Sex and the City in the classroom [Excerpts]
In the sacraments of the liberal faith, education usurps the place of
baptism and sex takes on the significance of communion. Thus, [Oregon State
University] may have created the definitive liberal congregation in the form
of WS 399: Sex and the City, which studies the television series of the same name. The class has it all: oodles of talk about sex, man-hating theories (the most distinguished tradition of feminist scholarship), and academic standards so low that an anencephalic gorilla or a football player (presuming any difference between the two) can easily pass.
When I first arrived at OSU, I thought Women's Studies meant Home
Economics. After being sent to a rather uncomfortable re-education camp,where I was forced to recite innumerable Hail Mary (Wollstonecraft)'s in penance, I concluded that if the Women¹s Studies department actually represented women, misogyny would be a prerequisite to rationality.
This department's forte is classes consisting of left-wing rants and
ludicrous facsimiles of legitimate scholarship. Offerings have included WS
414: Systems of Oppression in Women's Lives, WS 230: Women in the Movies, WS 299: Witches, Midwives, and Healers, and my previous favorite, WS 199, which was described thusly, "This course explores the relationships between football and masculinity/femininity and gendered systems of power and privilege. Topics include the social construction of sport, gender and the preeminence of football, women's pro football cheerleading, homosexuality
OSU hasn't any classes devoted to Virgil or Homer, let alone the languages they wrote in, but they can afford to pay faculty to expound upon the existential significance of the NFL and its relations with homosexuality.
Apparently the latter is more important to the development of youthful
Consequently, intellectual quality becomes less important than using the
classroom for the creation of a tolerant and diverse society. Indeed, our
intellectual patrimony has to be banished, for it is a product of the old
order that is to be supplanted.
The liberal view of education consists of idolatry of self. Man, who is
intrinsically good, shall heal the world through his increasing
enlightenment. Hence the rise in disciplines focused on the minutia of ourlives, for small minds quickly fall from grandiose to trivial
self-adulation. Consider the area of expertise of a professor I took a class
on world religions from. She studied religion in pop culture; out with
Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, or even the Bhagavad-Gita, in with The Matrix