A member of student council in a Maine college is being sanctioned and possibly expelled from the council for passing by a tequila party were some people wore little sombreros. That ghastly grizzly gross insensitivity of the most unforgivable nature...will likely lead to his disgrace on campus.

The Atlantic has an essay on free speech on campus including the broader phenomenon of "safe space" coddling of students to emotionally unstable even the possibility of debate that challenges their preconceived ideas...is shut down quickly and unapologeticaly. It is well worth the read after Sunday School of course.

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Comment by Strega on March 8, 2016 at 2:38pm
Are you sure he's not a professor at the University of Onion?

Fuck that shit
Comment by Unseen on March 8, 2016 at 3:39pm

LOL

Sadly, Strega, these folks are serious. They learn a jargon and carve out a pseudo-place in a normal science. There's also feminist mathematics. And sometimes the male "feminists" try harder than the females to be more feminist than a feminist.

There are reasons why females are less represented in the sciences and I'm sure none of them are related to intelligence but can be attributed to socio-sexual causes. And not just in the sciences but in the arts as well. Women are underrepresented there, too, and probably for similar reasons. Sure Marie Cassatt was a great painter but she didn't break new ground the way van Gogh or Cezanne did, for example. And Cassatt is more noted as an exception than as a rule.

There's also a paucity of female composers in the classical music area. Mysteriously, women seem to operate on a more equal basis in the literary arts, though they are hampered by tackling equally important but less grandiose ideas than their male counterparts. Think Jane Austen or Virginia Woolf vs. Tolstoy or even Vonnegut, all four writing major works of fiction by any standard but the females typically writing about relationships whereas male writers of the highest caliber write about war, revolution, human rights, justice, and other very high-minded concepts.

In other words, the home on the one hand vs the world on the other. We need to assure our daughter that they are encouraged to seek that distant intellectual horizon without deciding for them how far to head toward toward it. Let each woman decide what being a woman is for herself.

Comment by SteveInCO on March 9, 2016 at 1:17am

I am reminded of the book "Fashionable Nonsense" by Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont.

This shit has been gathering steam for decades.

Comment by Belle Rose on March 9, 2016 at 3:00am
Pat Condell says it best, lol

https://youtu.be/5XPHIfgFwsY
Comment by Belle Rose on March 9, 2016 at 3:09am
You're starting to sound like me Strega, lol
Comment by Strega on March 9, 2016 at 8:33am
@Belle. I can think of worse fates than sounding like you ;)
Comment by SteveInCO on March 9, 2016 at 9:41am

Indeed.  After all, you could sound like this:

Comment by Davis Goodman on March 9, 2016 at 11:54am
The Sokal affair is the best example of word soup and post-modern-identity-politics gone insane. The wikipedia article on sokal explains it. The boom MumboJumbo covers it and the topic in general.

PC bullying is allowed to get worse because professors are frightened of becoming their next víctim. With social media as their best tool...you can find your career and reputation ruined in a matter of hours...for doing nothing wrong.
Comment by matt.clerke on March 9, 2016 at 5:29pm

The most delicious irony is that the people complaining about cultural appropriation have culturally appropriated both the english language and (to my knowledge) european university. The fact that they can't see it (maybe they do and they just don't care) is leading me to believe I live in a world populated by robots, incapable of self awareness.

On a more serious note, "cultural appropriation", for lack of a better word, is part of a non-segregated, egalitarian, society. The sharing of culture is super important in a multicultural society.

Comment by Davis Goodman on March 9, 2016 at 7:58pm
Every time you say any sentence...you are using vocabulary that has been appropriated from french-viking culture. It is no different with food. The same goes for the postmodern philosophy (also French) that the postmodern morons use. The structure behind our literature, cinematic techniques, even the structure of every single story you hear and tell and write have been appropriated from those who appropriated who...

Mountain seeing, kayaking, canoeing, lacrosse, speed skating, dominoes, chess, playing cards...cultural appropriation.

Our very concept and philosophy of equality and certain rights...have been appropriated from an utterly foreign culture.This is the most ironic part:

Identity politics fanatics (France) push false-equality (Germany/France)/along with socialist ideals (France/Germany) written in formal words (French, Latin, Greek) while eating couscous (Morocco) and wearing g their sorong, slippers and Palestinian headscarf (Yemen, Mesopotania, Palestine).

Europe has idealised one another's cultures since forever...even naming their appropriations by the country (Dance an allemande, creme anglaise, French toast, cologne, venecian blinds, Spanish guitar, Berliner, napolitain pastry/icecream, a Danish, Irish cream, Swedish modular furniture, chicken Kiev, Gevevre, Sherry, Port, Hamburger, franks and beans, Dijon mustard, liege waffle, Russian dolls, Greek tragedy, roman bath, Turkish bath, French doors, polish sausage, jerseys...

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