An article from Reason dot com, which appears to be a right-leaning site, reports:
Reed college is an American liberal arts college. They had a film screening of Boys Don’t Cry, which the director of the film, lesbian Kimberly Peirce, attended.
According to Reason dot com:
“The students hurled a litany of insults at Peirce, putting up posters that read “fuck your transphobia” and “you don’t fucking get it” among other things. Worse, when Peirce ascended to her podium, students had placed a sign there. It read “fuck this cis white bitch.” That Peirce is actually gender-fluid is quite beside the point.
The students’ unbelievable rudeness crossed the line into a kind of censorship when Peirce tried to speak: the students simply shouted over her. Eventually they let her talk, but some students continued to yell things like “fuck your respectability politics” and “fuck you scared bitch.”
This sort of behaviour from trans activists has been noted before. Particularly, at the Women Speak Out conference in June of this year, trans activists shouted down a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, a black woman and a lesbian as they tried to talk about how to balance women’s rights with trans’ rights in the bathroom debate. They simply would not let them speak at all, the room was a cacophony of sound. It’s clear that when SJW types talk about “intersectionality,” what they actually mean is “my way or the highway.”
“Reed College, by the way charges, $50,000 a year for tuition. The opportunity to scream insults at a queer film director whose perspective is mildly different from today’s leftist students is certainly an expensive privilege.”
Indeed. I hate to call these people leftists, because they are actually over-privileged, overly dramatic stupid wankers who couldn’t possibly organize anything constructive to help marginalized people. This is NOT my idea of what the left is.
A blog post on Bully Bloggers also documented the protest. A commenter on that post who claims to be a student at Reed wrote that Peirce “engaged in a hostile interaction with students” and that she “refused to acknowledge certain protesters when they spoke or raised their hands, until a protester became frustrated and shouted at her.” This commenter doesn’t acknowledge that the students brought the hostility with them in the first place with their posters that said things like “Fuck this cis white bitch.”
A commenter who claims to be a teacher at Reed says: “I am intimidated by these students. I am scared to teach courses on race, gender, or sexuality, or even texts that bring these issues up in any way–and I am a gay mixed-race woman.”
This sort of behaviour by university students is shocking. I would hate to be in university right now, where liberals have somehow turned into fascists, and no one is allowed to step outside the party line. Even people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and from racial minority groups can get harassed and verbally abused by people who are purported to be fighting against discrimination.
If you attend an event where you don’t agree with the speaker, a civilized person will sit and listen and then voice their disagreement using evidence to back up their claims. This tactic of showing up and shouting at people is immature, embarrassing, and unproductive.
People have all different opinions and beliefs, and we should value learning different perspectives and learning ways to argue and win based on facts and evidence. We should be willing to listen to people we disagree with, even if it’s only for the purpose of explaining why we disagree. I hate to see the state of discourse at the university level devolving into a Tumblr-style shouting match.