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Feminist Professor Freaks Out Over Conservatives on Campus

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The story:

A University of Iowa professor who studies same-sex relationships was so upset by a mass email from a campus Republican group promoting “Conservative Coming Out Week” that she fired off a vulgarity aimed at all Republicans.

Ellen Lewin, a professor of Anthropology and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies in the Department of Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies, responded to the email by writing, “F*** YOU, REPUBLICANS” from her official University of Iowa email account.

First of all, what a ridiculous title. Why do we need “Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies” professors, much less whole departments. Second, this isn’t the worst of the story. She was scolded for her left-wing hate, but rather than simply apologize and take responsibility, she offered this blame shifting non-apology:

Lewin later wrote back to explain, “This is a time when political passions are inflamed, and when I received your unsolicited email, I had just finished reading some newspaper accounts of fresh outrages committed by Republicans in government. I admit the language was inappropriate, and apologize for any affront to anyone’s delicate sensibilities. I would really appreciate your not sending blanket emails to everyone on campus, especially in these difficult times.”

In a later email to the group, Lewin wrote the following:

“I should note that several things in the original message were extremely offensive, nearly rising to the level of obscenity. Despite the Republicans’ general disdain for LGBT rights you called your upcoming event ‘conservative coming out day,’ appropriating the language of the LGBT right movement. Your reference to the Wisconsin protests suggested that they were frivolous attempts to avoid work. And the ‘Animal Rights BBQ’ is extremely insensitive to those who consider animal rights an important cause. Then, in the email that Ms. Ginty sent complaining about my language, she referred to me as Ellen, not Professor Lewin, which is the correct way for a student to address a faculty member, or indeed, for anyone to refer to an adult with whom they are not acquainted. I do apologize for my intemperate language, but the message you all sent out was extremely disturbing and offensive.”

It turns out that professor of Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies really just means professor of victimology. Let’s count how many times she wrapped herself in a cloak of victimhood while blaming the real victims.

This is a time when political passions are inflamed, and when I received your unsolicited email, I had just finished reading some newspaper accounts of fresh outrages committed by Republicans in government.

One. Republicans in government are doing horrible things (read: things she disagrees with), and therefore her reaction is justified. And her claim that “this is a time when political passions are inflamed” is tellingly self-centered. Political passions are always inflamed; hers are just particularly inflamed right now because the Democratic experiment failed in spectacular fashion, and the inherent contradictions of the tax and spend liberal society are making themselves increasingly apparent.

I admit the language was inappropriate, and apologize for any affront to anyone’s delicate sensibilities.

Two. Her language was “inappropriate,” but only because of “delicate sensibilities.” But really, it wasn’t so much her language that was the problem as her ridiculous, overwrought reaction when faced with the prospect that there might be more than one point of view represented on a campus ostensibly devoted to higher learning. So much for “diversity.”

I would really appreciate your not sending blanket emails to everyone on campus, especially in these difficult times.

Three. How dare she be sent an email which had to first be approved by UI Student Services before it could be sent to the mass list. That’s especially true “in these difficult times,” when the peasants are rebelling against their intellectual superiors and rightful overlords. Tea Partiers tossing Pelosi on her rump, unions being defanged in Wisconsin, cats and dogs living together…mass hysteria!

I should note that several things in the original message were extremely offensive, nearly rising to the level of obscenity.

Obscenity!

Despite the Republicans’ general disdain for LGBT rights you called your upcoming event ‘conservative coming out day,’ appropriating the language of the LGBT right movement.

Four. I can’t imagine what would ever give UI conservatives the idea that they must stay in hiding, or face vitriol and intolerance.

Your reference to the Wisconsin protests suggested that they were frivolous attempts to avoid work.

Five. How dare you suggest that people should show up to work, or not be allowed to pilfer the public coffers at will.

And the ‘Animal Rights BBQ’ is extremely insensitive to those who consider animal rights an important cause.

Six. Merely having a position that someone might disagree with is now “insensitive.” Meanwhile, this woman’s entire pathetic existence is insensitive to those of us against identity politics, or just worthless human beings in general.

Then, in the email that Ms. Ginty sent complaining about my language, she referred to me as Ellen, not Professor Lewin, which is the correct way for a student to address a faculty member, or indeed, for anyone to refer to an adult with whom they are not acquainted. I do apologize for my intemperate language, but the message you all sent out was extremely disturbing and offensive.

Setting aside the fact that Ellen’s specialty is a joke, she has demonstrated nothing to warrant either respect or presumption of adulthood, which requires more than mere age. Ellen is an intemperate child who reacts violently when faced with the slightest prospect that the world does not revolve around her and her failed ideology.

She is so ingrained in her victimology, she blamed others for her outrageous behaviors 6 times in her supposed apology. Her liberalism is clearly her religion, and we dissenters are heretics deserving of being burned at the stake.

  • Sean

    Why would anyone care about the rants of a carpet-munching dyke anyway? She's just upset because a house fell on her sister.

  • MooCowBang

    I just about crapped my pants laughing when I read this…this seriously cant be for real, can it?

    Is this feminist a total retard…seriously…is she retarded?

    Wait…omg…is this a guy…named Ellen?

  • http://twitter.com/TalkingWithYale @TalkingWithYale

    Here’s an interview with University of Iowa Professors Timothy Hagle and Kembrew McLeod, Matt Sowada, the conservative co-host of the political talk radio show American Reason on KRUI, and Rod Sullivan from the Johnson County Board of Supervisors about Professor Ellen Lewin’s “F— You, Republicans!” email response to the University of Iowa College Republicans campus-wide invite for people to participate in “Conservative Coming Out Week.”

    http://patv.tv/blog/2011/04/27/talking-with-yale-

    My recent post Live @ IC – DJ Dougie

    • http://conservative-compendium.com/wordpress/about/ Brian Garst

      Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/DanOblak @DanOblak

    I have, on more than one occassion (and so have dozens of blogs, newscasters, politicians, and barflies), used ‘coming out’ when referring to Mac users, Conservatives, fans of almost any serial television show or movie, fans of country music, cat owners, members of ANY ‘12-step group’, drivers of non-American cars, or owners of any particular phobia (for instance, fear of flying). To date, no one I have conversed with have ever questioned whether the use of this phrase outside of a description of the LGBT struggle is appropriate or not. What I HAVE almost universally heard agreement on is that those who wallow in victimhood as a first-strike method of engagement have co-opted conversations to the point that the freedom of speech they so loudly claim to espouse is in jeopardy. Speech can be unfairly quelled to favor the feelings (NOT the rights) of a small, undisciplined minority. In this way has the entire country moved… at least in speech… toward the more politically correct — and perhaps away from the unobstructed and successful communication of thoughts and ideas.

  • Willy

    I'm very curious if she has seen this story.

    • http://www.conservative-compendium.com Brian Garst

      Let me check my email…nope, no hate mail. Guessing not.

  • Cape Cod Paulie

    Ellen Lewin has become much worse than those she claims to despise. Sad to watch a person wither away exercising her absolute intolerance of others.