Under-grad student Sarah McFadden wrote a sweet little letter to The Oberlin Review campus newspaper on April 20th that opens with “The Oberlin College Republicans and Libertarians are bringing Christina Hoff Sommers to speak on Monday, April 20. This Monday happens to be a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which makes the timing of this talk particularly objectionable.”
Most professors on Oberlin’s campus would object anytime Republican or Libertarian students asked anyone to speak on any day ever. They use Sexual Assault Awareness Month as a weapon to mark turf; sort of like a gang sign, sort of like a puppy on a walk.
I know Sarah McFadden is a youngster under the influence of poor educational guidance. Universities have emotionally disabled so many young people like her that they should be forced to take out mental health insurance on whole liberal arts student bodies. McFadden represents the “I taut I taw a puddy tat” mentality nurtured on campuses by the little old lady professors of 51 possible gender identifications who surround themselves with cadres of gullible admirers because that is way easier than teaching engineering or science. I remember an 8th grader saying to me “Well, Mrs. So and So isn’t really a teacher, she is more like our counselor.” Think the path of least resistance.
I doubt universities have ever been true bastions of discourse; it would not be human nature. The current system, however, seems more out of balance than at any time in recent history. The result is infantile bruises swaddled in so many layers of sensitivity bandages that the student’s brain atrophies from lack of oxygen or use, or both. As “proof” of the many intellectual sins of Ms. Sommers, McFadden lists the following:
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