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A Satirical View of Those Who Are Deadly Serious,
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In FEMINISTS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS, Mike Adams, a tenured professor of criminology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, takes a satirical poke at feminists, a collective that he sees as totally lacking in even an iota of humor. And that, Adams urges, is precisely the point. Feminists are seen as locked into a bear hugging mindest that has little to do with equal pay for equal work and everything to do with issues that are the sole preserve of the liberal left. His book is a collection of articles that he had published for the campus newspaper and their brevity cuts both ways. On the plus side, Adams can draw an indelible portrait of a campus feminist who can literally not see one micrometer beyond the range of her limited logic. On the down side, such brevity appeals more to those who delight in such Swiftian jabs but less to those who prefer more sobering and detailed examination of an issue that simply cries out for extensive analysis.
It is hard for many readers to accept that a long time ago, Adams himself was once part of the very tribe that he now punctures with his dry wit. When he was originally hired as a non-tenured professor, he was both a leftist and an atheist. As the years passed, he changed incrementally, but until he was granted tenure, he dared not speak out. But now he dares, and in books like this one, he sees feminists as the antithesis of what higher education should be. The problem with devoted feminists is not that they are sometimes wrong or even perpetually wrong, but their wrongness lies in their willingness and eagerness to go on the attack even against all logic or fairness. Adams fills his book with dozens of first hand experiences with feminist colleagues who do not shrink from the most baseless accusations against him merely out of pique. Part of the attraction of FSDT lies in his even handed replies. He emails his response to the accuser, asking her for further clarification of her charges, all the while assuring her that both the original charge and the clarification will be included in future chapters of his next book. It is no surprise, then, that he rarely now receives any follow up. But we who read his books do not need them. His point that feminist scholarship is an oxymoron is well taken, especially after more than a few feminists asked him an oxy-what?
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Initial post: Nov 23, 2011 5:40:05 AM PST
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2012 6:00:48 AM PDT
You say he's a "man who lived the life he thought he needed to, to get tenure and then switched to his real self after tenure ". I suspect that's true to some extent, and that says a lot about Higher Education in this country.
May I ask, do you see anything wrong with that?
Does it seem wrong at all to you, that a Teacher of any subject should be forced to live a lie, in order to get tenure, because of what they believe outside the classroom? Shouldn't their in class behavior, and student test results be the best guide to who gets tenured?
Colleges seem to go out of their way to hire Radicals - even criminals to teach our children, yet if one believes in a Christian God, or believes the Constitution grants us the right to bear arms, or that people should tell the truth, or suffer the consequences, THAT is completely unacceptable, and no child should be exposed to that kind of radical thought. Really? Why?
Imagine if the criteria were different, and anyone who believed there was no God, or that political correctness was a good thing, could be denied tenure, based solely on those beliefs. If they had to hide those beliefs, even in private life, just to keep their jobs. Would you think that was OK?
All these questions can be answered simply, by just asking yourself, if you would like this concept applied to you. Teaching math has nothing to do with political correctness, and/or politics at all. As long as you can teach that 2+2=4, and the students grasp the concepts, it shouldn't matter if you like the teacher's politics in his private life.
In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2013 7:59:13 PM PDT
T. J. Fortunato says:
in other words, you didnt read the book. he got tenure the old fashioned way, by performing well in the clasroom and by writing peer reviewed journal articles about criminology. he was awarded numerous times while a liberal atheist butas soon as his views changed all those rave reviews dissappeared (except for the student reviews) this is what Dr. adams endures to this day. collegues unable or unwilling to see their own dicrimination despite their outspoken views to not discriminate. it is this double standard that adams makes light of.
In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2013 1:11:27 PM PDT
Martin Asiner says:
But I did read his book as well as his other one. I do not doubt that he earned his tenure the traditional way, but I can certainly understand why he kept his real feelings under wraps even as they morphed rightward. Many job holders do likewise; just look at Hollywood.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2013 2:35:45 AM PDT
T. J. Fortunato says:
sorry martin, i was talking about R webb. your review was very good!
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