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Tales of the Absurd from the Culture Wars- May 2nd edition

Time for another installment of the absurdity perpetrated by the offended and generally misunderstood social justice warriors with too much time on their hands to think up silly stuff to make their otherwise insignificant lives look significant if only for a day or 140 characters or less.

THIS PUTS A DAMPER ON RUSH WEEK

An anonymous group called It’s Going Down recently took credit for vandalism at four fraternities at the University of Texas- Austin.  They spray painted some houses with the words “rapist,” “racist” or “kill all frat boys.”  They also painted the hammer and sickle as a calling card.

As they stated in their manifesto, they are not protesting anything in particular, just…everything.  Says their manifesto, they are a “ media platform for revolutionary anarchist, anti-fascist, and autonomous anti-capitalist and anti-colonial movements.”  Well, at least they learned what alliteration was so it is not a total waste.  Why fraternities?  Again the manifesto: because “the Greco-Roman legacy has inspired so much of the march of European civilization against the ‘uncivilized.'”  So they are protesting…civilization.

SUFFER THE POOR HICKEY

That ubiquitous love bite on the neck most teenagers suffer if they’re lucky enough has come under attack by some feminist student blogger named Czmar.  Apparently sporting one herself, she found that the reason she was covering it up on campus was because she was perpetuating a pattern of self-inflicted sexual repression.

Thankfully, Ms. Czmar has a solution: educate young women that exhibiting a hickey and the shame associated is simply a reinforcement of a male-dominated patriarchal society and that they should proclaim their hickeys with pride.

I have a better solution:  turtlenecks.

SO BREASTFEEDING IS NOT NATURAL BECAUSE IT IS NATURAL

Well, not exactly.  We all know breastfeeding is natural, but according to a study in “Pediatrics,” we shouldn’t say so.  With the emphasis these days from many quarters extolling the virtues of breastfeeding over bottle feeding, they take exception to governmental agencies referring to it as “natural.”

Not because it is unnatural but because:

Coupling nature with motherhood… can inadvertently support biologically deterministic arguments about the roles of men and women in the family (for example, that women should be the primary caretaker…Referencing the ‘natural’ in breastfeeding promotion… may inadvertently endorse a set of values about family life and gender roles, which would be ethically inappropriate…

So for the bulk amount of human history, breastfeeding has been the preferred (i.e., natural) way to feed babies.  And for the vast amount of human history, women- being in possession of functional mammary glands- have naturally been the primary caretakers of the young.  This would make it all rather natural… naturally.

IT’S COOL TO HOLD A HUNGER STRIKE UNTIL YOU ARE HUNGRY

I know this one has gotten some press here at Redstate, but it bears repeating. Some graduate assistants at Yale University are leading a hunger strike since the administration refuses to recognize their collective bargaining unit.  It is my understanding that they get free tuition and a stipend for teaching at a school that charges John and Jane Doe about $50,000 in tuition.  But, they want more.

So they went on a hunger strike, but it is really only symbolic.  Eight students have started a hunger strike outside the university president’s residence.  However, once they are hungry, they are relieved by assumed satiated protesters to take their place while the hungry hunger strikers address their hunger with food.

I think a better solution would be for them to bring food or arrange to have it brought to them, end the Cesar Chavez nonsense, and call it a sit-in.  And I do not have an Ivy League education to figure this one out.

OOOPS!  I TOLD YOU SO…

Last week I noted that Oxford University in Britain noted in a letter that it could be a sign of racism to ask people where they were from, or that avoiding eye contact with certain people could be a sign of racism.

They had to go back on that learned guidance when, as expected and called here first, advocates for those suffering from autism often avoid direct eye contact.  In other words, they are no racists.  So the university clarified their guidance and stance and apologized to the Oxford autistic community.  They could have avoided the inevitable embarrassment by not issuing any silly guidelines in the first place.

SAY IT AIN’T SO, RADIOHEAD

The rock group Radiohead is under intense pressure to cancel an upcoming concert in Tel Aviv, Israel.  The pressure is coming from the likes of the Palestinian-loving Roger Waters, previously of the band Pink Floyd, and other entertainers with a chip on their shoulder against Israel over the occupied West Bank.  Other notable stars calling out Radiohead for not cancelling their upcoming July 19th concert are actress Julie Christie and actor Danny Glover as well as other rock acts like Brian Eno, Stevie Wonder, Marc Almond, and The Pixies.

Looking at that roster of anti-Israel artists, one thing is common: they are all insignificant has-beens in their respective fields.  Waters hasn’t done anything of interest since “The Wall” and Marc Almond- the former lead singer of Soft Cell which had a one hit “Tainted Love-” particularly gets under my skin since his shoegazing form of music invades my Pandora stream nightly.

For their part, Radiohead- which is actually a relevant rock band- has had no comment.  They have played in Israel before.  Incidentally, Waters and Costello have performed in such tolerant countries as Dubai where Palestinians are virtual slaves to the emirs.

EVEN THE ROBOTS ARE RACIST

A study out of Princeton determined that robots or other artificial intelligence machines exhibit racist and sexist bias.  One such example, according to the bearded bards, is the fact that robots repeatedly connect females with families, households and- gasp!- childbirth, but rarely with professions.

Another “experiment” had the robot  connect the concept of “pleasant” or “unpleasant” with black or white subjects.  If the robot took longer to associate “pleasant” with the black subject, it counted as bias EVEN IF the robot eventually said “pleasant.”

This only goes to show that even if someone is not biased, racist or sexist, there is a study out there showing that that someone is biased, racist or sexist.  The study ends with the ominous warning that bias in robots could lead to job discrimination if they are screening job resumes.

You just can’t trust robots these days…

That’s it for this week.  Be sure to join me next week when we again descend into the absurdly insane, yet hilarious world of the social justice warrior.