LSE Gender Studies department comes unstuck again
secular111 · 10/11/2021 13:24
WIth its recent history of promoting incel behaviour, and I'm aware, with an independent team of students from other Faculties and LSE alumni monitoring its activities, you would have thought that its head, Dr. Wendy Sigle would be trying to encourage an effort to avoid misogynist activities.
And yet it has managed it yet again, and has come well unstuck.
One of its white male staff, Dr. Jacob Breslow, an Assistant Professor of 'Sexuality and Gender' under Dr. Sigle penned Worthy of Respect a rather poor interpretation of the Maya Forstater Employment Appeal Tribunal finding.
Not being a lawyer, he could perhaps have been forgiven in not being able to fully comprehend the judgement. But he made his bias clear-and-visible with his footnote entry at the bottom of his posting;
[ii] While Forstater’s specific views under discussion in the EAT were not judged to be akin to Nazism, journalists and critical scholars within Gender Studies have been working to demonstrate the links between anti-trans, anti-gender, and ‘gender critical’ activisms and the far-right.
Of course invoking Godwin's Law might seem a little cack-handed, linking to an intensely racist journal article journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0038026120934713 and a Vox article that tried to brand UK GC's as influenced by the far-right, but quoted Joss Prior - perhaps weren't good examples to link-to. In addition he linked to an anti-liberal article Stated disavowal of their own bias doesn’t account for how liberals rhetorically shelter political violence and a Judith Butler article in The Guardian. Predictably there was no effort to explain how (mostly) leftist and left-leaning women have apparently now become part of global far-right conspiracy. Ho hum.
So Ok, pretty much normal nutty academic stuff. Except Maya herself decided to answer in the comments. Dr. Breslow replied and Maya responded again, including a specific breakdown of his use of the Nazi slur;
On the basis of your “not quite nazism” misunderstanding you argue (against Choudhury J) for some people to have impunity to harass and discriminate some others. “It's not bullying, it is a fight for dignity and justice! “
I would encourage you to ask your HR department for advice about this.
The article by Dr. Jacob Breslow provides a fascinating insight into the institutionalised misogyny at the heart of LSE's Gender Studies department, and its continuing, somewhat hopeless, efforts to try to associate the GC movement with the far-right.
Archived at blogs.lse.ac.uk/gender/2021/11/03/worthy-of-respect/
secular111 · 10/11/2021 18:39
That's a reasonable view.
Yet the transgender movement is geared, almost exclusively, to the promotion of middle-class white males.
Even the 'Black-Trans Lives Matter' sub-movement, whether intentionally-or-not, muted and diminished the Black Lives Movement, particularly in the US. It hasn't escaped many peoples notice that the BLM movement has lost momentum in recent months, whilst the TRA's continue to grab the mic at every opportunity, and insist that they are absolutely the oppressed minority that should be addressed before all others. And the most strident TRA's, the ones associated with the hundred-of-thousands of death and rape threats? That'll be, in the vast majority, white males, again.
The 'hierarchy' of oppression, which is the core basis of identity politics and what some call 'progressiveness' normally represents Black people at the top, as the most oppressed (and with a history to justify it) and heterosexual white men at-the-bottom, though some would opinion that Jews have been relegated to bottom position, not because they are the least-oppressed, but rather through the application of anti-semitism.
Yet, self-ID as a woman and the white, middle-class heterosexual male can elevate themselves high, higher, higher still, above even the Transwoman-of-colour, to the lofty heights of being able to claim to be the most oppressed of all, above all other considerations and claims.
Witness the support that Jessica Yaniv received from progressive media outlets (including getting Meghan Murphy banned from Twitter) in their enthusiasm for Yaniv's deliberate and well-documented abuse of women-of-colour and numerous transcribed racist remarks, including those at a Human Rights Tribunal. Yet Yaniv managed to be elevated to the summit despite being of a religion that would normally prevent him from any elevation in the hierarchy.
That 'teleport' capability; for a white male to reach the summit of oppressiveness, is a key feature of the transgender movement. It is perhaps the ultimate expression of 'whiteness', though academics who study 'whiteness' do all they can to avoid recognising this awkward colonising capability.
