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A statue of Benjamin Franklin at the University of Pennsylvania was apparently used as a urinal for some drunk undergrad, prompting outrage from a fellow student from the Republic of Macedonia who observed the indecent behavior.

Stefan Ivanovski, a graduate student in the school of design, wrote an op-ed in The Daily Pennsylvanian student newspaper that Franklin – who founded UPenn – is a revered academic role model, one he hopes to emulate when he returns to his home country to help create and sustain economic viability there.

That’s why Ivanovski said he was insulted and furious at what he witnessed.

“This Saturday night, I was confronted with an image of appalling proportions,” he wrote in his Sept. 29 op-ed. “As I was coming back to my apartment after meeting with a friend, I biked past the Benjamin Franklin statue seated on a bench right by Locust Walk. I was shocked to see a drunk, American college-aged male urinating on Benjamin Franklin’s statue, while his friend was checking his phone, waiting for him as if nothing unusual was happening. When I asked him what he was doing, he just told me to ‘shake it off,’ and he continued about his business. I was outraged, so I immediately phoned public safety to report the incident.”

Ivanovski went on to note that, for one, it’s gross and unsanitary behavior for a popular campus bench, one on which many a picture is snapped.

“Second of all,” he added, “I am not an American and I felt disgusted that somebody would show disrespect to Benjamin Franklin and everything he embodies. I really look up to Benjamin Franklin for the legacy he has established. He is a true role model for me (as I assume he is for many others). I aspire to leave a legacy like he did, so this is why I felt very offended on a personal level.”

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University of Pennsylvania associate professor of religious studies Anthea Butler, who infamously called God a “white racist” after George Zimmerman was found not guilty, made another round of controversial statements over the weekend, saying she can’t get fired thanks to tenure and that she was “coming after the god they worship … white supremacy.”

The Ivy League professor made her comments while serving Saturday on a panel at the Harlem Book Fair, which CSPAN filmed and posted online.

The panel, called ”The New Jerusalem: Black Life, The Church, and the Struggle for American Democracy,” was focused on religion, political activism and the “black church,” and included several African-American pastors, scholars and authors.

Forty minutes into the nearly 90-minute panel, Butler – who described herself as a “progressive Christian,” cited the recent controversy and the sharp criticisms it generated:

I got attacked by the right.  I got attacked by Fox, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh — I’m saying all you all’s names out loud — Daily Caller. All of them, they came at me this week. I didn’t have no church people to clean up my Twitter feed.  These people call me the B, the C, everything else they could call me except a child of God. Okay?  And why did they do that?  Because I had the nerve to critique this American god. Small G now. Not big G. But they like, ‘Oh, no! You comin’ after God!’

But, see, I was coming after their god. I was not coming after the God of the scriptures, the God that we know, of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I was coming after the god they worship, Mammon; the god they worship, racism; the god they worship, white supremacy. …. Thank God I got a great institution that takes care of me.  I have tenure. I can’t get fired. (At which point the audience clapped).

And for the people that e-mailed … to try and get me off this panel: I hope you enjoyed the show.

Rush Limbaugh, who aired her comments Monday, said during his show in response to being called out by Butler that after a detailed search his staff could find no proof of her being called a “B” or “C” word, adding: “Anyway, this woman, she’s just as most liberals are, just filled with rage and anger.”

Limbaugh went on to note:

It’s impossible for her to be happy. She’s gotta corrupt. She’s gotta pollute. She has to twist minds. She has to revise history to make her feel worthwhile, I guess.  She went on to say that all of us white racists out there, we misunderstood what she was attacking. She was just attacking our god, not the God.  She was just attacking the god of all the white racists out there. And there’s nothing we can do about it ’cause she’s got tenure. Here’s the last sound bite, Anthea Butler, professorette at the University of Pennsylvania, or whatever they call it. …

You know, I never heard of this, the god of racism? Have you ever heard of Mammon? Do you know what that is? Snerdley, what is Mammon? The god of Mammon is the god of white racism? And that’s who we supposedly worship. All we did was react to what this professor said in her rage and her anger. But then she flips everybody off: you can’t do anything about it because I have tenure. Mammon is material wealth or greed.  Mammon is personified as a deity, the god of wealth and greed and so forth. Never heard of it. Anyway, I don’t know how much you spend to send your kids to this school, but it’s a waste of money if your kid’s taking a course taught by this woman.

