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.