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A College President Stands Up for Academic Freedom

What happens when university students call on authority figures to censor students or staff at institutions of higher education? At Yale such students have been awarded prizes, at the University of Missouri they’ve been successful in forcing administrators to resign, at Claremont they were able to force their president to implement a long list of demands, and at Evergreen State College a throng of students were allowed to take control of the campus while harassed faculty sought refuge off-campus. At other colleges around America, and even on campuses in the U.K., Canada and Australia, university administrators have met illiberal student mobs with a parade of mealy-mouthed platitudes and prostrations. This pattern of weakness has been dismaying for all people who value academic freedom and open inquiry. This week, however, a line has been drawn by David Yager, President of Philadelphia’s University of Arts (UArts). In response to students calling for the censorship of Camille Paglia—one of the most admired humanities scholars in the world—he articulated a full-throated defence of intellectual freedom, showing administrators of supposedly superior universities what real leadership looks like.

To understand what happened, one has to go back in time to 2016, the year when Camille Paglia recorded an interview with Ella Whelan of the British magazine Spiked. In this interview, Paglia criticised the transgender and feminist activist movements in her usual colourful and provocative style. She queried whether every single case of transgenderism was genuine, and drew attention to the victimhood that mainstream feminism is preoccupied with. While controversial, Paglia’s comments reflected viewpoints shared by many people. Part of her popularity comes from saying what no-one else has the courage to say.

Yet it was only last week, after UArts student Joseph McAndrew—who identifies as “non-binary” and who stipulates their personal pronouns as they/their/them—began making posts on Facebook and Instagram, that a complaint against Paglia was made:

After McAndrew made their social media posts, a petition was created and a protest was organised during one of Paglia’s lectures on Nefertiti and Egyptian design, with a fire alarm being set off. The petition demanded that UArts sack Paglia, who has been a tenured faculty member since 1984, and replace her with a “queer person of colour.” The text of the petition reads as follows:

In recent interviews she has blatantly mocked survivors of sexual assault and the #MeToo movement, and in classes and interviews has mocked and degraded transgender individuals. She believes that most transgender people are merely participating in a fashion trend (“I question whether the transgender choice is genuine in every single case”), and that universities should not consider any sexual assault cases reported more than six months after the incident, because she thinks those cases just consist of women who regret having sex and falsely see themselves as victims.

This particular protest and petition fits the pattern of most recent calls for censorship in that the students appear to have little familiarity with Paglia’s work, if any.

While her work is hard to simplify and compress into a few neat sentences, anyone with a passing familiarity with Paglia’s career would know that transgressive ideas around sexual and gender expression is one of the central themes of her work. The notion that she “oppresses” transgender people is as ill-informed as it is illiterate.

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Paglia’s career as an academic and public intellectual has coincided with the hollowing out of humanities departments by ideologues and activists intent on undermining the very principles that such departments were created to uphold. While English Studies lecturers joined the flock of Foucault worshippers in the ’80s and ’90s, Paglia maintained an interest in close-reading and the teaching of the Western Canon. An atheist who respects religion, an equal-opportunity feminist who admires men, and a libertarian progressive who understands the value of tradition, she is ready to smash orthodoxies while at the same time preserve the principles that underpin a liberal arts education.

Her fame has fluctuated with the political correctness of America’s cultural atmosphere. In the early ’90s, she became a celebrity as she pushed back against the stifling conventions of bourgeois feminists, and in recent years she has been increasingly sought out again as authoritarian, illiberal students, academics and administrators have stifled dissent on campuses and within academic and artistic communities. In an interview with Quillette last year, Paglia commented on the sad state of humanities departments:

I suspect history will not be kind to the leading professors who appear to have put loyalty to friends and colleagues above defending scholarly values during a chaotic era of overt vandalism that has deprived several generations of students of a profound education in the humanities. The steady decline in humanities majors is an unmistakable signal that this once noble field has become a wasteland.

