacheries, hypocrisy, and violence. It needs to be abolished. Bigotry, prejudice, and antiquated convictions are passed down through each generation. The conventional family unit indoctrinates our youth and drains them of their potential. My solution would be to assign children caretakers whose task would simply be to provide shelter, food, clothing, and protection for each child—all of which would be yielded by the state. Perfect girls will be conceived, developed, and engineered in state-owned breeding centers. They will be bound together in a communal venue under the instruction and control of female savants.
It takes a village, baby. A female village. No males allowed – well except those allowed to be born to repopulate the stud farm and they’ll be completely indoctrinated by the time they reach puberty. Perfect girls in state-owned breeding centers … what more could you ask for?
Now you’re probably saying that this is so far fetched that it would never stand a chance of ever being established or condoned. Why even waste time on it?
Well, I’d simply point you toward Nazism of the past century and say, “BS”. It is the same plan with a twist. Nazis also wanted a perfect society (they just wanted “Aryans”, not just women), they too believed everyone belonged to the state, they also pushed selective “breeding” (rewarding Aryan couples for having children and euthanizing the retarded and deformed), and through their Hitler Youth program, the state took on the total indoctrination of the youth for it’s own purposes (rat on your folks, get a reward). They even had a program to weed out the undesirable from society. In this woman’s case, it is men. Then it was Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, slavs and political enemies. So yeah, this is a rehash of the Nazi “utopia” with a twist. Instead of the “final solution” we get the “90% solution”.
No one said the left was original. And for the most part, it may be horrifically ignorant of history. But it is persistent. And that is the danger of people like this. You never know when the events of history will converge as they did in Germany so many decades ago, to make an ideology seem “fresh” and “good” again.