Wellesley College has taken PC from the risible and spun off into the absurd. A man named “Timothy”, who used to be a woman, but now identifies as “masculine-of-center-genderqueer” was stymied in his effort to run for the student government post of multicultural affairs coordinator. The reason: he was a white male filling a “diversity seat”.
If there was ever a Rorschach test for liberals, it would have to be this. If you read this story and suppress the desire to laugh uncontrollably, you must be a liberal.
The New York Times Magazine article delves into the diversity issue without remorse or tongue-in-cheek.
“It wasn’t about Timothy,” the student behind the Abstain campaign told me. “I thought he’d do a perfectly fine job, but it just felt inappropriate to have a white man there. It’s not just about that position either. Having men in elected leadership positions undermines the idea of this being a place where women are the leaders.”
I asked Timothy what he thought about that argument, as we sat on a bench overlooking the tranquil lake on campus during orientation. He pointed out that he has important contributions to make to the MAC position. After all, at Wellesley, masculine-of-center students are cultural minorities; by numbers alone, they’re about as minor as a minority can be. And yet Timothy said he felt conflicted about taking a leadership spot. “The patriarchy is alive and well,” he said. “I don’t want to perpetuate it.”
The “patriarchy” apparently now includes anyone who chooses to become a white male. This crashes into the LGBT argument like a drunken septuagenarian backing out of a 7-11. The seriousness with which this totally ridiculous story is treated in a 7,867-word feature by Ruth Padawer stuns my sensibilities. Padawer teaches at Columbia School of Journalism, where brevity and conciseness are plainly avoided.
The Cliffs Notes version of Padawer’s iron-penned tome was covered by Katherine Timpf with the National Review Online. Timpf managed to boil it down to under 500 words, and not miss a single point. I’m certain a large part of her brevity was due to the spasms of laughter she experienced wading through the tortured history, forced logic and assumed gravitas of the Times article.
This quote from NRO’s piece has to be the most cringeworthy snippet yet.
Boatwright told the Times that his high-school friends knew he was transgender, but he identified himself as female on the application to Wellesley because he didn’t want his mom to know. Of course, Wellesley is also a female school, and “it seemed awkward to write an application essay for a women’s college on why you were not a woman,” he said.
It’s all about mom. Those pesky gender stereotypes strike again.