Click here to read more from Limbaugh on the subject.

Click here to watch a video of the panel discussion during which Butler made her recent comments.

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Women think they will find the same fulfillment men do in a job instead of a family, though the majority do not. In the realm of sexuality, women have also made an attempt follow in the footsteps of men.

An emerging and troubling trend is female college students who not only engage in casual hookups, but do so with the specific intent of staying unattached.

For an innocuous hook-up to happen as the result of alcohol, or in the aftermath of the dizzying excitement of a party, is standard. Maybe that’s not reassuring, but those sorts of encounters are not novel.

But for women to go to college and consider the men there only for the purposes of casual sex – that is new and frightening.

It’s one of the more startling aspects of the recent New York Times feature “Sex on Campus: She Can Play That Game, Too,” a lengthy piece published last weekend that chronicled the sexual activities of more than 60 female University of Pennsylvania students during the last school year.

These Penn women cited many reasons for keeping things casual. Some said it was a matter of time: they were so busy with school, work, and clubs that there was simply no time to invest in creating a healthy relationship.

But of course, there is time if you make time. If fostering a relationship were as important to these women as their careers, they would carve time out for one. This answer reveals something deeper – that women’s priorities have changed. They rank professional success over having a family.

It’s sad, because women have bought the line that their fulfillment comes from work. It’s simply not true: for the majority of women, their happiness will come when they have a husband and children to care for. But because women so badly want to emulate men, they imagine they will find fulfillment in the same places. Unfortunately, most women do not, and they end up feeling empty.

Some women said that the uncertainty post-graduation is what kept them from establishing a solid relationship. They do not know where they will move for a job or graduate school, and they worry about the strain it would cause.

One female co-ed told the Times such uncertainty is “just too much to even ask anyone to commit to.”

A person who says that has completely missed the essence of a relationship, which is something two people work on, and that sometimes involve sacrifices.

It seems women today expect the perfect man to be ready for them after they graduate. This would explain the female student who said of college relationships: “I don’t want to go through those changes with you. I want you to have changed and become enough of your own person so that when you meet me, we can have a stable life and be very happy.”

This view is not wholly realistic. Even if the man and woman are settled, a lot is going to change and need to be worked on, just by the nature of it being a relationship. But unfortunately, young people nowadays expect life to be handed to them ready-to-go. Work is a thing to be avoided at all costs – except as it applies to women working over creating a family. (Follow the logic? Me neither.)

The oddest reason that the women at Penn gave for avoiding commitment was “they assumed someone better would always come along.”

I wonder if they apply the same logic to any internship or job offer they might get. Imagine the conversation with friends. “Yeah, they offered me a paid internship and said there was the possibility of getting a full-time job afterward. But I turned them down, because something better might come along.”  Her friends would probably slap her and tell her that she’s crazy to pass up such an opportunity.

So why is the attitude toward committed relationships so skewed?

Is it just that the sex is so good? It must be for the women who admitted that she and her hook-up buddy “don’t really like each other in person, sober…we literally can’t sit down and have coffee.” So plain sex with no attachments is okay, because you’re a woman! You’re strong! And if men can do this thing, this casual sex thing and be happy, then so can you!

It’s sad. It’s all just sad. Who is being honest with these women, and all other women at universities around the country? Who tells us that we won’t be happy this way, that (for most of us) our families and homes will bring us the greatest joy? The number of people doing so is dwindling. And it does not bode well for the future of womanhood.

The feminist movement hates male, chauvinist pigs so much that they want to be exactly like them.

Fix contributor Emily Yavitch is a student at San Diego State University.

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The New York Times has published a lengthy feature titled “Sex on Campus: She Can Play That Game, Too,” a quasi-investigative piece that chronicled the sexual activities and proclivities of more than 60 female University of Pennsylvania students during the last school year.

The article, probably inadvertently, illustrated something that has become increasingly clear about the modern campus hook-up culture: women sell themselves far too short.

The anecdotal lede for the nearly 5,000-word report describes an ambitious female student who says the guy with which she engages in casual trysts isn’t fit to hold a conversation with her, and she can’t even have sex with him without a few drinks.

“We don’t really like each other in person, sober,” the UPenn student told The New York Times, adding “we literally can’t sit down and have coffee.”

