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Feminist academics

Postby Andreas » 25 Oct 2012, 18:08

In another thread, there was amusement about the faculty of the Feminist Studies department at UC Santa Cruz:

http://feministstudies.ucsc.edu/faculty/?id=1

These people are certainly caricatures of themselves, but if one really thinks about what they’re doing, it can be infuriating rather than funny. The caricatures cost taxpayers a great deal of money.

They must spend a lot of time lecturing in vacuous circles about oppression, the Male Gaze, White Male Hegemony, and the Evils of Capitalism, while they themselves are hardly oppressed. They live very bourgeois lives, judging by their income at least. They are part of the establishment, pretending to be radical.

Angela Davis may not be well known outside the U.S. She was a prominent leftist, and head or vice commissar or something of the U.S. Communist Party in the 1970s. She provided weapons to the Black Panthers. She received a doctorate at the university in East Berlin and so lent legitimacy to the lovely regime in Communist East Germany. Now she is enjoying generous retirement benefits thanks to the capitalist system. I wonder if she drives a BMW or a Mercedes.

If these academic feminists really wanted to improve the quality of life for women at home or abroad, they might try doing something real, like encouraging working-class women to stop smoking. I suspect that Dr. Dalrymple has done more good for women than they have. They are unlikely to speak out against female genital mutilation, honor killings, or the veiling of women in Muslim countries, or about the sexual abuse of girls and young women in the U.K. by Muslim pedophile gangs.

The Empress has no clothes, but it is too politically incorrect and dangerous for most people to point this out. One can only hope that students get tired of these people, stop attending their classes, and that eventually all these various ethnic, gender, and feminist studies departments are phased out. A vain hope probably.
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Re: Feminism

Postby Damo » 26 Oct 2012, 12:01

Andreas wrote:In another thread, there was amusement about the faculty of the Feminist Studies department at UC Santa Cruz:

http://feministstudies.ucsc.edu/faculty/?id=1

These people are certainly caricatures of themselves, but if one really thinks about what they’re doing, it can be infuriating rather than funny. The caricatures cost taxpayers a great deal of money.


If ever we needed a good reason to privatise our universities, we have it right there.

Is it just me or do an awful lot of feminists look like men?
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Re: Feminism

Postby Gavin » 26 Oct 2012, 14:06

They're hardly representative of women, are they? An gallery of unfortunate misfits who've had their own positions and ideas elevated to a level of importance they don't deserve. I think even most women would look at this lot and their "job" descriptions and not want to be anywhere near them or read anything by them.

These people surely need to find another way of working through their problems rather than acquiring positions at educational establishments. So they're a minority. So what? The answer is not to try to make all the normal women the same as them.
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Re: Feminism

Postby Andreas » 29 Oct 2012, 16:23

Damo,

I’m afraid that privatization of the universities would not be a solution to this particular dilemma. Elite private universities in the U.S. all seem to have similar programs or departments:

http://wgs.fas.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?k ... group86307

http://wgss.yale.edu/faculty

http://www.princeton.edu/~gss/index.html

https://feminist.stanford.edu/

Private institutions can do what they want, so in this case it looks as though they have caved in to pressure from various groups. In the case of the public/state universities, it’s galling to think of public monies supporting this kind of nonsense.

Two acquaintances of mine were forced to take women’s studies or gender studies courses in order to complete their undergraduate degree. One of them sounded like something straight out of Kafka. The class was taught by a series of three lesbians, each one shorter than the last and with more extreme opinions. The course was titled “Perspectives on Gender,” but of course there was only one perspective – their perspective, and the students had to parrot back that perspective in order to pass the class. In the second case, my acquaintance was forced to take multiple-choice tests where the correct answer to a question might be “The penis is a weapon of aggression.” She found the course offensive and an insult to her intelligence. She and her family had emigrated from the Soviet Union and she said, “I grew up in the Soviet Union. I know what brainwashing is!”

If there is any bright side to this, I think it’s that most of these clumsy attempts at brainwashing fail (as I can’t imagine many people take the anti-racist Halloween poster in the “Political Correctness” thread very seriously). Outside their small fiefdom in academia, I don’t think these people have changed the world. Not many people read what they write and they will not be long remembered after their passing. Not many students choose to get a degree in feminist studies; for what job would it prepare them?
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Re: Feminist academics

Postby Elliott » 24 Dec 2013, 19:32

Here is an hour-long lecture about the situation faced by boys in current academia/education. It's from Canada. The man, an equality consultant, describes the (outrageous and unfair) measures that he and colleagues used to take in order to ensure that women got ahead - measures he doesn't regret or apologise for, but which he acknowledges have had "unintended consequences". He seems a nice guy, and even quite sensible, which makes it all the more amazing to see how the equality bug can infect just about anyone and make them oblivious to the wrongness of the things they do "in a good cause".
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Re: Feminist academics

Postby Caleb » 25 Dec 2013, 00:29

Andreas: I disagree that these people haven't changed the world. They have changed the way those accused of rape are perceived and treated. They have changed the family law system. They have changed the education system. They have changed workplaces. They are a lot more influential and dangerous than most people think.
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Re: Feminist academics

Postby Gavin » 29 Dec 2013, 23:18

On this TD article, there was already a "Feminist Studies" woman in the acclaimed Philosophy department where I studied in the mid-90s. It was not clear why she was there, it just seemed to be a token effort at political correctness since there are nearly no female philosophers of note in the entire history of philosophy.

