Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Politically Correct Marquette Faculty Rally Behind FemSex

From the Marquette Tribune, an open letter from faculty who support the FemSex workshop, from which Marquette recently pulled support.

The letter engages in the standard blather about how great the workshop was. It further makes a few absurd claims, such as:
By affirming the worth and importance of female desire and fostering people’s understanding and appreciation of their bodies and sexuality, the curriculum also cultivates a campus climate in which the sexual assaults that brought Marquette under public scrutiny two years ago can become less likely.
How this would supposedly happen is a mystery. How writing pornographic stories, or coloring pictures of female genitalia (both part of FemSex at Marquette) might prevent rape is something only a feminist could imagine.

But what is interesting is the list of faculty who signed the letter:
Eugenia Afinoguenova, Lauren Applegate, Tara Baillargeon, Danielle Beverly, Amy Blair, Omega Burckhardt, Gerry Canavan, Roberta Coles, Ed de St. Aubin, Eric Dunnum, Ellen Eckman, Jenn Fishman, Leah Flack, Kristen Foster, Stephen Franzoi, Melissa Ganz, Barbara Glore, Beth Godbee, John Grych, Angelique Harris, Steven Hartman-Keiser, Heather Hathaway, Heather Hlavka, Jim Holstein, CJ Hribal, Andrew Kahrl, Astrida Kaugars, Laurieann Klockow, Lezlie Knox, Christine Krueger, Robert Lowe, Timothy McMahon, Jodi Melamed, Dawne Moon, Sameena Mulla, Kristy Nielson, Rebecca Nowacek, Debra Oswald, Tony Peressini, Anthony Porcelli, Sareene Proodian, Krista Ratcliffe, Heidi Schweizer, Mary Anne Siderits, Angela Sorby, James South, Peter Staudenmaier, Meghan Stroshine, Theresa Tobin, Robert Topp, Sarah Wadsworth, Elizabeth Wawrzyniak, Amelia Zurcher
This is pretty much a Who’s Who of the politically correct secular caucus on campus, full of the names of the people who wanted to hire aggressively lesbian dean candidate Jodi O’Brien. Among the signers is a psychology professor who demeaned the Bible as “sexist” by ripping a passage out of context.

Then there is a philosophy professor whose class was approvingly described by a student acolyte:
I just finished up an entire class on how patriarchy controls every structure in our society and how women are systematically prevented from being equal to men (Capitalism and Catholicism are among the most guilty parties).
Then there is James South who, as chair of the Philosophy Department tore down from the door of a graduate student a quote from humorist Dave Barry of which he disapproved!

This, in other words, is part of the “we don’t really like Catholicism, and want to undermine it when we can” lobby at Marquette.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Colleen said...

And what "lobby" are you a part of? The "bulling others and creating discriminatory, repressive environments" lobby?

In the past week, since attention has been brought to your blog I have read it and have avoided comment. But now not only are you slandering groups in which I identify with, but you are attacking individual people, which angers me far more.

You know the list of names and past actions some individuals on this list may have done that you do not agree with may make you feel as if you are in the right. However, your own past actions, including repetitive calling of a student's home because she was a part of a group you don't agree with boarders on stalking and is certainly labeled as harassment. Which might I add, is something the Jesuits would not condone.

In addition, if the bible is so important to you than you should remember "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" John 8:7 .. At least these professors were respectful and adult enough to not call you out by name, and publicly condemn you not only for your past actions but current ones as well, including this sexist, racists, homophobic, slandering blog. Your pathetic game of tattle-tale just proves that you are the exact sort of problem these individuals are so bravely standing against.

These people are attempting to create safe, educational spaces for people to address and learn about all topics, including the controversial ones. Maybe if more of these spaces were available you would be more educated on such issues. Fostering these sorts of environments in which people can partake in open, beneficial dialogue without judgement, discrimination, and bullying seems to be more in line with Jesuit values than the kind of environment in which you support. An environment in which judgement and discrimination lead to ignorance and violations of basic human rights. This environment is centered upon bullying and scare tactics in order to put others who are different down and discredit their right to differences and variation of opinions. This is exactly why you use "comment moderation" and I bet you will not even allow this post to be publicly viewed, but at least you will have read it.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Aristophanes said...

Very ingenious arguments, Professor. They strike me as odd for several reasons. First and foremost is that you are an apparently intelligent, well-educated man who champions the use of critical reasoning and rational analysis to dispel false conclusions about a famous assassination. You try and instill in a student a drive to uncover truths when presented with half-truths and lies. Yet you are burying this "debacle" in a myriad of half-truths and lies. What are you trying to teach us, oh wise one? I especially love that you use as evidence of the character failings of these professors links to your own blog posts. To wit.

5:35 PM  
Blogger Ronmic said...

What does it mean to be aggressively lesbian?

8:07 AM  
Blogger John McAdams said...

publicly condemn you not only for your past actions but current ones as well, including this sexist, racists, homophobic, slandering blog.

I'm afraid you have just shown the true nature of the politically correct caucus on campus.

You can't really discuss the issues involved, you just whine that you are being criticized, and turn to nasty attacks.

9:34 PM  

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