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Delusions of Persecution: #TrigglyPuff’s Feminist Friend Jennie Chenkin Is Crazy

Posted on | May 3, 2016 | 79 Comments

 

When an event last week hosted by College Republicans at the University of Massachusetts was disrupted by a Hampshire College student named Cora Segal (see “What #TrigglyPuff Means”), the point-and-laugh reaction by conservatives was predictable. For more than two years, I have been urging conservatives to begin Taking Feminism Seriously. When I was assigned to cover the DC SlutWalk protest for The America Spectator in August 2013, I saw first-hand and at close range the kind of delusional madness that has taken hold in the minds of young women under the influence of so-called Third Wave feminism. While it can be argued that Second Wave feminism (i.e., the radical Women’s Liberation Movement of the 1960s and ’70s) was similarly insane, Third Wave feminism has taken this lunacy beyond every hitherto imaginable limit. Young feminists have sailed into uncharted waters of craziness in those regions of the ancient maps marked “Here Be Dragons.”

 

The effect of this insanity that has gained such frightening influence was illustrated by the recent activities of Jennie Chenkin, a student at Hampshire College and friend of Cora Segal who participated in the April 25 protests at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Hampshire College is part of the Five College Consortium, along with Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and UMass Amherst:

Five Colleges, Incorporated is a nonprofit educational consortium established in 1965 to promote the broad educational and cultural objectives of its member institutions, which include four private, liberal arts colleges and the Amherst campus of the state university. The consortium is an outgrowth of a highly successful collaboration in the 1950s among Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which resulted in the founding of a fifth institution, Hampshire College, in 1970. . . .
Their proximity to one another in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts favors Five College collaboration, as does their commitment to the liberal arts and to undergraduate education.

Let me point out something that should be obvious here:

Taxpayer-supported UMass, you see, accounts for 73% of enrollment in this “consortium,” and rich kids at the high-tuition elite private schools benefit from a hidden state subsidy through this “collaboration.” UMass is the center of gravity among these Five Colleges, and you can bet that the spoiled brats spending Daddy’s money to attend Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire look down their snooty noses at the grubby proles who go to UMass. Whereas a poor-but-smart kid goes to UMass hoping to acquire an education that will enable him to get a good job and a middle-class income, the daughters of privilege like Jennie Chenkin spend $48,065 a year to attend Hampshire College.

Jennie Chenkin declares to the world that she is an oppressed victim living in a “white supremacist cisheteropatriarchal society.” This is what Daddy’s money paid for her to learn at Hampshire College, where spewing such pseudo-intellectual jargon is considered a valuable skill.

Thorsten Veblen would have spotted this immediately as an example of conspicuous consumption, the display of high socioeconomic status through ostentatious spending.
The reason you send your daughter to Hampshire College is to show that you can afford to send her there. Money is no object for the parents of these kids. The working-class Mom helping her teenager fill out her FAFSA paperwork and struggling to come up with $14,356 a year for tuition at UMass wants her kid to learn something useful, to become a nurse or a computer programmer or a business manager, to get the kind of education that will qualify them for a good job and allow them to have a higher standard of living. The parents of rich girls like Cora Segal and Jennie Chenkin, by contrast, cannot be bothered with such mundane concerns. Just write a check so their precious princess can go to an expensive private school where their professors teach them how oppressed they are by “cisheteropatriarchy” and they train to become activists for social justice. Whatever the precious princess wants, the precious princess must have, and how dare those hateful UMass College Republicans hurt her precious feelings?