The article included several other choice examples of female co-eds apparently oblivious of their own self-worth. They’ll suck guys off after a party just so they can go home, or get drunk in order to go through with having sex with random guys, the Times reported.

Studies show men could care less about pleasing women during one-night stands, the article points out, yet female students treat the encounters as if they’re a benefit of some sort.

(Interestingly enough, these female students who claim they find nothing wrong with their sexual behavior declined to have their names published.)

The article reports most female students who engage in random romps say they do it because they’re too busy for love or relationships as they cram for classes, join student clubs, undertake ambitious internships and so on.

I, and many others, say these young girls are only fooling themselves.

The article fails to mention pregnancy and abortion, or the prevalence of STDs, or whether any of these girls insist on protection, especially when it comes to all the apparent blow jobs they’re doling out.

It does cite the prevalence of alcohol consumption linked with these casual hook ups, however, and the rising tide of alcohol-fueled sexual assaults. The article also mentions not all female students feel the same way their “enlightened” female peers do.

“Others longed for boyfriends and deeper attachment,” the New York Times reported. “Some women described a dangerous edge to the hookup culture, of sexual assaults and degrading encounters enabled by drinking and distinguished by a lack of emotional connection.”

And although the article’s author did not specifically connect why this set of more cautious female students face such unhappy situations, the piece did in fact answer that matter elsewhere, noting:

“Nationally, women now outnumber men in college enrollment by 4 to 3 and outperform them in graduation rates and advanced degrees. Some researchers have argued that the gender imbalance fosters a culture of hooking up because men, as the minority, hold more power in the sexual marketplace, and they prefer casual sex to long-term relationships.”

Of course men prefer casual sex, and they get it from all too willing females on campus, as these misguided gals sure do “play that game, too,” as the headline noted. Unfortunate and sad.

If you want to read the whole piece, click here. Or, here are a few interesting snippets:

… Until recently, those who studied the rise of hookup culture had generally assumed that it was driven by men, and that women were reluctant participants, more interested in romance than in casual sexual encounters. But there is an increasing realization that young women are propelling it, too. …

“It’s kind of like a spiral,” she said. “The girls adapt a little bit, because they stop expecting that they’re going to get a boyfriend — because if that’s all you’re trying to do, you’re going to be miserable. But at the same time, they want to, like, have contact with guys.” So they hook up and “try not to get attached.”

… Women said universally that hookups could not exist without alcohol, because they were for the most part too uncomfortable to pair off with men they did not know well without being drunk. One girl, explaining why her encounters freshman and sophomore year often ended with fellatio, said that usually by the time she got back to a guy’s room, she was starting to sober up and didn’t want to be there anymore, and giving the guy oral sex was an easy way to wrap things up and leave.

In November of Haley’s freshman year, a couple of months after her first tentative “Difmos,” or dance-floor makeouts, she went to a party with a boy from her floor. She had too much to drink, and she remembered telling him that she wanted to go home.

Instead, she said, he took her to his room and had sex with her while she drifted in and out of consciousness. She woke up with her head spinning. The next day, not sure what to think about what had happened, she described the night to her friends as though it were a funny story: I was so drunk, I fell asleep while I was having sex! She played up the moment in the middle of the night when the guy’s roommate poked his head in the room and asked, “Yo, did you score?”

Only later did Haley begin to think of what had happened as rape — a disturbingly common part of many women’s college experience. …

… A friend of hers, Kristy, shared a story about a different kind of coercion. She had been making out with a guy at his house, not sure how far she wanted to go, when he stood up and told her, “Get down on your knees.”

At first she froze. “I was really taken aback, because I was like, no one has ever said that to me before,” she said. Then he said something like, ” ‘I think that’s fair,’ ” she recalled. When she still hesitated, he pushed her down.

“It was at that point that I was like, ‘I’ll just do it,’ ” she said. “I was like, ‘ “It will be over soon enough.’ “

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Jennifer Kabbany is associate editor of The College Fix.

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A University of Pennsylvania professor claims Republicans stand against late-term abortion because of a “fear of the end of whiteness.”

Newsmax reports:

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted Tuesday to ban all abortions after 20 weeks of  pregnancy. It was seen as a symbolic vote since it is unlikely to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate or be signed by President Barack Obama.

