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Triggered: Study finds that 25% of college students could get PTSD because of the 2016 election

From Washington Post: Are college students “snowflakes” — triggered, traumatized and all together too delicate for the real world? Or are they apathetic — so unconcerned that they can’t be bothered to purchase stamps to send in their absentee ballots?

The two characterizations of young Americans are in conflict, observed Melissa Hagan, an assistant professor of psychology at San Francisco State University. Her research has led her to believe that neither captures what’s going on in the minds of young people. Their intense reaction to political events runs contrary to the charge of apathy, she said, while the emotional trauma they report should not be dismissed as hypersensitivity.

With a team of researchers, she surveyed 769 introductory psychology students at Arizona State University in January and February 2017, asking about their satisfaction with the 2016 election, whether they were upset about the outcome and whether the results of the race had affected their close relationships.

The results were published Monday in an article, “Event-related clinical distress in college students: Responses to the 2016 U.S. Presidential election,” in the Journal of American College Health, a bimonthly, peer-reviewed public health journal. The article finds that 25 percent of students had “clinically significant event-related distress,” which it argues can predict future distress as well as diagnoses of PTSD, commonly associated with veterans and defined by the Mayo Clinic as “a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it.”

The research speaks to the personal toll of partisan battles, and it offers insight into the perspective of young Americans coming to political consciousness in the era of President Trump.

Hagan, the article’s lead author, said she believed it was the first of its kind examining an election’s psychological impact on college students. She was motivated to conduct the study by what she saw in her classes the day after Trump clinched the presidency.

Her students were “visibly upset,” she recalled in an interview. “Some were even crying.” They told her that they were scared and anxious about policies that had been discussed on the campaign trail, she said, as well as about the elevation of “a candidate who had an audio recording of him describing sexual assault.”

The analysis reveals that women, racial minorities, people from working and lower-middle social classes, Democrats, non-Christians and sexual minorities reported significantly more election-related distress. Accounting for connections among various factors, the most useful predictors of stress were sex, political party, religion and perceived impact of the election on close relationships — more so than race and social class. Controlling for party affiliation, other demographic factors still influenced stress symptoms. In other words, Hagan said, it wasn’t just a case of sore losers.

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"Higher" education: University offers female students extra credit for not shaving their armpits

Daily Mail: Female students at an Arizona university have been offered the change to earn extra credit by not shaving their armpit hair for a whole semester. The unconventional offer was made by women and gender studies professor Breanne Fahs as a way to get her students to challenge social norms.
Male students on the Arizona State University course are also able to apply for extra credit, but to qualify they have to shave all their hair from the neck down.

Professor Fahs

Professor Fahs

Fahs, professor of women and gender studies in ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, encourage her students to document their experiences in a journal for the 10-week semester.
She said the social experiment helps students analyze society’s attitude to genders, with female students facing ridicule for having hairy armpits, and the men gaining insight into how much pressure is put on women to stay hair free.
There’s no better way to learn about societal norms than to violate them and see how people react,” Fahs told ASU News.
“There’s really no reason why the choice to shave, or not, should be a big deal. But it is, as the students tend to find out quickly.”
Many of the students who have taken the hairy path to extra credit described it as a life-changing experience, and said they were shocked at the reaction from their partners, friends, and family.
“Many of my friends didn’t want to work out next to me or hear about the assignment, and my mother was distraught at the idea that I would be getting married in a white dress with armpit hair,” Robinson said. “I also noticed the looks on faces of strangers and people around campus who seemed utterly disgusted by my body hair. It definitely made me realize that if you’re not strictly adhering to socially prescribed gender roles, your body becomes a site for contestation and public opinion.
Robinson says part of her motivation for deciding to participate in the exercise was that in previous semesters she felt left out of the sense of the camaraderie of the students who were all bonding over their body hair, or lack thereof for males in the class.
“It’s interesting how peer pressure within the class can create a new norm,” Fahs said. “When practically all of the students are participating, they develop a sense of community and enjoy engaging in an act of rebellion together.”
That act of rebellion isn’t quite the same for males as females, according to Fahs. It’s not uncommon in our society for some men to engage in “manscaping,” removing hair from some parts of their bodies. For the extra-credit assignment, she asks male students to shave everything below the neck and maintain it for ten weeks. This makes the process labor-intensive and gives men some insight into what women who shave go through, she said.
Some male students have come up with strategies to add a “macho” element to the project. “One guy did his shaving with a buck knife,” Fahs said. “Male students tend to adopt the attitude of, ‘I’m a man; I can do what I want.’”
“Although a co-worker questioned why I shaved my legs, I felt comfortable in my own skin,” says a former male participant, Kurt Keller. “It helped having classmates who were so willing to lay it on the line too.
“I think shaving is an expectation that partners can place on each other because of personal taste,” Keller said. “However, just because a boyfriend or girlfriend pressures you to shave, it must be your own decision. I really hope that people, including myself, can treat our bodies with respect, regardless of relationship expectations. If your partner expects you to do something that feels unnatural, at that point there needs to be a separation, or at least a discussion.”
Fahs said there’s more of a tendency on the part of women who stop shaving to be concerned about the reaction of their romantic partner. Men who shave tend to focus more on what other men think. Both genders bump up against sexism and heterosexism in their experiences, albeit in different ways, she explained.
Student Grace Scale once dated a man who decided one evening to tell her about all the things he “hated” about her body, including the hair on various parts of it. “This was the first time that anyone had critiqued my body in such a way, and I didn’t even have to think twice about the following breakup,” she said.
Scale says she was surprised by the strong reactions of some of her male friends during the ten weeks. “One of my dearest friends – at the time – compared my underarm hair to ‘the sludge in the bottom of the garbage can,’ and continued on a rant about how growing body hair had a direct correlation to challenging men’s authority and position in society.”
Jaqueline Gonzalez credits the body hair project with helping to shape her into the activist she is today. “The experience helped me better understand how pervasive gendered socialization is in our culture,” Gonzalez said. “Furthermore, by doing this kind of activist project I was no longer an armchair activist theorizing in the classroom. So much is learned by actually taking part in the theory or idea we learn in the classroom, and we could benefit from this type of pedagogy being taken up by similar classes.”
Gonzalez isn’t the only person who believes projects like this should be implemented elsewhere. “I’ve been surprised by the amount of positive feedback I have received,” Fahs said. Faculty members at other universities are considering using the exercise in their classes. Fahs said she looks forward to seeing how the exercise works in other settings. “There is a big difference between imagining not shaving and actually trying to not shave,” she said.

