Academia: Teaching Young Adults to be Three-Year Olds

It’s about time the Left got castrated. And when it comes from someone like Camille Paglia, all the better.

Paglia is known for her critical views of many aspects of modern culture, like feminism and liberalism. She has been characterized variously as a “contrarian academic” and a feminist “bête noire.” As one might imagine, Paglia is a “witty controversialist,” and a maverick.

One of Canada’s leading columnists, Margaret Wente has called Paglia “a writer in a category of her own… a feminist who hates affirmative action; an atheist who respects religion” and “a Democrat who thinks her party doesn’t get it.” I actually LIKE Paglia…a lot! 

In a piece she wrote for Time, Paglia essentially says that colleges need to grow up.

Wildly overblown claims about an epidemic of sexual assaults on American campuses are obscuring the true danger to young women, too often distracted by cellphones or iPods in public places: the ancient sex crime of abduction and murder. Despite hysterical propaganda about our “rape culture,” the majority of campus incidents being carelessly described as sexual assault are not felonious rape (involving force or drugs) but oafish hookup melodramas, arising from mixed signals and imprudence on both sides.

Colleges should stick to academics and stop their infantilizing supervision of students’ dating lives, an authoritarian intrusion that borders on violation of civil liberties. Real crimes should be reported to the police, not to haphazard and ill-trained campus grievance committees.

Too many young middle-class women, raised far from the urban streets, seem to expect adult life to be an extension of their comfortable, overprotected homes. But the world remains a wilderness. The price of women’s modern freedoms is personal responsibility for vigilance and self-defense.

Current educational codes, tracking liberal-Left, are perpetuating illusions about sex and gender. The basic Leftist premise, descending from Marxism, is that all problems in human life stem from an unjust society and that corrections and fine-tunings of that social mechanism will eventually bring utopia. Progressives have unquestioned faith in the perfectibility of mankind.

The only way Liberalism thrives is when it polices itself. When put under the scrutiny of something as simple as common sense, Liberalism usually folds as easily as a Hollywood stage chair.

However, when Liberalism is allowed to run rampant, it’s worse than a spoiled child.

And we allow these spoiled children to “act out” with what Paglia called illusions. I say they are delusions, because it is delusion to believe in the idea that everything can be fixed.

Some things can’t be fixed, because to fix it requires a want on the part of something you cannot control. And Liberals hate not controlling things, as that is the core of Liberalism: control.



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