Philosophy is, after all, or should be, about cool rational analysis and seeking after truth. Women are usually more emotional and not as inclined towards this kind of activity. This is proved, of course, by the membership stats of this site (where membership is voluntarily) - as if it needed to be proved, since it is obvious enough in a myriad of other ways throughout society.

Thus, yet again, the leftists' aim for 50/50 "equality" will never naturally be met. So even at a philosophy journal they will try to twist truth and skew figures with "affirmative action". This seems to represent a true inner sanctum being breached by PC - but then, as I say, it was even going on even in the mid-90s.
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Re: Feminist academics

Postby Gavin » 15 Jan 2014, 22:29

Trying to put the usual physical appearance of feminists aside, conservative writer Dalrock here persuasively argues that feminists are principally ugly because they are miserly with love. This means they will always be unhappy.
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Re: Feminist academics

Postby Gavin » 31 Jan 2014, 09:02

The BBC (who else?!) gave prime airtime today to some feminist academic who was saying it was misogynist to expect women to take their husband’s when they marry (assuming they ever even marry - quite a big assumption these days). When asked about her own circumstances, she replied that she had “not had to make that decision yet” in her life. Probably never will.
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Re: Feminist academics

Postby Elliott » 31 Jan 2014, 16:13

Lovely euphemism there! The stark truth is that "no man would ever want me, I'm a complete harridan".
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Re: Feminist academics

Postby Gavin » 01 Feb 2014, 13:36

Indeed. My wife and I were just watching an episode of Miss Marple, with the dialogue of yesteryear, and we mused on how it would go if I was given a slot opposite one of these weird feminists beloved of The Today Programme! Their mock outrage at perceived injustices that don't even involve them really make you want to try out the phrase "Don't you worry your pretty little head about that" just to wind them up. The trouble is, of course, they're probably not pretty. Perhaps that's why they are so hate-filled and always going on about being "womyn" instead of just getting on with their lives.
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Re: Feminist academics

Postby Paul » 02 Feb 2014, 03:14

I read a blog the other day which linked to the Laurie Pennie blog site, the one where she is pictured making tea. Among the amusing comments was the gem:

'Laurie put the kettle on - there's a good gal'.

Lol, imagine the fury if you were to say that to her.
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Re: Feminist academics

Postby Andreas » 25 Mar 2014, 15:48

A recent incident involving a feminist professor:

http://www.independent.com/news/2014/ma ... after-con/

Her profile:

http://www.femst.ucsb.edu/people/academ ... ller-young

No comment necessary, really, except that while the anti-abortion display may have been distasteful and provocative, it was within the U.S. First Amendment and free speech guidelines. If this woman were really a professor, she would have shown more dignity and self-control, and perhaps the ability to debate a difficult subject rationally.
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Re: Feminist academics

Postby Gavin » 25 Mar 2014, 20:14

Yes, she's the sort of reason why labels such as "Dr" really mean nothing to me these days.

Area of Emphasis: black cultural studies, pornography and sex work


Again no comment required really, though it is quite funny that I first read this as though the latter were included in her services.
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Re: Feminist academics

Postby Elliott » 26 Mar 2014, 04:14

How on Earth is she a professor?

So many bits of the article leapt out at me...

Miller-Young told me she felt “triggered” by the images

This thing about "triggering" is really catching on. I'm seeing it all over the Internet nowadays.

Once in her office, a “safe space” described by Miller-Young

Dear God... as if the entire world is out to get them! The feminist victim complex never abates.

Miller-Young said that they were still upset by the images on the poster and had destroyed it.

Of course, because that's what you do when something upsets you, isn't it? You destroy it. How rational.

Miller-Young went on to say that because the poster was upsetting to her and other students, she felt that the activists did not have the right to be there.

Moral relativism masking emotional infantilism. If something upsets you, it doesn't have the right to exist? Simply pathetic. FWIW, I'm upset by the idea of a university professor teaching impressionable young women about "reproductive rights" - the right to kill your unborn children - but I don't believe that this means the likes of Miller-Young have no right to "be there".
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