And the American Psychological Association was so sufficiently impressed with the body hair exercise that the organization gave Fahs the Mary Roth Walsh Teaching the Psychology of Women Award through Division 35 in 2012. She has had papers about the project published in academic journals, including Feminism & Psychology, Psychology of Women Quarterly and Gender & Society.

Who verified that the men shaved all their hair below their necks? If this experiment is your “life-changing” experience, you may want to check out this and speak with a veteran or two.
But if you think this course is bad, check out her latest offering:
MAS 598:  Trash, Freaks, and SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men), circus freaks, white trash, scum and SCUM, dirt/housework, black rebellion, trashy novels, abject bodies, radical eco-activism, dumpster diving
FYI – The SCUM Manifesto is a radical feminist manifesto written in 1967 by Valerie Solanas. It argues that men have ruined the world and that women should overthrow society and eliminate the male sex.
Guess if you eliminate the male sex then us women won’t have to worry about shaving!

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Leftwing Professor Convicted of Raping 13-Month-Old Baby

I’ve had this post in my draft folder for days because I couldn’t bring myself to finish it as the subject is so repugnant and evil.
Last week in San Francisco, a “Progressive” college professor pleaded guilty to charges of having sexually abused raped a 13-month-old baby — with the mother’s consent and facilitation — and was sentenced to federal prison for a term of at least 30 years.

Convicted pedophile, former California assistant professor Kenneth Kyle

As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle’s ace crime reporter Henry K. Lee, May 26, 2011:

“Kenneth Kyle, 47, of San Francisco, who had been an assistant professor of  public affairs and administration at Cal State East Bay in Hayward for four  years, admitted in U.S. District Court that he crossed state lines in August 2009 to have sexual contact with a minor.

The federal grand jury indictment did not identify the minor. But another indictment in St. Louis accuses Kyle and Tessa VanVlerah, 21, of Ballwin, Mo., of molesting VanVlerah’s 13-month-old daughter, with the mother’s consent.

Kyle resigned from the university last year. VanVlerah is also facing state and federal child molestation and child pornography charges in California and Missouri.

Kyle’s plea agreement with prosecutors calls for a 30-year sentence, the  minimum set by law, said defense lawyer David Bigeleisen. U.S. District Judge  Jeffrey White will decide whether to accept that agreement at a sentencing hearing scheduled for Aug. 11.”

Metapedia, the alternative encyclopedia, provides more details:

Kenneth Kyle and Tessa Van Vlerah, 20, from Missouri were arrested for allegedly raping and sodomizing a 13-month-old girl and taking pictures of the acts. He is facing multiple felony charges; statutory rape in the first degree, first degree statutory sodomy and promoting child pornography in the first degree. Kyle was arrested Monday the 23 of March 2010 at San Francisco International Airport, after returning from Europe. Kyle made several trips to St. Louis over the past year to visit Van Vlerah. They would allegedly go to near by motels and engage in sex acts with the baby. This started when the baby was just five months old.

Then Metapedia gives an account of Kyle’s academic employment history.
I had thought it odd that a 47-year-old man could have an academic rank of “assistant professor,” which is a junior rank typical of young, fresh-out-of-grad-school Ph.D.s. (The more senior titles are “associate professor” and “full professor”.) Metapedia’s account, however, fills in the missing years.
Before Kyle came to his junior professorship at Cal State East Bay, he had held these positions:

  • Program coordinator for Arizona State University’s International Student Office.
  • Tenured Associate Professor of Sociology at Penn State University, Harrisburg.
  • Coordinator of the International Cultural Center and Acting Assistant Director of the International Student Office, Louisiana State University.