My name is Jennie Chenkin. I am a Hampshire College junior on a pre-law track with a concentration in political theory, carceral studies, and conflict resolution. I am writing this email because I have been harassed mercilessly online following “The Triggering” event and I have reason to believe that UMass Republicans have endorsed this harassment and libel against me.
On Monday night, I attended the event “The Triggering” hosted by UMass Republicans in protest of the panelists they had chosen to bring in to speak on “social justice, feminism, trigger warnings, microaggressions, and more.” My friends and I held up a banner outside the venue that said “content warning: bigotry inside” and we passed out fliers which explained what we believe political correctness stands for. When the panelists came on stage, we booed and heckled and disrupted, because that was what we were there to do. We wanted to send a message that even if the majority of the room agreed with what was being said, there were people in the community who adamantly disagreed, and that we were also allowed to make our voices heard under free speech laws. . . .
On Tuesday morning, I awoke to a notification from Facebook, indicating someone had tagged me in a comment on the event page for “The Triggering.” Someone by the name of Clarence Emerson (who I later learned is actually Aidan Kearney, a UMass alum, sexual predator, and professional bully) had tagged me in his comment with this article attached, referring to me in the comment as “little boy.”
As you can see by reading the blog post, it contains libellous language against me and screenshots of comments I posted on the event page for “The Triggering”. I have been advised by my attorney that both the harassment and the use of my comments are illegal — the use of my comments being an infringement of copyright law as outlined by Facebook, where individuals hold copyright law over everything they post, even comments posted on public pages. Legalities aside, I have now been put in personal danger because Aidan Kearney has demonized me and posted my personal information on a public website which caters to anti-social justice people who hate me and people like me.

You can read the whole thing, but there are several problems here. First, Ms. Chenkin needs to get a better lawyer, because if posting screencaps of what people say on social media is a crime, the prison overcrowding crisis is going to get a whole lot worse very soon. Second, for someone to be complaining about “libel” in the same email where they call someone a “sexual predator” is highly ironic, to say the least. A quick Google search turned up accusations that Aidan Kearney acted quite crudely toward some female Buffalo Bills fans during a 2014 game between the Bills and the New England Patriots. Kearney is a Patriots fan, and if rudely taunting the fans of one’s NFL opponents is a crime, we’re going to need to have a serious discussion about prison overcrowding, OK? No matter how crude Kearney’s (alleged) behavior was, however, calling him a “sexual predator” takes it to a whole ’nother level. You’re going to have to show me an arrest report before I’d use such a term to describe somebody, and even then I’d make sure I included some sort of attribution like “according to the affidavit” and maybe I’d throw an “allegedly” or two into the story for good measure. (There is a reason why Brett Kimberlin lost that defamation suit against me, OK?)

Jennie Chenkin is reckless and irresponsible, which may have something to do with her being arrested last fall in Westfield, New Jersey, for shoplifting and possession of burglary tools. Guess what? Ms. Chenkin considers it harassment to mention her criminal record:

Aidan Kearney has taken it upon himself to publish two more articles about me, each getting progressively more aggressive in content. Most recently, he has made a post about me being arrested in my home state several months ago. Though I take full responsibility for engaging in the action which led to my arrest, this is something I have been very ashamed of and embarrassed about, and until this point I have kept it a very private matter for that reason. I no longer have that luxury and I am worried that this string of harassing and revealing blog posts about me may prevent me from getting a summer job, which I desperately need in order to be able to pay for the last year of my undergraduate education before I go to law school.

Now wait a doggone minute there, Ms. Chenkin! How is it that your Daddy, an eminent professional in Somerset County, N.J., could afford to send his precious princess off to a private school in Massachusetts, but now you’re getting arrested for shoplifting and complaining that you “desperately need” a summer job in order to pay for your senior year of college? And what’s this talk about “law school”? Is there a law school somewhere that has an affirmative action quota for thieves?

Since we’re asking questions here, Ms. Chenkin, can you explain to me how, on the one hand, you’re now so hard up for cash to pay your tuition at Hampshire College, and yet on the other hand you can afford the services of a lawyer (“my attorney”) to provide you with advice on copyright law, harassment, defamation and so forth? Also, why does your rambling 2,000-word email to officials at the University of Massachusetts include this irrelevant tangent?

