From the Cheap Seats: Colorado University’s sexual harassment shows philosophical double standards

February 4, 2014
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More than a dozen cases of sexual harassment at CU has been kept under wraps since 2007.

More than a dozen cases of sexual harassment at CU has been kept under wraps since 2007.

Cheap Seats has harbored some doubts about the need for a conservative professor at the University of Colorado.

After all, the whole idea of a university has to do with the free exchange of ideas, testing hypotheses, adjusting theories and, call us silly, learning.

Evidently, that concept has yet to take root at CU, as the most recent news from Babylon, er, Boulder, suggests.

The American Philosophical Association’s Committee on the Status of Women Site Visit Program found that women in the department aren’t exactly respected for their brains.

“Sexual harassment” seems to be the order of the day in the philosophy department, where “buff” seems to denote something other than the school mascot.

The CU Office of Discrimination and Harassment, evidently a how-to kind of organization, logged 15 complaints about the department from women who are getting out, or trying to, at remarkable rates.

“It is our strong conclusion that the department maintains an environment with unacceptable sexual harassment, inappropriate sexualized unprofessional behavior and divisive uncivil behavior,” the report said.

You could be forgiven for thinking that was the kind of thing written about the tea party, Republicans or conservatives in general.

Yet it refers to the vanguard of deconstructionist thinking, the arbiters of leftist politics, the ever so sensitive home of the metrosexual.

Funny how the facts don’t exactly line up with the liberal fantasy, is it not?

Cheap Seats is not exactly surprised to learn that the more genteel alter egos of the Ward Churchills at the CU campus are less than advertised.

But this is the same crowd that in 2005 bemoaned the “distressing” issues facing CU and noted that, “It is no consolation to know that rape, prostitutes and drugs are endemic to big-time college sports.

Evidently big-time philosophy is every bit as randy and undisciplined as the football team.

At least the latter was entertaining on some level, but the former is positively harmful.

So Cheap Seats is prepared to admit error. The philosophy department’s penchant for peccadilloes suggests that the academic field is seriously tilted at Boulder and the group that should be on watch for that kind of behavior is deeply involved — and protective— of it.

Steven Hayward ought not be alone at CU. He needs more than good wishes. He needs reinforcements.

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One Response to From the Cheap Seats: Colorado University’s sexual harassment shows philosophical double standards

  1. Tony F. Beard
    February 6, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Yet another example of the fantastic academics offered at CU Boulder. An entitled, overrated institution, to be sure. But I’m not sure that adding a few token conservatives to the faculty will change the massive problems facing CU – the culture of the community around it is just too closed-minded. Send your kids to CSU, folks, if you want them to have a decent education.

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