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Re: The campus political correctness thread

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:07 pm

Sometimes the news is good. :)

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Re: The campus political correctness thread

Post by Anaxagoras » Fri Apr 29, 2016 1:34 pm

University Of Washington Cheerleading Squad Receive Backlash For 'Ideal Cheerleader' Checklist [VIDEO]

I'm shocked that they would expect cheerleaders to look a certain way! This is patriarchy!

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The infographic "Cheer and Dance Tryout Look" was posted by the University of Washington cheerleading team for their upcoming tryouts. The team received backlash from students and other critics who said that the poster was sexist as it told women to look a certain way to qualify.
Some students complained that the cheerleader checklist poster undermined the seriousness of cheerleading as a real sport, Daily Mail notes. Some said that as students of color, they felt excluded as they do not embody the descriptions of the checklist that specifically asked for "bronzed or tanned" looks.

The Associated Students of the University of Washington posted on their Facebook page to say that the old cheerleader checklist goes against the prevention of objectification of women that many students and women worked so hard for. They promised to maintain an inclusive environment for all and hopes for the university administration to do the same. People Magazine reports that Washington State University and Louisiana State University had similar cheerleader checklist posters. After the controversy, Louisiana State had removed theirs.
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Apr 29, 2016 2:14 pm

Which is worse?

The lack of "non-white" cheerleaders, or the lack of fat ones? :lmao:
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Re: The campus political correctness thread

Post by ed » Fri Apr 29, 2016 2:25 pm

"the cheerleader checklist poster undermined the seriousness of cheerleading as a real sport"
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Apr 29, 2016 2:33 pm

Because "real sport" is totally fucking serious, right? :BigGrin3:
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Re: The campus political correctness thread

Post by Rob Lister » Fri Apr 29, 2016 2:55 pm

I'm surprised cheerleading is still allowed.

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Re: The campus political correctness thread

Post by Pyrrho » Tue May 03, 2016 12:39 am

Quick before it vanishes:


White privilege is dangerous and destructive, but also systemic and normalized. And I'm not singling out my colleague Wendy Beth Hyman's article here by attaching it. There were several articles published in the Oberlin Review this past week that I could have attached here. But this one by Wendy Hyman will do. It's really sad and embarrassing when students are doing a better job than faculty at modeling how to engage in rhetorical debate and create space for critical inquiry.
The article in question:

http://oberlinreview.org/10462/opinions ... -theories/
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Re: The campus political correctness thread

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Not about PC, but ROI:
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Re: The campus political correctness thread

Post by Anaxagoras » Thu May 12, 2016 3:34 am

Harvard doesn't want its students to join single-sex fraternities or sororities or "final clubs" (it's a Harvard thing)
A final club is an exclusive undergraduate social club at Harvard College. The most prominent of these (and oldest, dating to 1791) are the traditionally all-male, exclusive final clubs. More recently, beginning in 1991, all-female final clubs, as well as fraternities and sororities along the lines of similar organizations found at many colleges and universities, have appeared. While a small number of these organizations have begun to admit both sexes, most do not—the reason, in general, that Harvard College refuses to recognize them.
But this isn't just going be a suggestion anymore, now there are actually going to be some consequences for students who join these groups:
In 2016, Harvard undertook to further marginalize organizations that, in the stated view of the administration, are "exclusionary and disempowering",[1] by barring members of unrecognized single-sex organizations from campus leadership positions and from receiving certain types of Harvard recommendation letters.
That last bit about not being allowed to receive "certain types of Harvard recommendation letters" means that those students would not be eligible to receive a Rhodes or Marshall scholarship. So the consequences are not merely symbolic or minor.

In reaction, some Harvard students are now protesting the decision:

http://www.wbur.org/2016/05/10/harvard- ... es-protest

Who is leading the protests? The fraternities or the male final clubs?
Dozens of students marched around Harvard Yard Monday, saying the move unfairly hurts Harvard women.

Shouting “Hear her Harvard,” the protesters — who were mostly women, many belonging to all-women final clubs or sororities — said Harvard’s restrictions would deprive women of spaces away from men.

The women say these spaces are necessary to foster self-confidence on a campus where they say men tend to be overbearing in class and disrespectful in social situations.

Sophomore Caroline Tervo told fellow protesters gender discrimination happens every single day at Harvard.

“In the classroom where men speak more than women, and on the weekend where women are targeted and shamed for their sexuality,” Tervo said. “On campus and in a society that is so male-dominated, female spaces are crucial sources of empowerment.”

The students are also protesting Harvard’s move against all-male final clubs and fraternities.
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First read about this here:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions ... story.html

Letter from Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust:
http://www.harvard.edu/president/news/2 ... anizations
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Re: The campus political correctness thread

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↑ Do the fraternities (and sororities) have saber fights to get a Schmiss?

