Education or Indoctrination?

A number of theories currently circulate regarding conservative hostility to higher education. Some argue it’s because a lack of education will keep Republican politicians in power. Others say it’s because conservatives can’t handle hearing different opinions. Let’s consider another perspective: conservatives want their kids educated, not indoctrinated.

A class taught this spring at Ohio State University will review a parade of reasons why white heterosexual masculinity is allegedly problematic…according to its syllabus.

Parents are surely thrilled at the prospect of their children learning about problematic masculinity for approximately five to six figures of debt. What could such a course entail?

The course, “Be a Man! Masculinities, Race and Nation,” includes a variety of readings to that end, including its required textbook “Dude, You’re a Fag!” by C.J. Pascoe, which analyzes masculinity as not only a gendered process, but sexual one.

Time will only tell if OSU’s Bias Response Team is deployed to examine whether Jonathan Branfam’s required textbook is considered “problematic” with a homophobic slur in the title. Perhaps other required readings make up for the gaffe.

Other assigned reading excerpts include: “Masculinity as Homophobia” by Michael Kimmel; “Advertising and the Construction of Violent White Masculinity” by Jackson Katz; “Dude Sex: Dudes Who Have Sex with Dudes” by Jane Ward; “Looking for My Penis” by Richard Fung; “Sodomy in the New World” by Jonathan Goldberg; and “Teaching Men’s Anal Pleasure” by Susan Stiritz.

Solving the heterosexual masculinity problem involves a detailed examination of homosexuality. Got it. The audiovisual material in the course is just as ridiculous for a class at a university.

The class is also expected to screen “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” the dashcam footage of Philando Castile’s murder, Key & Peele’s “Hoodie Skit,” and an episode of “The New Normal.”

Connecting any of those videos with dreaded toxic masculinity is a stretch for those outside academia. Fear not, as Dr. Branfam’s done all the heavy lifting for mere mortals.

The course is ultimately presented as a study in “feminist masculinity” that seeks to explain how ideas about masculinity “simultaneously harm yet privilege” men, the syllabus states. It also aims to explain how “beliefs regarding masculinity serve to justify certain kinds of violence by men against others, and violence against particular groups of men.”

Being a man is both a privilege and harmful. Masculine beliefs justify violence against others. Students read a “male privilege checklist” on the first day of class. If anyone can explain how this isn’t a case study of indoctrination, I’m willing to listen.

Dr. Branfam’s work isn’t confined to the halls of academia. His published material includes a children’s book teaching “gender and sexual identity.”

“It was really a result of teaching women’s, gender and sexuality studies classes at OSU,” Branfman told the [OSU] Lantern. “I often found myself thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if everyone got really clear, unstigmatized information about gender and sexual diversity at a young age instead of them having to unlearn all kinds of harmful false ideas when they’re 12 instead of when they’re 20?’”

Get them while they’re young, and they’ll sign up for your gender studies classes later. Duly noted.

The unhinged lunatics infecting academia aren’t limited to places like Oberlin or Evergreen State. Odds are your local university has someone like Branfam teaching men they are bad, evil rapists destined for a life of violence unless they rid themselves of all the harmful manly thoughts and values taught by their parents and society.

Once the diploma is secured, and the newly neutered but “educated” man walks across the stage at graduation, he will attempt to find an employer who will pay him a living wage without subjecting him to the horrific violence that is masculine thought. This “woke” individual will no doubt make every effort to point out co-workers’ problematic displays of manliness.

And he’ll blame the patriarchy when his boss finally sees him as a liability.

Conservatives aren’t willing to engage with differing opinions. Parents against sending their children to college are more wary of the gospel preached by the Dr. Branfam’s of academia. They’re paying for their children to learn useful skills and study subjects preparing them for the transition to adult life.

When the kids come back home over break and argue with their parents about the gendered violence of the NFL, Mom and Dad will call their friends and tell them to keep their children away from university.

The second call will be to the school, demanding a refund.

h/t Andrew King

“Fuck Off. We Won.”

Chuck Johnson of Got News was approached by someone #WithHer after election results were over. This individual asked him what it was like to elect a racist, sexist, transohomophic white guy into the White House. Chuck’s response was simple and to the point. “Fuck off. We won.”