So I reckon when a white male tries (and fails miserably) to critique the GC movement, which basically challenges that 'teleport facility' for white males, I reckon it's worthwhile noting it.
thinkingaboutLangCleg · 14/11/2021 18:41
Witness the support that Jessica Yaniv received from progressive media outlets (including getting Meghan Murphy banned from Twitter) in their enthusiasm for Yaniv's deliberate and well-documented abuse of women-of-colour and numerous transcribed racist remarks
when a white male tries (and fails miserably) to critique the GC movement, which basically challenges that 'teleport facility' for white males, I reckon it's worthwhile noting it.
Two very good points.
The liberal/left’s slavish support for gender ideology, no matter how racist or misogynist, makes my head explode. Or would if I hadn’t given up believing that these people are even remotely left-wing.
FunnyTalks · 03/10/2022 18:00
Bumping this to share an interesting tweet on this dude
Appears to be either a past or current Mermaids trustee. Has some views on paedophilia that people might find interesting.
Boomboom22 · 03/10/2022 19:36
Thing is this is not new. When states go extremely left it is always linked to queering if boundaries. In the 80s Germany tried to be liberated and one area literally sexually abused children with the ideological concepts that sex is natural and so adults fondling children is natural too. Everything I've read seems to show it was not paedophile behaviour but normal staff, which is why we need to stop the postmodern ideology before it goes too far again.
Blm is a socialist movement that wants to abolish the police and the nuclear family in order to get rid of systemic racism. It is already extreme before tra's started on tblm.
Boomboom22 · 03/10/2022 19:38
This was in pre schools by the way. And it's not the only example, usually a county adopts these policies and it all comes out as those not ideologically captured start questioning it. Which I so hope is where we are now!
But Ireland, USA, Canada... not sure if we will escape.
MangyInseam · 09/10/2022 22:39
It hasn't escaped many peoples notice that the BLM movement has lost momentum in recent months,
Well aside from some serious challenges to the factual nature of their narrative on violence, they have had some rather bad press about donations being used to buy a fancy house for one of their founders.
It's difficult to make that look good.
secular111 · 10/10/2022 10:27
The LSE Department of Gender Studies Twitter feed isn't having much fun
The Department Head is Professor Wendy Sigle
At-the-moment it is struggling to escape its association with incel and paedophilia movements, and is being horribly exposed on Twitter, such as here,
here and even the main LSE Twitter account is getting roasted
LSE's alumni are likely having a tough time, thanks to the LSE's policy of associating itself with paedophilia at every opportunity. A typical response being expressed in the screenshot. There are few Tweets where the LSE isn't escaping that association and this year, and likely next, at least, a degree from LSE is going to be completely useless, as the recipient will be subject to constant suggestions that they are a pedo/pedo-apologist, even if they attended any other faculty other than the LSE Gender one.
I don't know how much more LSE can take of this before it has to consider rebadging the university with another name.
The LSE Gender departments blog last 'featured' a posting from Jacob Breslow which, included using the word 'Nazism' five times and finished with;
'While Forstater’s specific views under discussion in the EAT were not judged to be akin to Nazism, journalists and critical scholars within Gender Studies have been working to demonstrate the links between anti-trans, anti-gender, and ‘gender critical’ activisms and the far-right.'
The posting prompted two replies from Maya Forstater, who highlighted Dr. Breslow's obsession with using the 'not-quite-Nazism' slur;
'I agree that treating others with care, respect, and dignity is a good rule to live by. Had I mistakenly said that a High Court judge had characterised someone’s views as “not-quite-Nazism” I would be apologising for this grave slur. Being called not-quite-a Nazi is really quite offensive and distressing to me. You are not treating me with care, respect or dignity Jacob.
Would you welcome and publish a post from a gender critical perspective?'
Unfortunately it appears that Dr. Wendy Sigle absolutely doesn't want to have gender critical perspectives pollute her faculty's blog.
Professor Breslow is of course one of the LSE staff, and due to the recent problems he has caused for the LSE, is on 'sabbatical leave' until January next year.
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