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University Students Are Helpless Infants

Posted on | February 24, 2016 | 50 Comments

Today I was babysitting my two young grandsons. When they arrived, I had the living room TV tuned to Turner Classic Movies (TCM) which was showing an old Jimmy Cagney gangster flick from the 1930s. For some reason, 2-year-old James found this black-and-white movie fascinating — guess he’d never seen such a thing — so I left it on that channel while I took care of the 5-month-old, Alexander. And then TCM showed the original Mighty Joe Young, and James was totally hooked into the story. He got a bit scared during the dramatic climax, when the children are trapped in a burning house and are saved by the heroic giant gorilla. However, my 2-year-old grandson was not nearly as scared as University of Michigan students, who were terrified by the thought that Milo Yiannopoulos and Julie Bindel were allowed to speak on campus:

During the debate, the two speakers exchanged arguments about feminism, debating whether the feminist movement impedes an individual’s freedom of speech. . . .
Yiannopoulos has been the subject of significant criticism for his opinions on individual feminists and feminist ideology, namely his views that feminists invent problems that do not exist — such as campus rape culture and the gender wage gap.
Bindel, who considers herself a second-wave feminist . . . has also received criticism for her treatment of modern feminists and the transgender community. . . .
In response to the debate, the University’s Spectrum Center — which dedicates its efforts to LGBTQ awareness on campus — offered extended office hours to provide an alternative space for students who felt threatened by the debate.
Engineering freshman Conrad Stoll said he was surprised the center hosted a safe gathering space for members of the LGBTQ community during the debate, since both Yiannopoulos and Bindel are gay.
“I would think that would be good,” Stoll said. “There’s two renowned people who are in the queer community and I was really shocked that the Spectrum Center acted as if they were terrible.”
The Spectrum Center was not immediately available for comment Tuesday evening. A statement on their website reads, “We recognize that the rhetoric of the speakers featured in this event is incredibly harmful to many members of our campus community. The Spectrum Center will be providing a supportive alternative space this evening and holding extended staffed hours until 9 p.m. There will be no program; our intent is to offer a relaxing, positive space for students who want to gather in community.”

WHAT? The “rhetoric” of two British homosexuals “is incredibly harmful” to the LGBTQ “community” in Ann Arbor? HOW? Students “felt threatened by the debate”? WHY? Are these students incapable of distinguishing between words and actions? Ideas and emotions? Fantasy and reality? My little grandson got a bit frightened during Mighty Joe Young, but he didn’t need a “safe space.” Have college students today never been told to grow up and stop being scaredy-cats?

 

We don’t tolerate cry-babies and scaredy-cats in my family. Adulthood requires courage. A family motto:

“Fortune Favors the Bold.”

Fear only God. Whom God would save, no man can destroy, and whom God would destroy, no man can save. Take pride in your fearlessness, and learn to laugh at danger.




 

Comments

  • Mike G.

    Great picture…getting a little long in the tooth are we.

    I watched a video last night with Milo during some British tabloid like show in which he debated with a couple of feminists…err…I mean to say that when Milo spoke, he had his ducks in a row and when the feminists spoke, they were mostly ad hominem attacks.

    One lady that spoke though, said that she thinks people on the internet need to grow thicker skin and ignore speech they don’t like instead of trying to ban people for wrong think.

  • http://www.paganvigil.com NeoWayland

    I don’t know who said it first.

    “You can’t childproof the world. You can only worldproof your children.”

  • robertstacymccain

    Growing old is not fun, but it beats the alternative.

  • https://youtu.be/h82D5ZvcALM CrustyB

    I faced down a mugger with a knife in my hand, flew in the co-pilot seat of a small airplane in a high wind going over the Grand Canyon, but goddamn if Mighty Joe Young didn’t scare the bejeesus out of me when I was a little kid, too.

  • Adobe_Walls

    The University’s Spectrum Center did this to generate publicity for a cause that is probably no big deal one way or the other on that campus.

  • Mike G.

    Yeah, I’m glad I’m still addicted to Oxygen. 😉

  • Adobe_Walls

    Pay no attention to the heckler above. I thought the beard rocked and it appears you gave up on it too soon.

  • OrangeEnt

    Have college students today never been told to grow up and stop being scaredy-cats?

    Only in military academies?

  • Mike G.

    Don’t reckon I was heckling as much as putting out some truthiness. Hell, I’m even longer in the tooth than Stacy as he can tell you.

  • Joe Joe

    Helpless is another word for “ripe for the totalitarian pickin'”

  • Adobe_Walls

    So you might be my age.

  • Mike G.

    I don’t know. By your avatar, you’re still sh!tting yeller, as we used to say. j/k Nice hat though.

    I believe I’m a couple of years older than our esteemed host.

  • Adobe_Walls

    Thanks for the compliment on my avatar. I can’t understand why some commenters here question my assertion that it’s a photo of me taken last summer.

  • DeadMessenger

    That woman is about to be banned for wrongthink.

    P.s. Couldn’t find you on FreezePeach. Maybe you can find me?

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    What these kids fear is being challenged. They can’t handle that.

  • DeadMessenger

    Impossible. Nobody’s as old as you, Walls.

  • DeadMessenger

    Because that’s when they learn that they aren’t special, after all, and that concept is so emotionally devastating, doncha know.

  • DeadMessenger

    Young Bob is quite a handsome lad in his uniform. What a nice picture.

  • Mike G.

    Well, as my dear departed Grandmother used to say…”You’re as young as you feel.” And she felt pretty young into her 80’s.

  • Mike G.