For Kyle to leave a tenured Associate Professorship at Penn State U. to step down to a non-tenured Assistant Professorship at Cal State East Bay suggests he was fired from Penn State. Tenured faculty get fired only for reasons that are extremely compelling — and those reasons, sadly, have little or nothing to do with their teaching competence or research productivity. Universities get rid of a tenured faculty member only for reasons of grave moral misconduct, such as being falling down drunk or sexual misconduct that makes the university legally liable.
In Kyle’s case, whatever the misconduct that got him dismissed from his tenured associate professorship at Penn State evidently was hushed up, because he then was hired by Cal State East Bay. Even if his records were sealed at Penn State, Cal State should not have hired him. I’ve sat on countless search committees in my academic career, and someone who left a tenured post for a non-tenured junior professorship would ring so many alarm bells, my head would still be ringing.
Now, to Kenneth Kyle’s Marxist political/ideological orientation.
Metapedia tells us that Kyle got his Ph.D. in Justice Studies (interdisciplinary program in law and the social sciences) and an M.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University, and that his specialty is “the application of critical theories such as Critical Literary Theory, Feminism, Frankfurt School, Critical Theory, and Marxism to specific social problems and public policy.”
Critical theory,” “Feminism,” “Frankfurt School” and, of course, “Marxism” are all academic code-words pointing to a decided left-wing orientation. To be certain that I’m not falsely characterizing him, I undertook some digging around on the net.
In 2005, when he was still an Associate Professor at Penn State, Kyle was the editor of Social Problems Forum, the official newsletter of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP). In the Fall 2005 issue of Social Problems Forum, Kyle described himself as follows (p. 18):

“My research and teaching interests revolve around the application of critical social theory to address social injustices.”

“Social justice” is another of those code words that directly points to a Marxist leftwing orientation. If you need more confirmation, here is an excerpt from his “A Note From the Editor”:

“This issue of Social Problems Forum: The SSSP Newsletter marks a number of important changes for the SSSP and for society generally…. And at a more personal level, it marks the passing of New Orleans, my hometown, from a city rich in cultural heritage but racial and class-based inequality, and ambiguous sexual and gender relations, to something yet to be determined.”

Kyle’s rape and sodomy of a baby, beginning when the infant was only 5 months old, is so horrific that it defies any sane person’s comprehension.

Tessa Van Vlerah, the sodomized baby’s mother

How can an adult man find a 5-month-old baby the object of his lust? How can this be about sex? And to make matters even more horrifying, how can the mother, 20-year-old Tessa Van Vlerah, consent to and facilitate the rape of her own baby by this monster?

This is the kind of incomprehensible evil that makes accounts and claims of Satanic ritual abuse of children entirely credible….
Alas, Kenneth Kyle is but the overt symptom of a new perversity in academe. In his 2002 article for the Newhouse News Service, “Controversial Studies Push Change in Society’s View of Pedophilia,” Mark O’Keefe sounded this warning:

Sex between adults and children has been a societal taboo so strong that it’s considered one of our few unquestioned moral principles. But arguments have emerged in academic journals, books and online that at least some such sex should be acceptable, especially when children consent to it.

Those making the case aren’t just fringe groups, such as the North American Man-Boy Love Association, but a handful of academics at mainstream universities.

Members of this school of thought stress that they don’t condone coercing children into sex, and that they are not pro-pedophilia, as the term is commonly understood. But several contend that minors are capable of agreeing to and even initiating sex with adults.

These academics seek to change the language, moving away from “pedophilia,” which often evokes a charged negative response…. In its place would be more neutral terms such as “intergenerational sex” or “adult-child sex.”

With more research, some scholars say, it may be only a matter of time before modern society accepts adult-child sex, just as it has learned to accept premarital sex and homosexual sex.

“Children are the last bastion of the old sexual morality,” wrote one of the trailblazers for this view, Harris Mirkin, an associate professor of political science at the University of Missouri-Kansas City….

Mirkin, whose academic specialty is the politics of sex, wrote in a 1999 article published in The Journal of Homosexuality that society perceives youths as seduced, abused victims and not “partners or initiators or willing participants” in sex with adults, “even if they are hustlers.”

In an interview, Mirkin said the outrage surrounding the Roman Catholic Church’s pedophilia scandal illustrates how the public views acts of intergenerational contact as “one big blur” of child abuse when it’s likely “very, very mild stuff.”

“We say if someone touches or molests or diddles or whatever a kid it will ruin the rest of their life. I don’t believe it. I think kids are more likely to laugh at it more than anything else — unless the whole culture says this is the most horrible thing that can happen to you.”

Can America sink any lower? Sadly, the answer is yes.
God help us, please….

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