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True But Forbidden 4: On Travesty by Lance Morrow

Mel: no hoverhand there. Bruce: hoverhanding his own crotch in shame.

Leading universities have turned themselves into hybrids of Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood and Mao’s Red Guards. They have become madrassas of identity politics, given over to dogmatism, indoctrination, the coddling of grievance, and the encouragement and manipulation of neurotic youthful insecurities for the purpose of consolidating political power. The effects of travesties being committed on American campuses, where the mind of the hard Left is embedded in faculties, administrations, and boards of overseers, will be felt for generations. The damage may be irreparable.

Consider the comedy of the pronouns, which is symptomatic—and hilarious, if you can stand it. In the Alice in Wonderland of academe, pronouns are deemed to be discretionary. A person may choose a unique pronoun (“zhi,” “zher,” or “Gloria Swanson,” or “John Foster Dulles” —up to you, precious: we leave the choice to your iridescent narcissism).

This is a travesty of the sanctity of the person and of individual freedom. It is not social justice but vandalism of the language—self-obsession carried beyond the reach of parody. It is the sort of mischief that children do when they have no parents worthy of the name; universities make a wicked travesty of the idea of in loco parentis.

Shared meaning— language and the community of understanding that it fosters— dissolves under the pressure of ideology. Sex between a man and a woman (an arrangement that accomplished its biological purpose for thousands of years after the moment when Adam and Eve left Eden and entered history) becomes “heteronormative” behavior— the vaguely disreputable or distasteful preference of mere “breeders,” only one of many choices, after all. Meantime, the open-ended LGBTQ sequence expands its differentiated offerings seemingly each week, and stretches on indefinitely, like the numerical value of pi.

Travesty, as a phenomenon of politics and culture, is what happens when exaggeration has no place left to go—except to the last locked door in Bluebeard’s castle. Things are first stretched, then grossly parodied, then done to death. Travesty abhors compromise, scorns moderation, or careful thought; the travestied Left and travestied Right are twins, and converge in the neighborhood of coercion and certitude…..

Much more at The Age of Travesties | City Journal

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  • Casey Klahn March 8, 2018, 11:02 AM

    idk how you could’ve illustrated the article any better than that. Mel, a flawed but truly great man, and Jenner, who is not a man at all.

    I was just watching the tomahawk scene again the other day. Mel delivers it like a boss.

  • Sam L. March 8, 2018, 11:18 AM

    I do not recognize any of them.

  • ghostsniper March 8, 2018, 2:29 PM

    My favorite scene is in Beyond Thunderdome where he has to surrender his endless array of hand held weapons. Must be 50+ pounds of the stuff.

  • Howard Nelson March 8, 2018, 3:09 PM

    The author offers no solutions.
    Try these:
    Demand that the acronym LGBTQ be more inclusive as LGBTQA2Z, so as to salve the boo-boos of those not included in the excluding LGBTQ groping grouping. Weirds, bizarres, and zanies must not be excluded!
    Intersectionists must include the inane, insane, BSers, and other oddballs. Otherwise, the Intersectionists will remain a sorely limited confluence of inadequate querulous coocoos, a macro-aggressive insult to all.
    Demand you be referred to with your new long easily memorized pronoun such as, “We hold these truths to be self evident that all deliberate idiots are fakers.” This tactic to be used unless you prefer the J. Peterson approach and its probable consequences. To requests by others to use their unusual pronouns, reply, repeatedly, with the question, “Huh? What?”, or, “I’m deaf, blind and Brailleless to coercive stupidity. Before we proceed please present proof that you are not presenting stupidity as a means of insulting me mono or poly-aggressively.”

    We are in a war of word and term meanings. Don’t let your language languish.
    Up your rage and laughter, now and forever after. Ok i

  • Casey Klahn March 8, 2018, 4:50 PM

    Howard Nelson: my compliments, sir. The hon. Norm Macdonald does a hilarious take-down of “LGBQT.” If that were required watching on every campus, we’d soon clear up all this shit.