[W]hen I first drafted this email, only the one article about me had been published on the turtleboysports website, which I again acknowledge has no affiliation with UMass and is not under UMass jurisdiction. A few hours later, another blog post had been made about me on the site. A few hours after that, a video featuring my friend — taken and published illegally by Mount Holyoke sophomore and Campus Reform representative Kassy Dillon, who is also being investigated for misconduct during and after the event — was published on Youtube and shared widely throughout the conservative web. This video has been viewed in the hundreds of thousands and has been shared on Twitter by the panelists themselves. It was featured on Fox News. The blog post about my arrest followed and then another blog post, revealing the identity of my friend in the video.

Exactly what do you expect UMass officials to do about this, Ms. Chenkin? You and your friend Cora Segal went to a public event at the University of Massachusetts where you “booed and heckled and disrupted . . . to make our voices heard under free speech laws.” And yet now you, a student at Hampshire College, write to UMass officials to blame the College Republicans (whose event you disrupted) for blog coverage of your activism and — oh, by the way — claiming that video of your protests was “illegally” recorded and uploaded to YouTube. Yet the person who recorded this video was not a UMass student, either, so why are you even bringing it up in your email to UMass officials?

The explanation for all this, I suspect, is that you are crazy, Ms. Chenkin.

Fortunately, Ms. Chenkin, I’ve located an eminent professional in your New Jersey hometown who might help you. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University, as well as a master’s degree and, in fact, he has been visiting Lecturer at Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work as well as a faculty member at Rutgers University Center of Alcohol Studies. Call it a hunch, Ms. Chenkin, but I think you may already be . . . let’s say, familiar with this eminent professional.

Pardon me for saying this, ma’am, but when you keep spewing threats of legal action against anyone who mentions your name on a blog, I don’t think advice from a lawyer is the kind of professional help you need.

You are wacko, bonkers, deranged, demented, disturbed, off your rocker, a few fries short of a Happy Meal and cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.

Seek help, Ms. Chenkin.




 


Comments

  • feeriker

    And what’s this talk about “law school”? Is there a law school somewhere that has an affirmative action quota for thieves?

    Maybe there’s some diploma mill out there with such a creative quota. Jennie’s a twofer: thief and moron. Who knows, maybe LawDegreesRUs will give her a full scholarship based on her being able to check both of those “AA” boxes.

  • Mr. Saturn

    To be fair I’d probably be less eager to cross the Southeastern Conference.

  • Joe Joe

    Gives her something in common with Trayvon Martin at his first suspension from school.

  • Virginia Collins

    “my room mate Lori Is getting paid on the internet 98$/hr”…..!cc872atwo days ago grey MacLaren P1 I bought after earning 18,512 DoIIars..it was my previous month’s payout..just a little over.17k DoIIars Last month..3-5 hours job a day…with weekly payouts..it’s realy the simplest. job I have ever Do.. I Joined This 7 months. ago. and now making over. hourly 87 DoIIars…Learn. More right Here !cc872a:?:?:???? http://GlobalSuperJobsReportsEmploymentsCampGetPayHourly$98…. .??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??::::::!cc872a….,….

  • Quartermaster

    If his avatar is a pic of him, he does look a bit long in the tooth and perhaps he isn’t seeing clearly anymore.

  • Quartermaster

    OK. I have my pistol. Would you please step this way for a very brief talk?

  • Quartermaster

    One thing that gets little consideration is that Hitler was a good progressive. Stalin and Mao fall in that category as well.

  • Quartermaster

    The people that encourage such a notion would have to be in the running.

  • Quartermaster

    Depleted Uranium has one use that I know of. The other DU has no known uses other than as a poison.

  • Daniel Freeman

    It’s not that uncommon for a certain kind of rebellious young woman to have the two most common tools necessary to pick a simple lock.

    A full set of lockpicking tools is much rarer, and most likely in the possession of a middle-aged man who claims to be a locksmith.

    I’m betting it was the former.

