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Fox News: A male professor who made a joke in a crowded elevator at an academic conference is now facing disciplinary charges after a female professor who was there filed a formal complaint. Richard Ned Lebow, professor of international political theory at King’s College in London, was in a jammed elevator when someone asked him what floor he needed to get off on, according to a Washington Post opinion piece.
“Ladies’ lingerie,” he joked.
He was attending the International Studies Association conference in San Francisco at the time. Simona Sharoni, professor or women’s and gender studies at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, also present in the elevator, took offense and several hours after the incident, she filed a complaint with the association, which found that Lebow violated the group’s code of conduct.
She tremblingly wrote, “I am still trying to come to terms with the fact that we froze and didn’t confront him.”
After Lebow was made aware of the complaint, he sent Sharoni an email telling her “I certainly had no desire to insult women or to make you feel uncomfortable.” He also suggested she may have “interpreted my remark out of context.”
“Like you, I am strongly opposed to the exploitation, coercion or humiliation of women,” Lebow wrote, according to the Post. “As such evils continue, it seems to me to make sense to direct our attention to real offenses, not those that are imagined or marginal. By making a complaint to ISA that I consider frivolous — and I expect, will be judged this way by the ethics committee — you may be directing time and effort away from the real offenses that trouble us both.”
The ISA committee found fault with Lebow characterizing Sharoni’s complaint as “frivolous.” It instructed him to issue an “unequivocal apology,” which he refused to do.
Lebow told colleagues this is “a horrifying and chilling example of political correctness” that “encourages others to censor their remarks for fear of retribution.”
“For decades, women and other marginalized groups in the academy had to put up with white men who decided what counts as a violation and what is ‘frivolous,’” Sharoni told The Chronicle. “As someone who has dedicated her life to confronting sexism (and other forms of discrimination and oppression) in academic spaces, I cannot and will not remain silent when misogyny is at play.”
Lebow faces appropriate sanctions from ISA if he doesn’t write an apology by May 15.
Transphobic much? How did she know he wasn’t really looking for the lingerie department? Did she just assume his gender? Or is she pushing patriarchal norms where only women can wear lingerie?
First of all, good for this dude. When you’re 76 years old and you’re a highly respected academic, you don’t apologize to white feminist psychopaths going around looking for things to be offended by. You stick to your guns. Because you’re 76 and you no longer have to humor this bullshit. We need more professors like this who aren’t afraid to stand up to this INSANE culture that radical college professors are trying to create.
Secondly, the fact that this guy is now in trouble for calling her frivolous complaint frivolous is everything that is wrong with the world today. He is being forced to apologize for telling the truth. There’s two things wrong with this:
- Colleges should not be in the habit of censoring speech, never mind speech that is clearly accurate and fact based.
- Colleges should not be COMPELLING speech. Forcing someone to apologize is MAKING them say words they don’t want to say. It’s the exact opposite of free speech and free expression. And any apology that is compelled is not a real apology anyway.
But he is exactly right about this main point – this is a distraction from legitimate concerns of women. The time spent investigating a harmless, lame Dad joke that no one born after 1948 gets the reference to anyway, is time that could be spent investigating an allegation of rape or sexual harassment that has actual merit.
— Simona Sharoni (@simonasharoni) May 7, 2018
Of course this woman teaches “Gender Studies” too. She is a walking stereotype of woke feminism. I mean, seriously – gender studies is the default major you use to mock social justice warriors who can’t find a job and complain about paying back loans. And OF COURSE this woman teaches it at an expensive, private college in North Andover. As long as institutions of higher learning continue to employ people like this they will continue to be a joke. You’d have to be insane to pay for this woman’s salary by letting your kids go to school there.
But wait until you see her Facebook page from Super Bowl Sunday…
Imagine being such a miserable person that you found a way to turn the Super Bowl into an assignment on racism and sexism for your gender studies class? Imagine being married to someone like this? You might as well just chop your dick off and get it over with.
Seriously, the Super Bowl is the one thing that unites all Americans. Most people come together on that day, eat food, drink beer, and root for whoever is playing the Patriots. And what is she focusing on?
- Who took a knee during the National Anthem.
- Whether or not Justin Timberlake “culturally appropriated” a Prince song during the halftime show.
If JT wanted to culturally appropriate Prince he’d swallow a bunch of prescription pills and die. Am I the only one who isn’t afraid to say that Prince sucks? That he’s the most overrated, overhyped musician of the last 30 years? JT would wipe the floor with him, and if he “culturally appropriated” his music, it would be the biggest compliment Prince could ever get. If only cultural appropriation were a real thing. In reality musical styles constantly build off each other and evolve. Rock and Roll came from R&B which came from Jazz which came from ragtime. This is how culture works.
Sure, she could’ve just put on the TV to find out if anyone took a knee, but she had to be woke and let people know she wasn’t watching this display of right wing patriarchy:
A lot of her far left colleagues have defended Ned Lebow, and pointed out that her wokeness is bordering on insomnia. Naturally she’s blocked all these people, including a friend who claims to be the victim of sexual assault:
“You are engaging in victim blaming.”
There it is folks. The default move of SJWs everywhere – self victimization. She’s a victim because a guy said “women’s lingerie” in an elevator. That’s way more traumatic than being raped.
Her friends also said the same thing about her freaking out over Prince. Naturally they were dismissed too:
A link from the Daily Beast!! Case closed!! Check your privilege!!
She also asked the age old question – will students get defensive to a critical analysis of the Super Bowl with a focus on gender and race and political economy and militarization if the Patriots lose?
Who hasn’t asked themselves that question? I’m honestly amazed how she’s found a way to take this great thing that everyone loves and turn it into an assignment about
gender and race and political economy and militarization.Amazing.
Oh, and nationalism is apparently a bad thing:
I really don’t get why these people live in a country that they consider to be so awful that having pride in it is a bad thing.
Donna seems like fun….
She also runs a Facebook group called FAR (Faculty Against Rape):
Which is really, really needed to combat the opposition group, FFR (Faculty For Rape).
She’s using her groups (which is really just her) to condemn the guy who made the lingerie joke:
Thank God she stopped him when she did. First thing rapists always do is make corny Dad jokes about women’s lingerie floors. Then they commence with the raping. Everyone knows that.
Oh, and then there’s this:
Oh good, common ground.
Anyway, Merrimack is apparently gonna keep her on the payroll, so whatever you do, DO NOT flood their Facebook page with 1 star reviews!!!