University of Chicago Professor Questions whether Palin is a Woman

As someone who has been around academics, this is not particularly surprising.

Her greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman. The Republican party's cynical calculation that because she has a womb and makes lots and lots of babies (and drives them to school! wow!) she speaks for the women of America, and will capture their hearts and their votes, has driven thousands of real women to take to their computers in outrage. She does not speak for women; she has no sympathy for the problems of other women, particularly working class women.

Doesn't speak well for the state of sex education in Illinois, does it?

The thing to understand is that academia doesn't really value diversity per se. Groups that are perceived to be fairly liberal are viewed as underrepresented and helped to gain admittance, but once an individual in these groups is identified as a conservative they are no longer allowed to count as a black or Hispanic or a whatever other underrepresented group that they were being used to proxy for.

UPDATE: A friend of mine, Robert Hansen, reports that the local newspaper for Hanover, NH contains a similar story. The first line says: "Sarah Palin is No Woman."

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Blogger piperfromtn said...

I'm sure that many of your readers have seen 'women' on the University campus that could more easily mistaken for a man than Palin.

You are so right on the underrepresented group thing:

I'm a conservative teacher. Despite any accomplishments I have had or will have, it's all for naught with the elites in public schools.

9/16/2008 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a joke. This "woman" does indeed have some sort of mental disorder. I am damn glad my son chose to work and not be brainwashed by theses "intellectuals" in our universities.

9/16/2008 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could not agree with this post more. As a Hispanic and conservative, I've felt the utter contempt from liberals. I'm writing not to complaint of this treatment. I just find it interesting that those who claim to embrace 'diversity' in reality use it for one purpose: promote socialism. If the 'minority' is a conservative, forget the minority status. If the minority is of Asian origin or Jewish, also forget it--they do well enough on their own. Women--who aren't a minority but in general earn less for several reasons--are also viewed as 'disadvantaged', but if you are a conservative woman, liberals will hate you like there is no tomorrow. I honestly wonder sometimes whether KKK members could hate me more than some liberals I've met do. This is the sort of thing you find in Cuba, which brags about low analphabetism, but if a Cuban wants to read The Constitution of Liberty he or she may spend ten years in prison. Meanwhile, have you seen liberals defend school vouchers to trully give inner-city minorities a shot at a better future? Of course not. Because government and unions control public schools. Thus, no matter how bad those schools are, no matter how much they hurt generations of minority students, they will remain unchanged. 'Diversity' is a fa├žade to promote socialism.

9/16/2008 9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Just taking up a point Plubius made.

How poor does a left wing lecturer's performance have to be before they can be sacked?

or must the college authorities wait for him/her/it to "bugger the Bursar" before they can discipline them?

9/16/2008 11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who are you as a man to tell me as a woman who speaks for me? Try again. With men not being labeled for LIFE as a father in thier medical records and the Republican Party of anti-abortionists like Palin not fighting for this as hard as they fight against abortion, Palin in no way speaks for me. She speaks for men who want to control a woman's body, and have her labeled even if she gives the baby up for life as a mother. While dad can walk out and keep his secret for life.
Palin's announcement of her daughters pregnancy and her "pride in her daughter's decision or choice" is something I can respect. However her wanting to deny my daughters that same choice is simply not a represntation of someone who speaks for me. How great that her daughter got the opportunity to make a choice for herself. My daughter and myself have that same RIGHT. If not her daughter should be forced to have an abortion if mine would be forced to have a baby.

9/16/2008 11:43 PM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Dear Anonymous:

This statement of yours is very weird. Please show me anywhere where I said that Palin spoke for you simply because she is a woman. What the problem was is the statement that: "her pretense that she is a woman." Do you agree with this academic's statement that Palin is not a woman?

9/17/2008 12:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

reminds me of Ralph Peters's writing that within the chest of the liberal arts department chair beats the heart of a commissar.

9/17/2008 3:30 PM  

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