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Oberlin: Where you pay $63,000 a year to feel oppressed by the “cissexist heteropatriarchy”

May 26, 2016

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Oberlin student protesters: They want $8.20 an hour for doing this

New Yorker staff writer Nathan Heller reports on the scene at the $63,000-a-year liberal-arts college in Ohio:

The flourishing life of the mind:

“‘Because I’m dealing with having been arrested on campus, or having to deal with the things that my family are going through because of larger systems—having to deal with all of that, I can’t produce the work that they want me to do. But I understand the material, and I can give it to you in different ways. There’s professors who have openly been, like, “Yeah, instead of, you know, writing out this midterm, come in to my office hours, and you can just speak it,”right? But that’s not institutionalized. I have to find that professor.’”


The effort to expose young people to the great classics of Western civilization:

“[A] student wanted trigger warnings on ‘Antigone.’”


The celebration of the Oberlin’s progressive and inclusive atmosphere as one of the first elite colleges in America to admit blacks and women:

“In mid-December, a group of black students wrote a fourteen-page letter to the school’s board and president outlining fifty nonnegotiable demands for changes in Oberlin’s admissions and personnel policies, academic offerings, and the like. ‘You include Black and other students of color in the institution and mark them with the words “equity, inclusion and diversity,”‘ it said, ‘when in fact this institution functions on the premises of imperialism, white supremacy, capitalism, ableism, and a cissexist heteropatriarchy.’…

“There were negative responses to the fifty demands (which included a request for an $8.20-an-hour activism wage….”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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One Comment
  1. Lastango permalink

    I’m pleased to see they’re laying down on the road… for one brief moment, they know what to do with themselves.

    IMO, for the likes of Oberlin and its exotic tuition+toxic education, the bell is tolling. Consider a highly-paid NFL who drops footballs. After a while, the coaches figure out they can easily replace him with a receiver who drops footballs for a lot less money.

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