Readers of Quillette will be familiar with the wasteland that Paglia describes. Academic fads like critical theory and intersectionality have transformed liberal arts schools into sclerotic indoctrination factories, where graduates have little appreciation of history or art, but instead chant robotic slogans in monotone voices:


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On a podcast with Joe Rogan last year, the social psychologist Jonathan Haidt gave an intriguing explanation of the underlying logic that motivates such protests, likening them to a status game for the student-activists. You can’t understand these protests unless you think about the social milieu that these students exist in, and the incentives that reinforce their behaviour. After every social media post calling for someone to be censored or deplatformed, for ostensibly humanitarian or compassionate reasons, an activist will receive “likes” and attract more followers. A quick perusal of the social media posts of Joseph McAndrew, Camille Paglia’s self-appointed Torquemada, is a case in point:

The problem with status games is that they often turn toxic. They can be dangerous to the individuals who engage in them—whether it’s drinking games, drag races or boxing matches—and also toxic to outsiders. In his podcast with Rogan, Haidt likened this type of activism to the head-hunting rituals of teenagers in Melanesia or Papua New Guinea.

Status games notwithstanding, UArts president, David Yager, sharply rebuked this attempt at censorship in an email sent out to staff and students. It read:

Unfortunately, as a society we are living at a time of sharp divisions—of opinions, perspectives and beliefs—and that has led to decreased civility, increased anger and a “new normal” of offence given and taken. Across our nation it is all too common that opinions expressed that differ from another’s—especially those that are controversial—can spark passion and even outrage, often resulting in calls to suppress that speech.

That simply cannot be allowed to happen. I firmly believe that limiting the range of voices in society erodes our democracy. Universities, moreover, are at the heart of the revolutionary notion of free expression: promoting the free exchange of their ideas is part of the core reason for their existence. That open interchange of opinions and beliefs includes all members of the UArts community: faculty, students and staff, in and out of the classroom. We are dedicated to fostering a climate which is conducive to respectful intellectual debate that empowers and equips our students to meet the challenges they will face in their futures.

I believe this resolve holds even greater importance at an arts school. Artists over the centuries have suffered censorship and even persecution, for the expression of their beliefs through their work. My answer is simple: not now, not at UArts.

At Quillette we hope David Yager’s moral leadership becomes a turning point in the defence of free thought. We raise our glasses to him and to Philadelphia’s University of the Arts.

Claire Lehmann is the Editor-in-Chief of Quillette. Follow her on Twitter @clairlemon

Feature image: Photo by Mario Ruiz for People magazine’s profile of Camille Paglia published on April 20, 1992: “Controversy: Street Fighting Woman. Academic brawler Camille Paglia takes on the campus establishment“.


  1. Erica from the West Village says

    That sound you hear is my clapping for intellectual and academic freedom at work in Philadelphia.

    This Quillette and Heterodox movement is really happening and it’s not unduly influenced by the dopamine of likes on FB or followers on Twitter.

    I’m a conservative and believe that I can sit with any liberal and have an intellectual discussion about the pro’s and con’s of both my position on any given issue as well as theirs.

    What ultimately happens with those discussions is a much healthier understanding and respect for the fact that no matter what you believe, 50% of the nation is going to disagree with you.

    You’re better off learning this on a college campus. Truth’s do need Safe Spaces, but not from speech any student disagrees with.

    Safe from cell phones with video cameras. Safe from YouTube and Facebook and Snapchat and Instagram and most of all…safe from Twitter.

    Perhaps Device Free Wednesdays can be introduced..where students are not allowed to use mobile devices once they step foot into a college building.

    It would be a start…to having a conversation with one another.

    • David of Kirkland says

      They may not want to converse with you.

      “what real leadership looks like”
      Ah, a statement made only when you agree, as those who hold contrary ideas think those who shout down the oppressors are the real leaders.

      • Defenstrator says

        Since the leadership shown is about not letting people be shouted down it appears you have missed the point. Don’t worry, if you stick around the concept of exploring ideas and freely discussing them, of being intellectual rather than opposing the rather than dogmatic, will eventually get through to you.

    • Sorry kid, im not calling you “they”. Grow up. says

      Excellent points. As a left leaning centrist who is very thankful to have attended college without vapid, borderline socially destructive mediums like FB or Twitter looming over myself and my peers. Was tough enough even in the mid 90s to have real debate without the shaming hyper-liberal TA mucking things up.