  • Howard Nelson March 8, 2018, 7:35 PM

    A sad part of this time of rejection of traditional standards, is that its practitioners believe they have no other meaningful place to go.
    With little appreciation of what’s failed and succeeded in the past, and why, they are making up protocols as they go along with poor forecasts of consequences.
    Muck makers — so-called Marxists, Post Modernists, Fascists — the old school misfits are being revived and lip-sticked to teach and lead what is becoming a new D-Generation.
    If we do not recover the schools and curricula and teach the wonders and warts of our history, we will dead-end our children.
    This has all been better said before by others.

    We know what needs to be done and how to do it.
    Where there’s a will there’s a way.
    Is there the will? The Roman Empire was not destroyed in a day; it took years of internal decay.

    Do we need a crystal ball? Look to Britain, then and now and extrapolate to that time when we commenters are gone and the muezzin’s call to prayer and submission sounds.

    The karmic clock’s minute hand is turning, each second alarming for more Minute Men and Women.

  • ghostsniper March 8, 2018, 7:56 PM

    “We know what needs to be done and how to do it.”
    Ostracize and humiliate it any anyone that associates with it.
    Make it not exist in your world.
    Just like anything that is offensive, insane, and potentially dangerous.
    But hardly anyone is willing to do that.

  • Andrew X March 9, 2018, 5:22 AM

    Something I have really not seen mentioned by anyone out there except for your truly, but it is a way to stomp this ludicrous pronoun nonsense into the ground in virtually one para. Particularly if you are on campus.

    What you do is look the student “activist” *spit* in the eye and say, “OK, if this is a valid way forward culturally, all you have to do to prove it is one simple thing: WRITE A BOOK. A novel, a historical non-fiction, a short story of reasonable length, whatever of those, in ANY genre.” (Caveat: Except science fiction, that does NOT count.)

    C’mon genius, WRITE SOMETHING! ANYTHING! Write something that even you yourself can read without bursting into giggles at the shear stupidity and insipidness of the final product. You are COLLEGE STUDENTS, aren’t you? Get to work, let’s see what ya got!

    How long have we been gibbering about this topic on-campus now? Five or so years? Has anyone written anything along these lines, using these “woke” pronouns, etc, at all? ANYTHING??

    Yeah, we are going to change the language in such a way that actually writing narratives with it will be well-nigh impossible. Oh no, that ain’t gonna smash into a wall eventually, ‘course not!

    It rather amazes me that I have yet to hear anyone else make this point. (And if ANY such “literature” does exist out there to your knowledge, please do link. I could use a good laugh.)

  • ghostsniper March 9, 2018, 8:28 AM

    “Yeah, I’m foldin’ this shit up like a stepladder, and it’s real and magnificent!”

    (thinking to himself) “Damn, I think I fucked up.”

  • Casey Klahn March 9, 2018, 8:57 AM

    Andrew X makes a great point. I’m not writer, but in speaking and writing in America today, the stupidity of the prog culture rants and demands that we confound the language. English is already too compounded – we don’t need more hyphens, acronyms, or discombobulations!
    I fantasize about, but probably have never done this: when someone insists that I use a feminine gender pronoun instead of “man,” as in “mankind” or draftsman,” my response needs to be, “excuse me, I was speaking English.”

  • Harry March 9, 2018, 1:08 PM

    Howard Nelson, I believe now it is LGB-WTF-Q
    Andrew X, here is the next best(?) thing, Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble: https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=HuAoe4phOgEC&oi=fnd&pg=PA324&dq=judith+butler+gender+trouble&ots=wgtr0QhEpq&sig=12y20nuPScYgPn2P1iSOjC9eFHI#v=onepage&q=judith%20butler%20gender%20trouble&f=false
    not to be confused with John Waters’ Female Trouble.