Pax Dickinson, Chuck’s business partner and co-founder of WeSearchr, is featured as the front page photo of numerous international newspapers following Donald Trump’s Presidential election win. The photo is a pictorial version of Chuck Johnson’s statement: Pax with a red “Make America Great Again” hat, smiling, extending both middle fingers to the camera. He says it without words: “Fuck off. We won.”

What a statement worth unpacking, now that “Elites” are beginning to unravel and reveal their true nature. The promises to re-examine their relationship with working-class white people are telling. Now that protests continue to rise in the wake of what THEY term a “rigged” election, it’s definitely time to take a look at the “Fuck off. We won” message and what it means for those who repeat it as a mantra.

In the aftermath of Election 2016, the Elites, from the media talking heads to those playing at the highest levels of the Oppression Olympics, went through the Kubler-Ross “Stages of Grief.” It’s understandable. The loss handed them by America’s new White Working Class vote (dubbed WWC, “a pro wrestling model” in smugness by one writer) stripped the power away from those who would put genderless bathrooms and dub a green cartoon frog a symbol of hate. Those with the power lost everything, and couldn’t accept it when the final results came in. Even those who weren’t entrenched in elite structures kept pressing with smug superiority about “Faux News” and asking the President-elect’s support base if they’d accept the results, along with the President-elect, when he lost.

Then the “unthinkable” happened, and they lost everything because of their political correctness and identity politics. The “If you disagree with me on (x), unfriend me” approach didn’t work. It built an angry silent majority that wanted to have those “honest discussions” the Elites kept shutting down every time someone reached out to have them. Their ways didn’t work, and it cost them the Executive, Legislative, and arguably the Judicial branches of our government.

Within twenty-four hours of the American public’s identity politics repudiation, those who clung tightly to labels of “marginalized,” “oppressed,” and “disaffected” took to the streets and began protesting the election’s results. It didn’t matter the nation’s Commander in Chief or their chosen, “deeply flawed” candidate called for a smooth transition of power. It was time for the anger stage of grieving to begin, and it’s where we currently sit.

(Denial already passed election night and during the hours after. If you doubt this, watch this video of Chris Matthews praying to the Deity of his choosing in the early hours of November 9.)

Now anger is the word of the day. Protests, some organized by people who didn’t vote, fill the streets. The media elites are those supporting this anger, and no one thinks for a second this even close to strange. Media figureheads with major fan bases like George Takei and Joss Whedon called for open revolt in the streets. Those who would call upon our nation’s 45th President with the term “friend” would tell him they’re watching, and that he must stand for all Americans or else more protests would continue.

Even in his first televised sit-down interview, the President-elect was asked to condemn HIS supporters who committed acts of violence against the “oppressed.” He did. It was a nice gesture, and one I don’t know if I could replicate given the circumstances he faced.

One continued stance seems to seep through current discourse like water leaking through cracked pipes. Conservatives who supported Trump, or those who accept his Presidency, must reach across the aisles and comfort those brainwashed masses who think America just elected its first dictator. The folks who prance about Medium say it’s the conservative duty to demand our President-elect “disavow” hate groups who support him. Even those who reach a more nuanced worldview say it’s time to help the progressives #WithHer “de-Hitlerize” their brains by letting them know the world’s going to be okay.

Then there’s the voice of the people. I didn’t understand Mike Cernovich’s view that it was on the Democratic establishment to reach across the aisle and offer a chance at healing until Rush Limbaugh, of all people, put it into perspective for me. As he ranted last week, during every major change in power, whether conservative or liberal, the onus is always on conservatives to “heal” divides and put a band-aid on the nation’s wounds when a divide exists. It happened with George W. It happened with Obama. And now it’s happening with President-elect Trump.

As anger flows on the left, and they revel in it, maybe Pax Dickinson and Chuck Johnson were right. “Fuck off, we won” might be the mantra conservatives need to adopt.

If the progressive elites and their huddled masses in fear won’t accept the results of a free and fair election? Fuck off, we won. If those who had the power took it too far and decided naming and blaming was the best course instead of figuring out where the hell they screwed the pooch and fixing it? Fuck off, we won. Those who “can’t even” and are “literally shaking” after levers are pulled and ballots counted? Fuck off, we won.

Humility and grace are wonderful traits in any human being. When the same people are demanded to display those traits, regardless of the circumstance, maybe it’s time to consider a different approach. After all, if those who had the power can’t bother to display the same when it’s their time, then maybe it’s time for a different approach.

Maybe “Fuck off, we won” is the appropriate response to the Elites.