Is Devos Adding Sapphires to a Cow Pie?
The more I read of Betsy Devos’s new regulations for Title IX the angrier I get. I had assumed she was going to strengthen the due process rights of the accused and she indeed has succeeded in doing that. However, there’s more.
First thing is that the educational system is no place to adjudicate. Period. I remember fondly when my daughter was young and would play with her best friend. Many of those times they would play house or even play as if they were running a restaurant. They had a great time and would enlist other family members to be a part of this play. It was adorable. But we knew they were playing and didn’t expect them to run a restaurant. Similarly, today, we are letting our educational system play cops and judges. Like my daughter, they are not trained or experienced in this. They have advanced degrees in education. They spent years learning the tools of their trade and that is why we enlist them to educate our children. Yes, they are trained to be teachers but have little or no training in the myriad of areas needed to be a policeman, a lawyer or judge. All of these professions have their own extensive training. We don’t expect plumbers to be our chefs and we don’t expect our dentists to run our nuclear power plants. Our police cannot be expected to teach 4th grade and our educators cannot be expected to do the many any and varied things that our police and judicial systems do. They are trained to educate not adjudicate.
Now the real question is why would any sane government ask a large group of professionals to play act the roles of completely different professions? The answer is simple. This has been an epic failure of our government to say no to feminists. As feminists took over the educational system they demanded more and more as feminists are wont to do. They carried in their hatred towards the nuclear family and towards men as being the root of that. And what better way to extend that hatred towards males then to have power and control over them and pathologize them with dire consequences. And what happened? The legislators simply gave them what they wanted. Here, have this power and become the police. Here’s take this power and become the legal system. Oh, and you can be the prosecutor, judge and jury and just don’t worry bout the defense attorney. No training necessary and no accountability. That is optional. Feminists have a huge bias against men. That is putting it mildly. They are asking publicly now what reasons do they have to not hate men and we are letting this group determine the fate of our young men? This is insane. We have failed to say no to feminists and the price we pay is we throw our young men under the bus.
This feminist bias and hatred has led to the rape of men’s due process and the shaming of men and boys at every step. At the same time feminists have painted the girls as victims. And just how do they do this? One of their tactics is using language. An example is how they label the accuser the “Survivor” and label the accused, well, the accused or the perpetrator. See how that works? One gets a positive spin who is deserving of compassion while the other needs to be suspected at best. Not only that but the word survivor carries the assumption that this person has experienced something traumatic and of course, if the accuser has experienced a trauma that means the accused must be guilty, right? This has created a huge mess. The default attitudes towards coeds and males has shifted with the later accumulating huge amounts of negative judgements. Males are even required to go to freshman workshops informing them that that they are dangerous and need to control their violence towards the girls. Remember, these are all boys who had it drilled in their heads to “never hit a girl” and very few of them would ever dream of being violent with women. In fact the majority of them would likely put themselves in harms way in order to protect women. But these facts don’t stop the freight train of feminist hatred. Our young men have been consistently falsely accused. They have suffered, been thrown out of school, been shamed and blamed and blackballed and expelled. This is what we get for not saying no to those who hate.
So what does Devos do? She goes along with the language of the hateful feminists and repeatedly refers to “Survivors.” Now wait a minute. If you experienced the Pompei volcano and lived to talk about it, you are a survivor. If you were lucky enough to be in a lifeboat after the sinking of Titanic then you are a survivor. If you made it out of the camps of Dachau then you are a survivor. But if someone touches your breast without asking, you are NOT a survivor. Nor are you a survivor simply because you accuse. The sad fact is that DeVos used the word “survivor” 357 times in her new regulations.
Feminists have massaged the language in order to paint the picture of women and girls being victimized while the boys and men are the perps and Devos is playing right along. No court of law or even a police station would label the accuser a “survivor.” Even after a trial showed that the accuser was indeed victimized there would never be any label saying this person was a “survivor.” This is pure propaganda and spin and DeVos is lapping it up.
I don’t want to appear to say that DeVos has done nothing. Far from it. She has taken a very bad situation that has resulted from our incapacity to say no to the bigots, and has created and tried to make it more just. She is bringing due process back into the picture, she is scaling down the definitions in order to avoid crazy insinuations of abuse due to what would normally be considered free speech. She has forced the bigots to cease their habit of having only one person be in charge and that same person to pass judgement on the outcome. She is forcing live hearings where the accused is able to question the accuser. She has this and much more.
I suppose I am appreciative but the bottom line is when you put sapphires on a cow pie it doesn’t make it jewelry.
Men are good.