One thing that I have noticed in reading the endless stream of articles by woke college students congratulating themselves on how brave they are for broadcasting their sexual preferences to all and sundry is how inattentive to what is actually slightly newsworthy in such items the editors of these papers are.
Here is one example. In a June 29, 2021 op-ed in The Harvard Crimson entitled, “Why I Won’t Shut Up About Being Queer,” the author writes of how giddy-making she found it to be out (to an obnoxious extent) about her sexual preferences and the joy she finds in people telling her how courageous her obsessive focus on such things is:
People looked me in the eyes and accepted me.
They did more than silently accept me — they were bold in their allyship and solidarity. My Computer Science professor called my (now ex-) girlfriend my “hot French girlfriend.”
Hmm. Given that American society just a few years ago was turned upside down by the Me Too Movement and that Harvard, like so many universities these days, has instituted an elaborate system of rules and regulations governing sexual misconduct, it seems a little odd that it did not seem to occur to either the writer, her editors, her readers, the Computer Science Department or the Harvard sexual misconduct bureaucrats that this professor was pretty clearly engaging in this sort of thing:
Lewd or sexually suggestive comments, jokes, innuendoes, or gestures
which, according to Harvard’s own policies is a no-no—at least it was until August 14, 2020. Maybe things have loosened up since then.
But, hey—the professor was being bold and an ally to his or her outspokenly queer student. A professor referring lasciviously to a student in a conversation with another student might strike you as quite inappropriate, exceedingly unprofessional and creepy. If so, you are obviously unhip and not at all woke.
Maybe this professor did not want any trouble from the writer of this op-ed, who clearly is not exactly someone you would want to cross. She writes humorlessly of those who (unlike this ally of a professor who seems to think that commenting on the hotness of female students is well within the scope of duties in the field of computer science) are not wild about discussing her homosexuality continually:
…homophobic people who don’t like to be called homophobic love to say, “I don’t find anything wrong with queer people! I just don’t like how they have to shove their sexuality and gender in my face all the time.”
How dare you.
She must be such fun to be around.
I just wonder how the hot French girlfriend came up with the professor. Did the student say, “Hey, prof! Wanna see a picture of the lady in my life?” Or did the professor slime his way into the writer’s vicinity and volunteer his comment?
And why on earth did the rather incurious editorial staff not follow up by looking into the matter of sexist comments? The writer chirps:
Queer people blossom into their identities when they are put in caring, accepting environments.
Funny, I never thought that it was “caring” and “accepting” to refer to women as “hot.” But then I am not at Harvard.
I guess that as long as this member of a sexual minority is content, then all the feminist folderol about sexual harassment goes out the window and that if the self-proclaimed queer students think something is supportive it’s grand.
And for all we know, this professor is him or herself also queer and so it was all in the family. Kind of makes you wonder what sort of queer hothouse the computer science course was for heterosexual (and, presumably, un-hot) students . It is just possible that some of them were interested in, oh let’s say, computer science and not the sexual liasons of their queer classmates (like the one who says proudly she does not like shutting up).
What does it say about the campus climate of Harvard University that its student newspaper staffers don’t bat an eye at publishing an op-ed piece that suggests that it is standard operating procedure for faculty members to label students as hot? Time to tear up those sexual misconduct policy manuals.