Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.
The focus this time: Shut up you potential rapist!!1!
First, a little mood music:
The standard trope amongst Leftists is that males are “privileged” and females “oppressed”. This trope has no basis in reality:
“It’s become a fact of American life that girls are better than boys at school. They get better grades. They’re suspended less. For every generation since the boomers, women have been more likely than men to earn high school and college diplomas.
“In fact, girls are pretty much the only reason the high school graduation rate went up in past 40 years, according to calculations by Harvard economist Richard Murnane. The male high school graduation rate has been stuck at 81 percent since the 1970s, while the female graduation rose from 81 percent to 87 percent.
“Women have been so persistently superior it is perhaps time for a new stereotype about the sexes — girls as bookish mavens like Lisa Simpson; boys as goof-offs like Bart.
“There are many theories for this widening academic achievement gap, but first, here’s another observation that might shed some light: The differences between boys and girls are largest among the most disadvantaged children. Socioeconomic status does not entirely explain the gender gap. Even well-off boys struggle to compare to well-off girls. But a tough upbringing sets boys back much farther.”
Unsurprisingly, the gap seems to be due to boys being screwed over at a young age.
“Because of their tendency to act out, boys may be in particular need of parental guidance — but because poor families also tend to be single-parent families, mom or dad time is a scarce resource. A 2015 study from economists Marianne Bertrand and Jessica Pan showed that boys are particularly at risk when they grow up in single-mother households. When boys don’t get enough parental attention, they misbehave. Girls, in contrast, are less likely to misbehave regardless of how much time parents spend with them.”
Of course, just as boys have “privilege”, it is assumed that their failing have to do with innate proclivity towards violence.
“A few months ago, it was a book claiming that boys were budding little rapists. Now it is a domestic violence awareness video. I find the video even more jarring, more offensive than the book. The voiceover—a little girl in utero—declares that abuse is ‘just something boys do’ as the video shows a series of earnest-looking young boys, about 6-12 years old.”
This insanity is happening at a younger and younger age…
“A month before the Yale Halloween meltdown, I had a bizarre and illuminating experience at an elite private high school on the West Coast. I’ll call it Centerville High. I gave a version of a talk
” The entire student body — around 450 students, from grades 9-12 — was in the auditorium. There was plenty of laughter at all the right spots, and a lot of applause at the end, so I thought the talk was well received.
“But then the discussion began, and it was the most unremittingly hostile questioning I’ve ever had. I don’t mind when people ask hard or critical questions, but I was surprised that I had misread the audience so thoroughly. My talk had little to do with gender, but the second question was ‘So you think rape is OK?’
“Like most of the questions, it was backed up by a sea of finger snaps — the sort you can hear in the infamous Yale video, where a student screams at Prof. Christakis to ‘be quiet’ and tells him that he is ‘disgusting.’ I had never heard the snapping before. When it happens in a large auditorium it is disconcerting. It makes you feel that you are facing an angry and unified mob — a feeling I have never had in 25 years of teaching and public speaking.”
It just goes downhill from there, with the revelation that even in High School, doubleplusungood thinking is effectively punished by the mob.