  • Fail Burton

    The most frightening thing about this women is she makes me aware of why Asian dictatorships would sometimes send people off to re-education camps which were little more than farms. There’s nothing like understanding dirt and sun and that water is wet to cure insanity. There is no sink-or-swim in this daffy child’s world. The idea she actually longs for a non-white whatever is silly. There are planes and plane tickets with which she can easily relocate herself to a non-white utopia. Send her to Lagos or Guatemala City with no hope of return and then you’ll really see some screaming when she suddenly becomes sane and reality asserts itself.

  • Steve Skubinna

    No, no, no… what I think doesn’t matter at all. What is of paramount importance is your feelz. What do you identify as today?

    Would you like to be Princess Sparklepony, or perhaps Qwixxor Thunderdragon?

    No, what I mean is if you are pretending to White Privilege you can’t be a wymyn. Cis-het-male all the way, baby!

  • Steve Skubinna

    That pic is at least ten years old, and I never saw so clearly anyway.

  • Jeanette Victoria ?????????

    I live in Real Land. I was born female therefore I am a female. I would like to identify as a Rockefeller so I can claim my inheritance…

  • Steve Skubinna

    Hitler was only a good progressive until he ran afoul of Stalin. Then he instantly transmogrified into a right wing reactionary.

  • Jeanette Victoria ?????????

    Here is a more recent one (FYI it is 7 years old)

  • Steve Skubinna

    Plus, another benefit of the reeducation farms was, even if the insanity isn’t cured, you get turnips!

  • Steve Skubinna

    Heck, I would have lost my professional license for a DUI.

  • Loren

    I wish Discus would just block whatever name uses that picture. Different accounts, but always the same pic and same spam.

  • Daniel Freeman

    Well, it looks like she was a hula hooper — hard to tell from the photo and the video is private now, but it looks like she had a decent bod two years ago — so from a purely physical perspective, sure.

    But since crazy feminist means a fake name, a disposable phone, and possible exposure to new and interesting problems that are incurable and condoms don’t stop… no. Not worth the trouble.

  • Fail Burton

    TrigglyPuff-lite.

  • Steve Skubinna

    Yeah, I just can’t see having to buy a burner phone and fake ID just to have a relationship with a raving nutter.

  • Nina Burns

    “my room mate Lori Is getting paid on the internet 98$/hr”…..!cc450etwo days ago grey MacLaren P1 I bought after earning 18,512 DoIIars..it was my previous month’s payout..just a little over.17k DoIIars Last month..3-5 hours job a day…with weekly payouts..it’s realy the simplest. job I have ever Do.. I Joined This 7 months. ago. and now making over. hourly 87 DoIIars…Learn. More right Here !cc450e:?:?:???? http://GlobalSuperJobsReportsEmploymentsBoardGetPayHourly$98…. .??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??::::::!cc450e….,.

  • rayc22558

    I went to grad school at Umass in the 80’s. Hampshire College was known as advanced high school for the rich. When I was there someone graduated with a degree in Frisbee. Saturday Night Live had a segment called “Jarrett’s Room”, about a webcast from a couple of stoners from Hampshire College. Could have been true.

  • balashi

    It is so sad how woefully misinformed today’s generation is on how Freedom of Speech works. Under freedom of speech, you get to criticize the government and authorities of this nation without being thrown in prison for it.

    Free Speech does NOT mean you can open your mouth anytime, anywhere, say anything you want and suffer ZERO consequences for it. If you go to a public event where speakers have been invited to .. speak.. and sit in that audience and cause constant disruptions.. there WILL be consequences for this anti-social behavior…

    It has… NOTHING… to do with the First Amendment.. not in the slightest!

  • This Is Me Reaping

    Why is it so hard to understand what I mean when I say I want my voice to be heard? Sharing what I’m doing if you AGREE WITH IT it is exactly the kind of attention I’m asking for. Sharing what I’m doing if you DON’T like it is going to get you sued for illegal harassment. Okay, maybe the law doesn’t work that way yet, but it will!

  • This Is Me Reaping

    The shoplifting thing was just a mistake and not at all representative of her character. The burglary tools were just kinda there.

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