      The sad thing about this article is that it’s a small arts college president and not a dozen presidents from our leading institutions writing that letter. A lot of these kids including the trans kid noted here, are entitled babies. They literally think that not being upset or offended is a right.

      It is not a right; it is part of life. Learn from it and grow up like the rest of us did.

    • Jonathan Ellman says

      Yes, but please don’t make every sentence a paragraph.

  2. Jujucat says

    David Yager’s email made me a tad verkelmpt, it’s such a rarity anymore.

    • markbul says

      What a remarkable sentence – I think I’ll copy it just to look at occasionally. Kind of like a Dali soft watch.

  3. codadmin says

    Pagila believes transgenderism is a sign of civilisational collapse. An interesting idea, but she doesn’t go into that much detail.

  4. E. Olson says

    A good start, but also a relatively easy call since Paglia is a “big name” on campus, tenured, and a homosexual atheist woman whose “sin” pertained to a non-campus interview from several years ago. I will begin to believe that true progress is being made if I see the same spine when Leftist mobs converge on a faculty member who is a non-big name, non-tenured white Christian heterosexual male who says something “controversial” on campus that conflicts with post-modern Leftist convention, such as “build the wall” or “I voted for Trump” or “affirmative action is racist”.

    • Cedric says

      I appreciate your comment and initially had some similar thoughts. However, the fact that the response did not include any reference to Paglia’s academic CV, sex, sexuality, atheism, or any of her progressive values is encouraging. Instead of saying “how dare you question one of your own?” he addressed the real problem and did a great job shutting down the would-be censors.

    • Ray Andrews says

      @E. Olson

      “when Leftist mobs converge on a faculty member who is a non-big name, non-tenured white Christian heterosexual male who says something “controversial””

      I dare to presume that were our honorable sparing partner K to be so mobbed, you and I would both defend him.

        • Frances says

          And ‘our’ ABC still hasn’t mentioned it.

          • Simon Johnson says

            Nor has Fox News. What a ridiculous point.

        • Ray Andrews says

          @K. Dershem

          Glad to hear it Professor. As for me I have repented of a former view I had that tenure was not a good idea. I now see how essential it is.

      • E. Olson says

        Ray – No need to dare – I fully support the free speech rights of people who say things I find disagreeable – in other words what “Liberals” used to believe.

        • Ray Andrews says

          @E. Olson

          Yup. Any disagreements you, K and myself may have are within the pale. Our collective enemy are the fanatics and lunatics of all persuasions. As a centrist, I’m happy to say that I’m as terrified by AOC as I am by DJT. Tho, to be fair, I’d like to see the latter in orange coveralls and the former back serving coffee. Someone save us.

          • Sorcerer says

            Funny you should mention them. Have found them almost identical twins, operating on the same emotional level, with the same ability at being truthful.

      • Chad Chen says

        No mention here of the long list of Marxist or suspected Marxist faculty who were denied tenure, or driven from tenured positions in the academy, between 1930 and 1980. For shame!

        • Scott M says

          It’s a good point, though it lacks the nuance of the geopolitical situation at the time, including the many thousands of nukes involved. Perceived existential threats have a tendency to focus the mind 😉

        • David says

          Chad, would you make the same defense for Nazi or suspected Nazi faculty?

          • Scott M says

            And there’s the slope and the rub, right? Once you other your ideological opponents into Nazis, you’re free to remove whatever considerations from them that you want. I suppose the Nazis and the Soviets could be seen in the same light, insofar as existential threats go,

          • markbul says

            Dingdingding! You win the First Nazi Award today!

          • Jim Brock says

            We should all work within agreed parameters. Note, first, that placing government in charge of education is playing with fire, particularly if it is given a monopoly. Note, also, that the U S Constitution has been said to have been based on an assumption that the electorate would be and remain a moral (Christian?) backstop for the constraints it defined. Recall Franklin’s dictum “a Republic, if you can keep it.” We are straying far from that assumption. God help us.