    Sent you a message, but it’s slow as all get out.

  • Joe Joe
  • DeadMessenger

    Ok, this is ridiculous. I found Jeanette with no trouble.

    I never used Twitter, and I’m anti-social and don’t typically do social media. But from what I can tell from the gnusocial guide (https://karp.id.au/social/user/exploring.html#exploring) there’s a way to add domain name to find someone on another server (if that’s the problem, and I don’t know that it is), but I can’t even figure out what server I’M on, let alone someone else.

    I’m starting to think that I need to go down to the elementary school and see if I can find some kid to help me.

  • Windy Wilson

    I guess a bunch of helpless infants is what you get when a formerly rigorous course of study now run by a bunch of lazy conniving Leftists try to have everyone undergo their indoctrinations.

  • BozoerRebbe

    Don’t get the wrong impression. Milo was very well received at the University of Michigan. I don’t know how many students availed themselves of the safe space, but the debate itself was very well attended with a sight majority of the people there being students or otherwise affiliated with the university, the majority of whom seemed to support Milo. Afterward, about 100 people lined up to shake Milo’s hand, give him a hug or have a photo taken of them with him.

  • Finrod Felagund

    I know someone who likes to say, “Every day you finish above ground is a good one.”

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  • John_LC_Silvoney

    Yet when you die you’re “in a better place”
    Which is it? Heh.Heh

  • http://www.journal14.com/ Dana

    Wouldn’t “an alternative space for students who felt threatened by the debate” be anyplace on campus where the debate wasn’t being held? It’s not like the University of Michigan is a one-room schoolhouse.

    I suppose that I should feel sorry for these Special Snowflakes™, ’cause if they can’t handle the idea that there’s a debate in a completely different room, one to which the do not have to listen, there’s no way they’ll ever survive in the business world. Even if their most stressful employment role is asking, “Would you like fries with that?” they’ll never handle the stress.

  • http://www.journal14.com/ Dana

    If these people are being threatened by a debate to which they do not have to listen, in another room, perhaps miles away, aren’t they similarly threatened by the presence of the internet itself? Shouldn’t they blanch every time they go near a modem?

  • gunga

    Never used Twitter? Never experienced the intense joy of the gulag mill? Twitter is the giant kindergarten where it’s always five minutes before nap time… My biggest tweet, btw, was part of #FreeStacy – loyal bunch of cheerful warriors!

  • https://aconservativechristianman.wordpress.com/ Fr. Paul Lemmen

    Looking quite a bit like Bill Murray … in a good way, especially standing next to the stalwart young warrior.

  • https://aconservativechristianman.wordpress.com/ Fr. Paul Lemmen

    Heck Mike, you can connect with me @frpaullemmen

  • Ilion

    As V the K recently called them: Special Juicebox Whiners

  • Daniel Freeman

    As an aside, in case you missed it, The Michigan Review did a hilarious promo for the event.

  • Daniel Freeman

    Well, it means confronting the possibility of being wrong.

    Which a healthy person can do without falling to pieces, and a rational person would actually seek out; but those kids are neither.

  • http://doofenshmirtz-evil-inc.blogspot.com/ PCachu

    I still prefer Iowahawk’s term, “Screaming [Campus] Garbage Babies”. At least partly because it’s such a perfect prompt for the “But tell us how you _really_ feel” follow-up.

  • Ilion

    Well, sure. However, “Special Juicebox Wniners” and “Social Justice (or “Just Us”) Wankers” both have the virtue of having the “SJW “acronym.

  • Ilion

    “Everybody wants to go to Heaven … but nobody wants to die”

  • Ilion

    But, seemingly, one can’t my-friend’s-mate-proof one’s posts.

  • Ilion

    The chick with the shaved head did such a good job of behaving exactly as one would expect a chick with a shaved head to act.

  • Quartermaster

    How sad 😉

  • http://o.com CaptDMO

    Is verified attendance at a “safe space” during a threatening event of voluntary attendance deemed prima facie entitlement to one’s Venezuelan Poli Sci paper due date extension?
    Does it allow for “special considerations” in the use of citations from WIKI, or “What NYT or LAT reported that the current Pope said in Mexico yesterday, and what it ACTUALLY means, um…in context!”?

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  • Daniel Freeman

    That was the best “Wait, what?” ever. The Platonic ideal of double-takes. I LOL’d.

  • Daniel Freeman

    It made me feel both loved and abandoned that I knew who wrote it before I even clicked on the link. Ashe Schow has been all over this issue, and that’s awesome; but sometimes it seems like it’s just her, Stacy and AVfM.

  • Ilion

    When I was maybe 4 years old, I must have asked my mother one of those endless “what if?” questions that small children endlessly ask, having to do with what if I did some horrible deed (keeping in mind a child’s conception of what is a horrible deed). She replied, “I’d rather see you dead than see you do X”
    .
    Most modern pussified people will think that to be a terrible — and in, immoral — thing to say and believe. I think it to be exactly correct, and I believe that our civilization would not be destroying itself if we collectively still believed that there are things worse than death (*).
    .
    So, my answer to the question, “Would you rather your child have feminism or cancer?” is “I’d rather see my child dead than to see her/him be such a spiteful, hate-filled pervertitarian.”
    .
    .
    (*) actually, we still do believe that, just not the right things

  • Joe Joe

    There have been a lot of others: Cathy Young, Emily Yoffe, Heather MacDonald, Valerie Bauerlein. A lot of women writing about this issue and doing a good job of it.

  • Taxpayer1234

    Your son is a very handsome!

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