Moral posturing can be a tricky thing. We all have a good chuckle when some terrorist – sorry, freedom fighter – obliterates himself with his own bomb before he has a chance to hand it over to its 8 year old delivery platform. Well, most of us do. There are some of the John Donne brigade so diminished by the death of Ahmed and his confreres that they would give the Bushmen of the Kalahari a foot or two. And, of course, many of these types are found in universities.
Thus it is that Sydney University has fostered a one-sided ‘ debate’ on the Arab/Israeli conflict. As reported in The Australian earlier this year:
At least 37 University of Sydney arts and social sciences academics have rallied behind a move to boycott Israeli universities following the recent killing of Palestinian protesters in Gaza.
No mention of Israeli deaths. And earlier an address on the University campus by a retired British Army officer, Richard Kemp, in defence of Israel was violently disrupted. You get the picture — and if you don’t, just watch video footage of the incident below.
Universities are bastions of Free Speech TM, as opposed to free speech. But it’s not the tertiary sector’s view of the Religion of Peace that I’m concerned with here. It’s a matter much closer to home.
Leftists, of course, don’t do irony very well. A brick through your window, is rather more their style. But Quadrant readers will appreciate the irony of university administrators at Latrobe and Sydney universities siding with the hysterics of their more excitable students (for want of a better word) on the subject of the campus ‘rape culture’.
Recently, both Latrobe and Sydney universities have gone out of their way to make it difficult for Bettina Arndt to speak on campus at the invitation of student associations. Bettina postulates that there is no rape culture at Universities in Australia. And this is anathema to university administrations frantically establishing ‘sexual consent’ courses as a prerequisite to engaging in real learning.
But according to the ‘rape culture’ theorists, this misbehaviour is not just on the part of libidinous male undergraduates, who have managed to negotiate family and school life at the same time achieving higher than average school results (in some cases anyway – teaching students not so much it seems) without getting into any trouble. And yet, on entering university, they transmogrify into sexual predators at double the rate of the normal population. No, the universities administrators are also complicit in this problem by covering up and failing to report and or discipline errant students, as detailed in a Channel 7 Sunday Night expose of two years ago, which I wrote about here.
“I am finding it really difficult to imagine why an organisation that is the very spearhead of political correctness in all the trendy issues would ignore the one thing the whole of society abhors. I’m betting that university bureaucracies are heavy with card-carrying feminists. Are their principles so ephemeral that they are prepared to overlook these crimes just in the name of not rocking the boat?”
If there is, in fact, a rape culture at universities, it reflects very poorly on those institutions’ highly paid administrators. And if there isn’t a rape culture, as Bettina Arndt argues, wouldn’t you think university administrators would be bending over backwards to confront their internal accusers and allow Bettina’s views to be aired on campus, even at the cost of outraging the snowflakes? There’s Bettina, prepared to exonerate universities and being told she’s not welcome.
As I said at the beginning, that’s the trouble with moral posturing. You can end up screwing yourself – vulgar pun intended.