    • Alan Gore says

      A good point, and which raises the question, “why don’t more college administrators defend the free speech and inquiry that used to be the heart of the university experience? Are they afraid of losing their radical students? If so, my reply would be, good riddance.

      Recently I had occasion to visit Harvard when I was in town for a conference. Because it was July, the campus was filled with groups of high school student prospects on tour. Overwhelmingly Asian, and the willing replacements who will step up for a great humanities education in place of the departing radicals.

  5. Gary Gavegan says

    Indeed, hopefully among a few other courageous efforts of this kind (isn’t it sad we have to use the term courageous to describe an intellectuals effort in pursuit of truth, a previous staple of University intellectual striving) we are in the incipient stages of an essential turning point.

    • K. Dershem says

      A small but growing number of colleges has adopted the University of Chicago’s free speech principles. Hopefully the example set by courageous administrators like Yager will encourage others to do the same.

      Duly alarmed over the rising intolerance sweeping across campuses nationwide, the University of Chicago released in 2015 its “Report on Free Expression,” which has come to be called the “The Chicago Statement.” In it, the University of Chicago gently but powerfully rebukes its free-speech-negligent peers, arguing that the school’s “fundamental commitment is to the principle that debate or deliberation may not be suppressed because the ideas put forth are thought by some or even by most members of the University community to be offensive, unwise, immoral, or wrong-headed.” It therefore forbids university members from “obstruct[ing] or otherwise interfer[ing]” with the freedom of others “to express views they reject or even loathe.” It concludes with a pledge to protect free debate and deliberation “when others attempt to restrict it.”

      • Ray Andrews says

        @K. Dershem

        It should be written on a rotating sign somehow attached just above Miss Liberty’s torch.

        • Ray Andrews says

          Ok, that would look really stupid. How about making it the 28th Amendment? Or … how about replacing all mandatory DIE manifestos for prospective hires with a mandatory recitation of the Chicago Statement from memory? Followed by a very lengthy essay, entirely original, in the candidate’s own cursive handwriting, explaining in depth why the candidate understands that her mission, before all else, must be to inculcate the values of free inquiry and free expression?

  6. Morgan Foster says

    I hope to see the same sort of courage from some female university presidents as well.

  7. Islamaphooey says

    All I can say is hear hear! The lack of spinal fortitude in college administrators is infuriating. But what is to be expected? The college campus has become an alternate reality. I saw an interesting clip on TV a few weeks ago. When college students were asked about separate graduation ceremonies for people of color, they were almost uniformly for it. When the reporter left the campus and asked people of all races the same question, they almost uniformly thought it was a stupid idea. It would be interesting to see the lives of some of these SJWs after they finally leave the bubble of higher ed. Reality has a nasty habit of not bending to your will.

    • Morgan Foster says


      “It would be interesting to see the lives of some of these SJWs after they finally leave the bubble of higher ed.”

      Many of them will go into Human Resources.

      • bumble bee says

        @Morgan, that is a scary thought. HR has enough problems as they often follow the same protocol that college admins have been doing.

        • Chad Chen says

          It is now a(n) (unremarkable) fact that many HR staff consider it their responsibility to screen out candidates for employment who fail to show a high level of deference to women and feminist ideas.

      • Blue Lobster says

        Precisely, Morgan. See my sister as a prime example. Only she graduated 10 years ago. This moment and its associated movement have been simmering for quite some time. Only since the rise of BLM have they really begun to boil.

      • Rev. Wazoo! says

        @Morgan Foster This is very true and tragic. Whenever you hear “There are no jobs for gender studies majors” remember they’ve been creating their own career tracks in HR, admin etc , often mandated by allies in legislatures.

      • Michael says

        This is actually true. My wife works for a fairly big tech company in San Francisco and they ask all new hires what pronoun they prefer to go by. Among other silliness. It’s not just staying in the universities unfortunately.

      • Just Me says

        She has actually said so:

        “Although I describe myself as transgender (I was donning flamboyant male costumes from early childhood on), I am highly sceptical about the current transgender wave, which I think has been produced by far more complicated psychological and sociological factors than current gender discourse allows. “

    • jimhaz says

      She does have a brain that is more masculine than feminine – as do many trans folk (of both genders) and that is why they are so much more activist than the average female.

