WASHINGTON, March 31, 2016 — Apparently, life on the modern American college campus is rife with difficulties — in particular, those caused by testosterone-filled young males whose every action is motivated by an ingrained “rape culture.” Or so we are told.
In his book “Men Who Rape: The Psychology of the Offender,” clinical psychologist and author Nicholas Groth describes the motivation behind what he calls “power rape”:
Rape is first and foremost an aggressive act, an assertion of power on the part of the offender – the power to control, to hurt, and to degrade activated by a feeling that power over one’s own life has diminished… A sense of powerlessness may be activated [in the rapist] by confrontation with unresolved life issues or demands that overwhelm the individual.
Unlike the debunked myth of rampant physical rape on campus (Reason magazine), there is most certainly a form of intellectual power rape underway in America’s bustling pedagogical factories of grievance, discontent and politically-correct totalitarian intolerance.
Way back in November of 2014, a Marquette University associate professor of political science, John C. McAdams, made a casual reference in his blog (“Marquette Warrior”) to an event that took place in a “Theory of Ethics” philosophy class.
Student instructor Cheryl Abbate was “attempting to apply a philosophical text to modern political controversies… She listed some issues on the board, and came to ‘gay rights,’” wrote McAdams.
The instructor boldly announced to the class that “everybody agrees on this, and there is no need to discuss it.”
And that’s when trouble ensued.
A student told Abbate after class that he disagreed with “the gay lobby’s notions of ‘gay rights’ (such as gay marriage)” and that in his opinion the issue deserved discussion.
Abbate told the student that “some opinions are not appropriate, such as racist opinions, sexist opinions” and that the student did not “have a right” to make what in her opinion were “homophobic comments.” She urged him to drop the class.
“Groups not favored by leftist professors,” said McAdams, “can be freely attacked, and their views (or supposed views) ridiculed. Christians and Muslims are not allowed to be ‘offended’ by pro-gay comments (Muslims are a protected victim group in lots of ways, but not this one.)”
Two years after writing his blog post, it was announced professor McAdams will be suspended from his position at Marquette until January of 2017, with the university “commencing the process to revoke your tenure and to dismiss you from the faculty,” for what university President Michael Lovell called a lack of “respect for others’ opinions, and the exercise of appropriate restraint… those such as yourself invested with tenure’s power can carelessly and arrogantly intimidate and silence the less-powerful and then raise the shields of academic freedom and free expression against all attempts to stop such abuse.”
In short, freedom of speech is no excuse for, well, freedom of speech.
You see, McAdams’ exposure of academic intolerance and censorship in defense of tenuous PC social fads subjected the hate-filled and despicable Abbate to “hate-filled and despicable emails” and nasty notes stuffed into her campus mailbox, one of which read: “You must undo the terrible wrong committed when you were born… You must abort yourself for the glory of inclusiveness and tolerance.”
“Ms. Cheryl Abbate now has withdrawn from our graduate program,” said President Lovell, “and moved to another university to continue her academic career.”
And, quite frankly, that is how it’s supposed to work in a free society. Expose the tyrannical cranks of the left to public scrutiny and watch them scurry for dark cover like roaches at the first flickering of the kitchen light.
Like power rapists, these academics have a need to “control, to hurt, and to degrade” students into conforming to ideas that would normally collapse in a rigorous, open debate.
That is why open inquiry threatens academia’s Halflings, who are currently peddling the enfeebled notions smoldering within their “safe spaces.” Those with “unresolved life issues or demands that overwhelm the individual.”
Professor John McAdams is to be commended for showing no restraint in challenging the “less-powerful” assumptions of these tedious and teeny totalitarians.