Thursday, September 23, 2010
Patriarchal religion, pornography, and woman-hating at Wake Forest
I remember the themes of new student week at my university: diversity and tolerance. I soon discovered there was no diversity of thought and precious little tolerance for thoughtcrime. Parents should carefully look at the schools they are sending their children too. Money, especially tax dollars, should not be wasted on such worthless and bigoted events. A law school should be ashamed at holding a seminar to discuss such man-hating tripe.
Posted by: Fr. J | Sep 24, 2010 12:00:02 PM
Our society has become much more matriarchal than patriarchal. Feminism, in case you haven't noticed, rules the roost. It is also a twisted view of reality to blame traditional patriarchal society for pornography. Truly traditional patriarchal societies are characterized by a strict sexual morality. In the 1960s a bomb known as the sexual revolution went off, spewing everywhere contraception, sexually transmitted disease, abortion and pornography. Large segments of feminism bought into it all or large parts of it. The Catholic Church, which is considered by feminists to be the granddaddy of the "patriarchy," did not. How is it then that the "patriarchy" is responsible for pornography when the supposed leader of the "patriarchy," the Catholic Church, is pornography's leading opponent?
Posted by: Dan | Sep 24, 2010 12:16:41 PM
Is it fair to assume that 1.5% to 3% of patriarchs did not exercise "straight male power"?
Posted by: Phil Swain | Sep 24, 2010 12:54:32 PM
Thanks for this, Rob,
Very stimulating. What always cracks me up about tropes of this sort is how easy it is to speak just as plausibly by doing a global find and replace on most any of the key words. Were we to replace all occurrences of 'patriarchy' and its cognates with, say, 'matriarchy' and its cognates, for example, it would be very easy to spin causal 'stories' from the armchair, all of them revealing how the influence of mothers and sisters and women in general generate, via deep-seated Oedipal mechanisms, all of the offending phenomena in question. Of course, in both cases the stories will be plainly wrong. For I can assure you the real cause of all of our problems is just this: cats.
Posted by: Robert Hockett | Sep 24, 2010 2:24:25 PM
Bob: I totally agree about cats, and if you're able to put together a symposium consisting exclusively of like-minded folks -- those cat-loving wing-nuts can have their own dang symposium! -- we can establish once and for all feline responsibility for human suffering. I would even trek to Ithaca in January in order to participate. (Which may not be saying much, since I'd be coming from Minneapolis in January.)
Posted by: rob vischer | Sep 24, 2010 3:03:57 PM
Rob, I reviewed the new Richards book on this subject a while back on CoOp; you might find the review interesting. I think it's a serious book, although I also think it's seriously wrong.
Posted by: Paul Horwitz | Sep 24, 2010 3:47:16 PM
The question I have is: Why did Wake Forest send out this symposium invitation? What was it trying to say as an institution? What image was it trying to instill as an institution in the minds of recipients? Given that I did not receive it until more than ten days after the symposium was over (as was also the case with Rob and everyone else here), the purpose of the mailing could not have been to encourage us actually to attend (despite the first line reading "The Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy invites you to attend our inaugural symposium . . ."). Nor is this a message from an individual entity or interest group within the law school that may be speaking separately from the law school, but rather the mailing comes directly from the Wake Forest University School of Law and uses a general law school return address. So why choose to send out this woefully late invitation? Is Wake Forest as a law school trying to form a particular image of that institution through this mailing? Is it trying to influence voters in the academic reputation survey of the U.S. News ranking, just before the ballots arrive? If so, the rather crude and ideologically-weighted jargon that sweeps aside any nuance, the over-the-top to the point of absurdity slant, and the obviously one-sided nature of the program doesn't send a signal of serious academic discourse (however much that may be true of the individual participants who probably had little role in writing the description), much less convey that this law school seeks to foster a balanced discussion of issues and a true exchange of diverse ideas? Having observed now many, many symposia at faith-based law schools on often controversial topics, the balance and diversity of perspectives that I've generally seen is far greater in that setting than is apparent at this secular institution, if this program is any indication. Now I am inclined to think this particular program is not truly representative of Wake Forest law school. But that brings me back to my question: Why was it sent, what is the message intended, and to whom was it directed?
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