Just joking.

When I was a student (in France), nobody cared what I did, nor even if I attended. There were just two exams/year, and possibly a third at the end of summer if you flunked.
But then, in that paleolithic period, we were considered adults – free but responsible.

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Post by Ben Trovado » Thu May 12, 2016 7:59 pm

Anaxagoras wrote:

. . . . “On campus and in a society that is so male-dominated, female spaces are crucial sources of empowerment.”
Male-dominated?

B. Fricking. S.

Not for years.

But I like her Title IX equality argument: All clubs must be treated equally. and by all clubs, we mean apply the rules to the male clubs, only. For equality.

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Re: The campus political correctness thread

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↑ Aren't burkas a kind of portable female (safe) space?

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Re: The campus political correctness thread

Post by Anaxagoras » Thu May 12, 2016 10:14 pm

Ben Trovado wrote:
Anaxagoras wrote:

. . . . “On campus and in a society that is so male-dominated, female spaces are crucial sources of empowerment.”
Male-dominated?

B. Fricking. S.

Not for years.

But I like her Title IX equality argument: All clubs must be treated equally. and by all clubs, we mean apply the rules to the male clubs, only. For equality.
They do love that word "spaces". Seems like segregation is now more popular than integration. But this time it's different because this time it's for Teh Social Justice.

But to be fair, I don't see anyone arguing that the rules should only apply to male clubs.
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Re: The campus political correctness thread

Post by Ben Trovado » Thu May 12, 2016 11:40 pm

Anaxagoras wrote:

They do love that word "spaces". Seems like segregation is now more popular than integration. But this time it's different because this time it's for Teh Social Justice.

But to be fair, I don't see anyone arguing that the rules should only apply to male clubs.
I may be reading too much into other news reports, but I keep seeing policy statements from the protesters : "“We want the College to return to the drawing board and create policy that acknowledges the necessity of women’s spaces on campus,” the Crimson Women’s Coalition wrote in a statement notifying journalists of the rally."

Like that. They do not demand that the policy be rescinded, or that things go back to where they were before. Instead, they argue for putting a new policy in place, as long as the new policy protect women's spaces on campus.

I have seen a few similar quotes. Again, maybe I am reading too much into it, but it looks to me like they are all in favor of making the male-only clubs admit women, but preserve the women-only spaces for themselves.


As an aside, the articles go even further than the often-debunked, but never discarded 1 in 5 or 1 in 4 women at a college campus will be sexually assaulted (i.e., even higher than the worst parts of Detroit) to say that 47% of women coming into contact with the male-only clubs will have an unwanted sexual encounter or similar language.

It seems to me that the *last* thing you would want to do is get women into those clubs. Jesus.

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Re: The campus political correctness thread

Post by Anaxagoras » Fri May 13, 2016 1:24 am

Ben Trovado wrote:
Anaxagoras wrote:

They do love that word "spaces". Seems like segregation is now more popular than integration. But this time it's different because this time it's for Teh Social Justice.

But to be fair, I don't see anyone arguing that the rules should only apply to male clubs.
I may be reading too much into other news reports, but I keep seeing policy statements from the protesters : "“We want the College to return to the drawing board and create policy that acknowledges the necessity of women’s spaces on campus,” the Crimson Women’s Coalition wrote in a statement notifying journalists of the rally."

Like that. They do not demand that the policy be rescinded, or that things go back to where they were before. Instead, they argue for putting a new policy in place, as long as the new policy protect women's spaces on campus.

I have seen a few similar quotes. Again, maybe I am reading too much into it, but it looks to me like they are all in favor of making the male-only clubs admit women, but preserve the women-only spaces for themselves.


As an aside, the articles go even further than the often-debunked, but never discarded 1 in 5 or 1 in 4 women at a college campus will be sexually assaulted (i.e., even higher than the worst parts of Detroit) to say that 47% of women coming into contact with the male-only clubs will have an unwanted sexual encounter or similar language.

It seems to me that the *last* thing you would want to do is get women into those clubs. Jesus.
I see that as more of a rhetorical emphasis, but the article I quoted above also contains the following sentence:
The students are also protesting Harvard’s move against all-male final clubs and fraternities.
So at least they seem to recognize that there has to be some sort of nod toward equal treatment for both sexes. They want to keep their "women's spaces" but they recognize that this means you also have to allow men to have their own "spaces".
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Re: The campus political correctness thread

Post by Anaxagoras » Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:35 am

More general silliness than political correctness per se, but I don't think it deserves its own thread, so here:

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Re: The campus political correctness thread

Post by Doctor X » Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:44 am

Well, this is at least "distinctive."

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