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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

Opinions and Jobs

The way I work is I take ideas and push them to the extreme to see how far they go. I can’t imagine a person who wouldn’t be offended by something I have written here on the blog over the years. So what? I’m at the same time extremely tolerant everywhere else. People who know me will tell you that they never feel judged around me. Students invariably say they feel very comfortable and at ease in my classrooms. 

Many academics shun engaging with the public precisely because they are afraid of saying something they’ll be hounded for. Who benefits as a result? What common good is being served? A professor tweeted something some people found objectionable and his job contract was rescinded. How is that a good thing?

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  1. “Many academics shun engaging with the public precisely because they are afraid of saying something they’ll be hounded for”

    In other words…. there is nothing remotely ‘progressive’ about the modern US academic environment. Realize it’s dead. Mourn it. Build something new.

    “progressive” now is shakesville and enternal mewling and loss of dignity while comforming to the party line. Fuck. That. With. A. Ten. Foot. Steel. Pole.

    I’m interested in what works. “Progressive” ideas now….. don’t.

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    • Absolutely. 💯% true. It’s all a huge myth that the academia is all so progressive. The height of progressivism in academia is about reciting the dusty old mantras from the 1980s.

      Fortunately, where I work we only have maybe 2 people tops who do the shakesville rhetoric. But other schools, the more famous ones, it’s like an epidemic.

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