Papa Bear: That is something you must never do so let that be a lesson to you
Stan Berenstain The Bike Jesson 1964
Commander Sela: Come in, gentlemen. Take a seat, please. Excuse me, I’m just finishing up a speech. For you, Mister Spock. I rather enjoy writing. I don’t get to do it often in this job.
Lt. Cmdr Data: Perhaps you would be happier in another job.
Star Trek TNG Unification Part 2 1991
I read with some amusement this story concerning the delicate flowers empowered college women at Oberlin college reacting to Christina Hoff Sommers’ suggestion that if one’s major is not conducive to making a living perhaps one should choose a different one.
Told students that women could narrow wage gap by changing majors from, say, sociology to engineering.Room erupted.Horrified gasps & jeers.
— Christina H. Sommers (@CHSommers) April 21, 2015
Mind you this is the same message she has given at other venues as well:
“A way undergraduate women can change the wage gap is to change their major,” Sommers said. “Of the college majors, naval architecture is 97 percent male. Early childhood education is 98 percent female, social work 88 percent female. There is a big difference in what they major in.”
If more women were to change their majors from lower-paying jobs such as childhood education to higher-paying jobs like petroleum engineering, the wage gap would not be such an issue, Sommers said.
Yet this dose of reality was so traumatic for the some in the student body (even before it was given) that some lashed out at those who invited her as enabling rape while others have answered with love letters to themselves or found the need for “safe spaces”
However while the proper reaction to such people is intense ridicule as the father of two sons one still in college I can’t fight the impulse to couple my ridicule with some practical aid:
Ladies if you will not believe that nasty scary Christina Hoff Sommers perhaps I can provide a witness more to your liking.
I have no idea why throwing bodyshaming/slutshaming at Miley is being allowed a free pass. It’s the propagation of heteropatriarchal crap.
— andria (@andria_xx) August 26, 2013
Her feminist bonafides are impressive:
“Honors BA in Social Justice and Peace Studies” and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Gender Studies.
Her blog is no longer up but two years ago she was about to defend her Masters Thesis in Gender Studies so we can safely presume that by this time she has acquired said degree and while a Masters in any subject doesn’t impress either Dr. Sheldon Cooper or Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler it should be enough to convince those hiding in Oberlin’s on campus safe rooms that her opinion can be heard without trauma.
So Andrea XX tell us, just how valuable is an Honors BA in Social Justice & Peace Studies & a Masters in Gender studies?
“I have a honors BA and I’m defending my MA thesis in two weeks. I am also apply for jobs and I can only find stuff in the service industry. I applied for a Hotel Front Desk Clerk job today. My degrees mean NOTHING. I am at the end of my rope.“
In fact it’s even worse that what it sounds:
Now while it is (almost) too late for Andrea XX to change direction if you are an Oberlin student you still have time to abandon majors that make you unemployable and make sure that you are at least in a position to pay off your college debt and have a life once you leave the safe room and enter the real world.
You won’t like the alternative, take andrea_xx’s word on it.
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