Descent into madness


her assessment of the U.S. is foundational to “intersectional feminism.” This theory — now official doctrine in gender studies – portrays American society as a “matrix of domination and oppression.” And the list of oppressions keeps growing. Actress Laverne Cox, a frequent campus lecturer, expanded hooks’ formulation in a 2015 tweet: “Actually its cisnormative heteronormative imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.” Others have added ageist, able-ist, lookist, pro-natalist, and size-ist to the matrix. At the risk of sounding like a weapon of patriarchal terrorism, I don’t see progress here. I see a descent into madness. Proliferating “ists” and “isms” are turning many of our campuses into hostile environments for sanity. Students are organizing themselves into aggrieved little tribes that police and bully one another for imagined slights and micro-invalidations. On some campuses, intersectionality has tenure. Last year, 28 faculty members at Scripps College opposed former Secretary of State Madeline Albright as a speaker because her “category of ‘woman’ evacuates feminism of its anti-racist, anti-imperialist potential.’

We used to think this was funny, but it’s really out of control. As we noted a dozen years ago, affluence, utopianism, and tenure of all sorts provide an excellent breeding ground for the nuttiness above. The only thing worse than the disease may be the cure.

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