  8. bumble bee says

    It’s about time someone had the grapes to standup to these social terrorists. I hope more follow his lead.

    Perhaps what is needed as well is more voices need to be heard from those who have diverging views than these social bullies. It seems not only college admins, but businesses, groups and even politicians need to start realizing that these vocal einstatzgruppen are fixated on destruction, chaos, and the total take down of dissenters. They do not even represent 99% of the population and yet people time and again have caved to their demands.

  9. John Lammi PhD, psychologist says

    Clearly, these students claiming the need for safe spaces should leave the university and if they return, do so when they are psychologically healthier. Universities should not allow in kids with these disturbances; just ask in the admission process if they are too disturbed to listen to an other point of view.

    • Yes, excellent point. This is a disruptive mental illness. They are heavily defended individuals who have been propped up by quacks in our profession and activists intent on deconstructing society.

  10. art clough says

    Perhaps Mr. McAndrew has suffered a temporary or maybe long term mental dysfunction that led him to bring up Camilla from his past.

  11. Castorp says

    “if you have ever been verbally shut down by her, please private message me what she said so i can add your story onto my complaints.”

    What bunch of little would-be Soviet snitches.

      • Frances says

        Completely out of their weight division! Outclassed in every way.

    • Scott M says

      The problem here is that if you were talk to him personally and try to get him to study Soviet history, your intention might be to scare him “straight”, but all you’d likely do is give him ideas.

  12. Sasha says

    This process is all there in history if they taught the past 100 years . Socialist/communist Soviet Union is a text book history of what human beings do to each other when controlled by fanaticism. The komosol of schools and learning institutions under Lenin and Stalin controlled what was taught and who could teach and any deviation from fanatical beliefs were punished intitially by removal of “party” card and followed quickly by exile, imprisonment and execution.

    Read “Children of the Arbat” by Anatoly Rybakov to see how far humans will denigrate themselves when through fear and oppression the whole of society becomes immorally evil.

    • Chad Chen says

      Stop piling on to the “Soviet Union”. There are plenty of examples of blacklisting and enforcement of ideological conformity in North America and western Europe.

      • Sasha says


        Show the 20 million dead, show the death camps in North America.

        Blacklisting…are you serious using that as a comparison!

        Read some history written by people who lived it instead of doctored humanities and postering philosophies.. Take a trip to Eastern Europe and meet people who are still living it.

        All too hard I guess.

  13. Phil says

    Bravo Davie Yager! We need more brave men like you. You are defending the Enlightenment principles, unless many other deans that have caved and cowed to the activists. I applaud you and I have your back. Let’s take back our educational establishments before it’s too late

  14. Jim Gorman says

    Three cheers for President David Yager! When someone attempts to control others because they have been triggered or because they simply don’t like what was said, they are being fascist. Freedom of speech as defined in the Bill of Rights is an INDIVIDUAL RIGHT. It may not be infringed by the government or any other individual simply because they don’t like it.

  15. Kaiser Basileus says

    It’s not enough. Those people need to be put in their place, not just put aside temporarily.

  16. jimhaz says

    Nothing will change until there is a more widespread disaster like a war or depression, that causes a sharp decline in those that can attend universities.

    The power activists have is due to the large numbers of lower IQ, thus less critical, brains now gaining places at the college profit maximising babysitting centers.

    All we can do is set boundaries and to try and get the public to be against the SJWs. Somehow we must break down the obsolete gender studies areas them being the source of this infection.

    Still, in the ideas killing floor, if you don’t fight you lose.

  17. timothy says

    I don’t think it’s right for you to use they/their/them just because someone demands it. You shouldn’t alter language just because someone wants you to. That’s not being polite. It is abdicating your responsibility to speak the truth of the world as you see it.

  18. Sydney says

    Honestly? Camille Paglia? These kids are certifiable. Did any of them have parents? Where are they? Who are the adults who raised “nonbinary” kids who think that Camille Paglia is their “transphobic” enemy? I have older teenagers, and I’d love to know who produced kids like these.

