Remember when feminism was “I am woman, hear me roar” and similar platitudes? When a woman called herself a feminist, she was claiming that she was as strong as any man and just as capable as anyone, Ah, good times.
Today, feminists are hothouse flowers who apparently need to be sheltered from the harsh realities of life. Evidence of this comes from a feminist college professor who felt so triggered by a student’s paper that she began associating the student with the man she claims raped her.
Writing anonymously in Inside Higher Ed, the professor described a lesson on rape culture she included in her gender class, saying she was frustrated with male students skeptical that it exists.
But one male student’s paper left her “thrown back into a pit of traumatic, fragmented memories,” she wrote.
The student cited a men’s rights advocacy group, referenced a case where a woman raped a man, questioned whether feminism was relevant, and said that concerns about gender inequality were overblown.
The professor thought the paper was not well sourced, and that the argument wasn’t sufficiently supported. But that wasn’t all.
“As I went over his paper,” she wrote, “I realized that I was reading a paper that sounded word for word like something the man who raped me would say. And not only did this sound like something my rapist would say, this student fit the same demographic profile as him: white, college male, between the ages of 18 and 22.”
The anonymous professor went on to state that upon reading the paper, her immediate reaction was to give the student a zero for the work.
She recounts screaming “Zero! You get a f*cking zero!” at the computer screen as she graded the student’s two-page paper, saying that she also felt that simply by writing the paper, he had undermined her authority as an instructor.
Honestly? This is someone who has no business teaching anything.
She claims that the paper wasn’t properly sourced and that its conclusions were insufficiently supported, but she also admits to wanting to award it a zero and claims the paper undermined her authority as an instructor. It leads me to wonder whether the issue was sourcing and supporting the argument, or rather just that the argument was offensive to the professor.
To her credit, she does seem to admit that it was impossible for her to remain unbiased about the student’s work, which she should be applauded for if nothing else.
Unfortunately, the problem remains. This is an admitted feminist who is in such a fragile state that a different opinion triggered her. She isn’t some kind of isolated individual far removed from most feminists. In fact, the only thing particularly surprising about her story is that she acknowledged she couldn’t be objective.
I guess it’s now: “I am woman, hear me get triggered.”