Yes, fine, go ahead and segregate by gender at university events, says this British group. Separate but equal, dontcha know. Works every time.

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“Outrageous.” Yes. Keep it coming.

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11 Responses to “An appalling decision, which UD trusts most British universities will have the guts to ignore.”

  1. charlie Says:

    Man, England is coming apart. London is the locus of worldwide financial criminality, and now, they have Wahabbi nutjobs influencing social and educational policy. And the food sucks royally. Scams, religious maniacs, and junk food, kinda like the Bible Belt…

  2. adam Says:

    Well, where do you think the Bible Belt denizens came from? Before 1776 Georgia was the main dumping ground for British riff-raff. When that option was closed, Mother England sent them to the new colony of Australia. Read Robert Hughes’ wonderful book The Fatal Shore.

  3. MattF Says:

    I think the whole notion of ‘rights’ is different in Blighty. There, it’s assumed that you’ve already got all the rights you’ll ever actually need– and complaining is just not done. E.g., for heaven’s sake, no one has a ‘right’ to flavorful food.

  4. MattF Says:

    I should add that I intended the last sentence above as an example of a silly argument against defending one’s rights.

  5. Dr_Doctorstein Says:

    What I want to know is what the hell is wrong with the kids nowadays? Why didn’t a bunch of students go to this event with the specific intent of playing musical chairs when Mr. Tzortzis began to speak? Why not engage in a little passable cross-dressing before showing up, and then, when Tzortzis begins to speak, casually remove enough clothing to reveal one’s true sex and rebellious seating? Do students no longer like to have this sort of fun?

  6. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Dr_Doctorstein: I had the same thought. I always thought the British – at least the Oxford/Cambridge lot – were our superiors when it came to this sort of thing.

  7. Dr_Doctorstein Says:

    Maybe that lot is just too damned polite. I keep imagining what Monty Python might have done with such an opportunity. So there’s Eric Idle in the audience, in the men’s section, suddenly pulling out his makeup kit and putting on lipstick, and then, as he is forcibly ushered out, he screams “I don’t want to be Stan anymore! I want to be Loretta!”

  8. MattF Says:

    Dr_Doctorstein: Oh, gosh. You’ve reminded me of the days back in college when I was taking Russian. We all had to memorize pedagogical dialogs between Ivan and Olga and then recite them in class. And one young man in the class was always volunteering to be Olga- “I’ll be Olga

  9. charlie Says:

    @MattF: I could only dream of flavorful food when I was in England. I would have been happy with edible….

  10. david foster Says:

    Flavorful food in England is easy. British food for breakfast, Indian food for lunch and dinner.

  11. charlie Says:

    In keeping with the spirit of the OP, I demand that any female posters respond in a separate thread….

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