    • Scott M says

      I believe the first non-binary kid was born when two people with hyphenated last names got married.

  19. Jean Levant says

    Ha, ha! I love the respectful (or mischievous?) use of “their” in your article, Claire. What a marvelous time we live in!

  20. Rick Stubbs says

    I have read Paglia since her first book & even it was a fresh look at things long thought familiar. She cuts thru the crap and translates classical themes into modern context. This should be celebrated. As should anyone who makes sense, in her academic space, to the large population that has not assimilated grad school post modern training. Her popularity is a large target in academe. If they can defenestrate her, their group think ‘narrative’ is further secured. This event seems low risk but maybe they will be successful eventually. One thing is clear, Paglia will not be silenced.

  21. Rational Number says

    Little Joesph, seeking to big note them self and indulge in some nasty heavy handed bullying and oppression disguised as a moral imperative and powered by a moral entitlement to suppress all non-consenting views. Such a hypocrite, typical of their ilk.

    “the past few weeks have sculpted a stronger activist and leader out of me, and i’m truly thankful for all of the support. this is just the beginning, and i’m just getting started.
    we will be heard, i will make sure of it.”

    And the Pres deserves much acclaim for standing up against these social media bullies and empowered tyrants. DOWN with twitter I say !

  22. Rational Number says

    Ok so only simple responses are suitable…..

    well done Pres. Fight the good fight.

  23. Frances says

    Words almost fail – but here are a few:
    Paglia – a legend, a giant of Second Wave feminism and of scholarship in general
    McAndrew – breathtaking
    Yager – bravo!

  24. Barney Doran says

    This is what worries me: Are there no students on these campuses with the cajones (and in this sense both male and female) to stand up to the administrators, professors, and fellow students who are slurping up this DIE nonsense. Are they incapable of pointing out that diversity is fine after more important qualifications are met, that inclusivity is a matter of choice, you know, like abortion, and equality (that Trojan Horse) has a very uneasy relationship with freedom? Kids, if you don’t use the freedoms that have been so hard won for you, then you apparently do not deserve them. I just hope you realize what you are doing to your country.

  25. Joseph McAndrew is demonstrating a lust for personal power by trying to take down someone who he sees as powerful and important. The trophy he is seeking is to get his way, by organizing a mobbing led by himself. This is about ego, not helping to protect others from harm.

  26. Andrew says

    McAndrew can be better understood by realizing that, for these people, the online world is the real one and the “real” world is the game. A game in which they feel you must have full flexibility to incarnate yourself as whatever avatar you feel is best at any given time and wherein you can unlock achievements that are validated when recognized in the online world. The nagging doubt that life in cyberspace is actually meaningless is kept at bay by constant validation from fellow addicts who are loathe to lose an enabler.

    • scribblerg says

      Such an interesting comment. But of course, as the social environment becomes so digital, our very identities must be shaped by it too. I thank God I’m 56 these days. I don’t play video games (have peers who do, sadly), I don’t even have cable or a big TV. I am in tech and am online a lot but even then I don’t participate in social media in meaningful ways. Instead I focus on a small number of destinations and channels that I appreciate, and engage there.

      But if I was born now? Who knows. One thing I wonder about McAndrews is if he has a Dad in his life? I find that men who are weirdly aggressive in these passive aggressive ways are often raised by single moms. They don’t learn how men handle conflict and the innate sense of “fair play” that is drummed into us growing. In my generation (and everyone before it) there was a concept of a “fair” physical fight. In my elementary school, if two kids kept fighting, the principal would have them duke it out in the gym with big boxing gloves and safety gear. Gym teacher reffed. And who won was important, but the loser didn’t really suffer socially after. And they didn’t kick each other in the ‘nads, ya know? That would have gotten them terrible punishment.

      Silly people will misunderstand why I mention this. What it did was teach us how to have and resolve conflict without really hurting each other seriously. And it provided rules for that conflict. I think some men still know all this, but I find a certain kind of Prog-Marxist young man who is just bizarrely aggressive. Think of that weird guy who roundhouse kicked that Canadian reporter who was pro-life. He did it so intentionally, and so proudly. Even after being arrested and being in court, he still didn’t understand that he did something wrong.

