• Fri, Mar 9 2012

Students Don’t Take Their Professor Siding With Rush Limbaugh Sitting Down

Rush LimbaughThe nation sure did a double-take when Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” for engaging in civil discourse on a hotly debated topic, despite that he is hardly the first the public commentator to degrade women who disagree with them. The story has caused nearly everyone from President Obama to many American parents to think about misogyny and the consequences of anyone, regardless of their position, calling their daughter a “slut.” But I’m happy to report that this consideration of sexually-charged insults at girls and women is being considered by some of our kids too. Because when Professor Steven Landsburg at University of Rochester blogged about how he agreed with Rush Limbaugh’s take on the Sandra Fluke debacle, 30 of his students protested.

Think Progress reports that the professor wrote:

“Her position — which is what’s at issue here — deserves [no respect] whatsoever. It deserves to only be ridiculed, mocked and jeered. To treat it with respect would be a travesty.” He said he did not agree with Limbaugh’s use of the word of “slut” to describe Fluke, but said “prostitute” was mostly fair, while a “extortionist” was even better.

In protest to the economics professor’s agreement with Rush Limbaugh, 30 students silently stood up and created a line between Professor Landsburg and the class. Nevertheless, he reportedly kept lecturing, but dismissed class five minutes early. Security officers were present during the protest but took no action towards the students. Prior to the class, students handed out fliers that read:

“We denounce professor Steven Landsburg’s attempt to smear a gender with derogatory terms.”

The flier further says, “We are dismayed that a fully tenured academic would so carelessly sully our fine institution’s name.”

Joel Seligman, University of Rochester’s president, also released a statement that read:

 “I am outraged that any professor would demean a student in this fashion. To openly ridicule, mock, or jeer a student in this way is about the most offensive thing a professor can do. We are here to educate, to nurture, to inspire, not to engage in character assassination.”

Professor Landsburg may disagree with the third-year law student, as some clearly do. However, Rush didn’t go after Sandra Fluke’s position when he lacerated her for three days comparing her to a sex worker and demanding that her sex tapes be put online in exchange for what she was advocating — he was going after her gender. Although both men may find that her position “deserves [no respect] whatsoever,” one would hope that she, as a vocal citizen, does. Going after her with words like “slut” and “prostitute” dismiss her ideas and participation not because they lack merit, but because she’s a lady. Cutting right to her gender with such slanderous terminology is a lazy way to discredit her without engaging with her argument at all. And it seems like for 30 students at University of Rochester, they expect their professors to be able to tell the difference.

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  • Thomas More

    Your the one who is twisting and misrepresenting what Rush and this teacher are talking about. I might be overestimating you though and this sophomoric liberal crap is your best stuff. What’s at the core is a out of control executive branch throwing the constitution in the trash and mandating a religious institution act against its firmest beliefs. This dog and pony smoke show is merely a diversion.

  • Brandy

    Her name is Sandra. It would be great if you could correct this error as you’ve misstated her name repeatedly throughout the article.

  • James

    Sandra IS a Whore/Slut.. by her OWN WORDS.. We have a RIGHT in this Country to say whatever we want.. no matter if people dont LIKE it .. agree with it or want to hear it.. we have that right. So what, it was a personal attack.. oh well.. people need to realize we HAVE THIS RIGHT. If she (Sandra) is mad, let her SUE him.. if not.. then STFU.. Damn liberals think they can STIFLE people’s rights.. BS.

    • James

      BTW.. just like MY comment.. you may not like it or agree with it.. Who cares? Its my OPINION… and my RIGHT to say it. You have your own as well.. Go for it.

    • Matt R

      You have a right to your opinion, but if I think you’re an idiotic troglodyte who is too misinformed to be contributing to the national discourse, then that’s mine and I have a right to it. Furthermore, don’t expect me to subsidize that kind of behavior by sponsoring your radio show, and if you’re a professor at a college to which I am paying tuition, I will be openly questioning the institution as to whether that sort of blatant misogyny is something that they want represented among their faculty.

      That’s how free speech works.

  • The Mommy Psychologist

    How would you feel if it was your own daughter he was referring to?

    “The child psychologist who thought she had all the answers to parenting until she became one herself.” http://www.themommypsychologist.com

  • Jcf

    The incident happened at the University of Rochester.

    Rochester University is not a place.

    However, great points.

    • Koa Beck

      Thank you for clarifying Jcf!