But discussing the vote on MSNBC recently, University of Pennsylvania professor Salamisha Tillet went a step further, suggesting racism motivates abortion opponents.

The white majority in America has been decreasing, Tillet noted, resulting in “a moral panic, a fear of the end of whiteness.”

She said Republican opposition to abortion is a response to that, and that “women’s bodies, white women’s bodies in particular, are a crucial way of reproducing whiteness, white supremacy, white privilege.”

So who is Tillet, and why should we care?

Tillet is shaping the hearts and minds of students through the classes she teaches as an associate professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also has a secondary appointment in the Department of Africana Studies and is a core teaching and faculty member of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies.

Young, impressionable minds hear Tillet’s point of view on race and gender all semester long, and it’s not a stretch to assume the opinions she proffered on national television are similar to the ones she gives inside her Africana and women’s studies classes. And then we wonder why the GOP is seen as bad guys by college-aged voters?

Interestingly enough, the counterpoint guest to Tillet was Kristen Powers, who “said Tillet’s argument made no sense, considering black women get 40 percent of the abortions in the United States despite the black population being only 13 percent,” Newsmax reported.

But do you think those stats make it inside Tillet’s classroom? Do we even have to ask?

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The latest column from Julie Baumgardner, president of First Things First, offers a great summary of how porn is destroying men, based on the research from Dr. Phil Zimbardo, a psychology professor at Stanford University, as well as Dr. Gary Wilson, who has studied the neuroscience behind porn watching.

The long and the short of it – porn causes: Erectile dysfunction. Depression. Social anxiety. Severe memory impairment. The list goes on and on, really.

Baumgardner writes:

“Dr. Phil Zimbardo, a psychology professor at Stanford University, discussed the demise of guys, stating that boys are flaming out academically and wiping out socially with girls and sexually with women.

… According to Wilson, most boys seek porn by age 10, when they are driven by a brain that is suddenly fascinated by sex. Thanks to high-speed Internet, a boy has access to unending novelty. With each new image, his brain releases dopamine. As long as a guy can keep clicking, he will keep going.

Eventually his brain wires itself to everything associated with porn such as: Being alone, constant clicking, voyeurism, shock and surprise. This conflicts with learning about real sex, which involves interaction with a real person, courtship, commitment, touching, being touched and emotional connection.

In 2009, a Canadian researcher attempting to conduct research on the impact of porn could not find any college males who weren’t using porn and therefore had no control group for his research. He asked 20 male students who had been using porn for at least a decade if they thought porn was affecting them or their relationships with women. All said they didn’t think so. However, many of these males were dealing with social anxiety, performance anxiety, depression and concentration problems.

“Of all the activities on the Internet, porn has the most potential to be addictive,” said Wilson. “Everything in the porn user’s life is boring except porn.”

Interestingly, there are thousands of men, young and old, who are giving up porn because it is killing their sexual performance.

… Wilson said “widespread youthful erectile dysfunction has never been seen before. This is the only symptom that gets their attention.”

Meanwhile, at universities across the country, porn is heralded as something to be cherished, enjoyed, admired. Consider these stories from The College Fix, all published within the last two months:

* Washington University in St. Louis hosted a panel of porn stars who talked to students about what it’s like to work in the industry, and spoke on their most interesting sexual experiences, among other topics. Click here to read.

* As part of the University of Chicago’s inaugural “sex week,” the school flew in Axel Braun, the director of more than 400 pornographic films, for a Q-and-A. The school also screened one of his films, “Star Wars XXX: A Porn Parody.” Click here to read.

* In a talk advertised by the University of Missouri and well-attended by college students, a “crowdsourced porn” entrepreneur recruited college students to join the online movement, telling them it’s an easy way to make a few bucks and pay down student loans. Click here to read.

* University of Pennsylvania has become the latest Ivy League school to offer “Sex Week” to its students, and its inaugural foray boasted workshops with a porn peddler, exotica writer, vibrator aficionado, orgasm expert, and masturbation tutorial, among other events. Click here to read.

* A Pasadena City College class called “Navigating Pornography” is devoted entirely to studying porn. Click here to read.

It’s too bad colleges and academics don’t spent as much time studying the negative ramifications of porn addiction as they do shoving it down kids’ throats.

Jennifer Kabbany is associate editor of The College Fix.

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