      Another aspect of my generation? Do that to one of my sisters or daughter or a woman in my life? I’m coming back with a baseball bat. And I’ve done it.

      I think there are two problems. One, a sense of fairness versus narcissistic preening. The second is an utter lack of fear. McAndrews will not just have nothing bad happen to him, no, he’s going to skyrocket up the social hierarchy of activism. He’ll probably spin up a career in activism and a “personal brand” out of this. For a Leftist, it’s all upside – there is no downside. Like even if he doesn’t get what he wants, nothing bad happens to him or any of them. Ever. There was another situation with a left wing prof who attacked several Trump supporters with a heavy bike lock, hurting them significantly. He went to court and got probation. Didn’t lose his job.

      When it’s all upside, why not? Hell, maybe I’m being dumb. Maybe I should just play being a Prog-Marxist online?

  27. Farris says

    I doubt Camille Paglia and I would agree on much. Seventy four percent of the time she is full of sh@t but I like her. She is an excellent writer and a fun read. She is straight forward (no spin no deflections) and her audience knows exactly what she thinks and from where she is coming. I would relish the opportunity to hear her speak. Camille Paglia is a national treasure, god bless her.

    • Here Today, Gone Tomorrow says

      Camille Paglia is not full of shit. Please.

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  30. Chuck amoss says

    In the 1960s the new left student mobs raged and occupied, while campus leaders hid. The first and most notable exception was a guy named S.I. Hayakawa who headed up San Francisco State. He point blank told the protesters to knock it off and go back to class or be arrested.
    What happened to him? He didn’t stay at the college; he became a hero for standing up to the mob and in 1977 was elected to the US Senate.

  31. Alice Zents says

    Thank you for this. it’s like a really, really good breakfast, and it’s going to keep me happy for at least a week.

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  33. It is a good start, but until visible leaders move away from the free speech argument to the truth argument we will get nowhere. Transgenderism is obviously a mental illness that has become a social contagion. We are literally allowing the inmates to run the asylum. They must be defeated in battle. Paglia understands this. Who will join her?

  34. Jim says

    As a soon-to-be two-time loser in the marriage game, all I can think is, “Why couldn’t I find a woman like that?”

  35. BobbyV says

    “The university is the only mainstream institution that is open to participation by individuals of nearly any viewpoint.” The Port Huron Statement (1962)

  36. We need to organize safety Equipment Defense Teams in every city to preempt this sort of antidemocratic mischief.

  37. Doc H says

    I have followed her career closely for 30 years. I don’t agree with everything she says but she is always fascinating and well informed and in person she is very very funny! I have seen her lecture many times over the years. Her first book Sexual Personae is a masterpiece of scholarship. She is a truly great art historian and a dedicated teacher. She has always been controversial and outspoken and it was only a matter of time before this happened. She has a right to say whatever she wants, and could handle anyone on the planet in an intellectual debate…

  38. scubajim says

    Bravo for Mr. McAndrew! The University will be better for his stance. Also Bravo for George Mason NOT canceling Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh option summer course for law students (in the UK not on the DC campus)

  39. Who the hell goes to university for a “safe space”? You go there to be challenged and start thinking like an adult. Camille Paglia is an intellectual giant. I WISH I could have studied at a university where she had tenure. I’m so happy that a university administration is finally pushing back against these marauding fascist children.

  40. Donnerhauser says

    At last, administrators with some spine.

    What is about universities that cause students to descend into fanatical activism? When I was at university most of my peers were there to learn and few had a desire for this sort of behaviour. I honestly wonder if we send too many people to universities.

    And I wish activists would stop hurling around the word “oppression” so much – it is used so often I have no idea what it is referring to, yet they view it as giving a carte blanche to go to town on these poor sods. It’s really a slur, like denouncing something as “counterrevolutionary” or “treacherous”.

  41. Sean Michael Bearly says

    Stopped reading at, “After McAndrew made their social media posts,”

    Any writer who gives lip service to the pronoun demands of these crybabies is part of the problem.

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