I’m not going to make any comments about rape culture or feminism in this post because of the sensitive nature of the topic but I’m going to relay some information to you and I want you to tell me how you feel about it. Sounds good? Great.
Okay, an essay published last week in Inside Higher Ed featured a professor who wrote that she felt “raped” while grading a gender course paper from a young white male boy. She said that the things that he wrote on his paper were against her beliefs as a feminist. He wrote ill of feminism basically calling it a “pointless” movement, using a rape example to back up his statement.
The professor wrote:
As I went over his paper, I realized that I was reading a paper that sounded word for word like something the man who raped me would say. And not only did this sound like something my rapist would say, this student fit the same demographic profile as him: white, college male, between the ages of 18 and 22.
… I was furious at the fact that, as an instructor, I was expected to take his paper seriously, and scared of what he might do if he did not like his grade. Although I knew it was unlikely that this student would literally try to rape me, his words felt so familiar that I began having trouble distinguishing him from the man that did. Their words were so frighteningly similar that the rational-instructor side of my brain could not overpower the trauma-survivor side.
… “Zero! You get a fucking zero!” I literally screamed at my computer screen.
It hasn’t been made clear if the professor actually gave the boy zero because she did later note in her essay that she eventually calmed down. And giving someone ZERO in an opinion-driven course because of your own personal feelings is probably not very becoming of a college professor.
The woman was highly praised for her essay. It was originally published on the website Write Where It Hurts and it was called “There’s No Manual for This: Surviving Rape Apologists in the Classroom.” You can read it here.
So what do you think? Do you praise the woman for her essay or do you condemn her? Let me know on Facebook or in the comments section below.
Source: The College Fix