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You’ve heard of the “Greatest Generation?” Contemporary college students may become known as the “Hypersensitive Generation.” (Or, the “Lamest Generation.”)

A new study by Harvard’s Voices of Diversity project discovered that “women and minorities still face prejudice and discrimination,” but usually manifested as “microaggressions.”

But, of course!

Researchers conducted interviews and surveys with students at four colleges and — get this — “students at each school reported instances of discrimination.”

Huff Post College reports:

These are microaggressions — subtle digs and biases — that permeate the culture. They could include something like a man rolling his eyes when a woman speaks, or people not wanting to be in study groups with those of different races.

Students said they also notice that white male students are called on in class more often than other students.

“I have to stop and think sometimes, ‘Are they being racist? Or, is that just how they act? Or, are they just not being friendly because they’re having a bad day?'” Raymond, an African-American respondent, said in the report.

Students often do not want to call people out for microaggressions for fear of losing friends or creating more hostile environments, the report says. Students also don’t always know which institutions at their schools they can report these instances to.

There have been many studies that show this type of everyday discrimination hinders academic performance.

“Can you imagine taking an exam when you’ve got all this turmoil inside?” Caplan said.

The study found that women and minorities are made to feel like they do not belong on the campus — for example, that they only got in thanks to affirmative action. Anthony, an African-American senior at the Ivy university, said he notices “a slight raising of the eyebrows, or eyes following you in the dining hall.”

Women “are made to feel like they do not belong” …? Like, how?  They’ve made up fifty-seven percent of the college population since 2000.

Yet, this is somehow immaterial to study lead author Paula Caplan.

“When you get into one of these high-status universities, and you’re a woman, you are made to feel so lucky to be there,” Caplan said. “But you look around, and guess what? A vast majority of the professors are still men. They’re still white men.”

There’s also a lack of diversity in course materials. Outside of classes about women or different cultures, you’d be hard-pressed to find course materials written by anyone other than white men, respondents in the study said.

“It’s not that there’s anything wrong with what white men say,” Caplan clarified, “but when there’s nothing on the syllabus by anybody who’s in the group you are in — either in race or sex — with that absence, you don’t have role models, you don’t have people who were treated in similar ways.”

Only on an American campus can one feel “out of place” despite being part of the majority — because “someone like you” didn’t author some of your course materials.

The study recommends the establishment of “a mandatory class about the effects of discrimination and stereotyping in its most modern form.”

Why stop there? Why not recommend that there be a proportionate racial/ethnic/gender distribution of faculty, staff, student population and syllabus materials?

Of course, that would mean cutting back on the number of female students on campus. But we all know that would be anathema.

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The student senate at Ohio University could look more like the parliament in a country coming out of deep ethnic and gender strife, under resolutions that would add new slots for senators from certain communities – notably, “women’s affairs.”

The Post reports that the senate is prepping for spring elections:

As decided by conversation at last week’s meeting, Minority Affairs, International Affairs, LGBTQ and Women’s Affairs commissions will all receive additional senators to better represent their populations on campus, if their respective resolutions are passed.

Minority Affairs, International Affairs and LGBTQ commissions could gain two senators, while Women’s Affairs could gain four, said Caitlyn McDaniel, senate’s vice president.

Each of these commissions could have four voting spots, if approved by the body. The Women’s Affairs commission could have six.

In other words, “women’s affairs” would have three times the representation it currently has. It’s not obvious there’s any parallel commission for “men’s affairs” on the sadly uninformative senate website.

Not just any women, though, McDaniel says:

“We have a lot of women, and we’ve also decided to mandate that in the [women’s commission] 3 of those positions be held by women from minority groups, whether they be women of color, women with disabilities or differing abilities, or women from LGBTQ community.”

Let me suggest they allow for another minority group within the women’s commission: women who object to current feminist obsessions in academia.

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Ladies: Be wary if your consort states that he’s a fan of the Bill of Rights, especially the First Amendment. For, he might think that it allows him to legally annoy, troll, and intimidate others, especially on the ‘net.

So says Samantha Allen, a doctoral fellow in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. (But of course.)

First (Amendment): This could be a huge warning sign. Trolls cite the First Amendment as frequently as college application essays cite “The Road Not Taken.” They think that it gives them the right to verbally harass, stalk, and threaten whomever they want without any consequences. If your man picks the First Amendment, just ask him to explain what it means. If he thinks it means that “it’s a free country” and “people can say whatever they want,” tell him to go back to the playground he learned his politics from and find a new boyfriend.

In addition, here’s what Allen has to offer up about potential boyfriends and other amendments:

Tenth: Your man is passionate about states’ rights. Racists and homophobes love states’ rights. Be afraid.

Third: If he picks an amendment this useless, you should just dump him anyway even if he’s not a troll.

Second: Run. Seriously, just run! Your man might not be an asshole to people on the Internet because he’s too busy being an open-carrying asshole in real life.

As you might expect, Allen notes that guys who dig the Ninth (abortion rights!) and Eighth (he’s against cruel and unusual punishment!) Amendments are keepers.

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The New Haven Register reports:

Frances Chan says she’s done stuffing her face with ice cream and Cheetos just to make Yale University happy. After months of wrangling, the university finally agrees.

The 20-year-old history major has spent the past few months sparring with Yale’s health center over her low weight. Chan is 5’2” and 92 lbs., and Yale doctors were concerned her health was severely at risk.

She contended that she’s always been very thin, as were her parents and grandparents at her age.

Yet until Friday, Yale had been telling Chan she might be forced to leave school if she didn’t put on some pounds…

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(Via Drudge)

College Fix Spring 2014 fellow Jose Gonzalez reports for Real Clear Politics on the varied life and upbringing of Iowa GOP Senate hopeful, Joni Ernst:

In 1989, a teenage college student from Iowa completed an agricultural exchange on a family farm in the Soviet state of Ukraine. Not surprisingly, as Joni Ernst retells it, the experience gave her a profound new appreciation for her home country — one that has colored her career choices to this day.

“It was just such a difference between the United States and the opportunity we had and what that family had in Ukraine,” she told RealClearPolitics, citing the farm’s lack of basic utilities such as a telephone and running water. (Residents had to use an outhouse behind the chicken coop, and the family shared a single bicycle in the absence of a car. Farm work was done through manual labor, supported by horses and wagons.) “That made such an impression on me when I came back to the United States and it was a matter of ‘Oh, I love my country.’”

Ernst first expressed that love by joining the Army Reserves and the National Guard, and she hopes to express it further by serving in the U.S. Senate. What makes her ambition especially noteworthy is that, should she win the GOP primary on June 3 and the general election in November, Ernst would become the first woman from Iowa to serve in Congress…

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This is a pretty sad statistic I came across recently. According to a recent study, young women leave college with less self-confidence than they had when they started:

The study, administered by the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment at Boston College, examined two surveys: the first of which was taken by students during their freshman year, and the second of which was taken by students exiting their senior year.

Despite reports of high academic achievement, most female students gave themselves weaker self-evaluations in the second survey.

Read more on this story here.

The article/study above says nothing very revealing about the cause of this lack of confidence in college girls. But, I suspect it has something to do with the vastly unequal outcomes men and women typically experience in today’s college Hookup Culture.

But you won’t hear that from a left-leaning academic at BC.

The academic left is firmly committed to the doctrines of sexual liberationist feminism–evidence be damned. They would never admit that our promiscuous sexual culture has a disproportionately negative impact on young women. They have too much vested politically in the myth that there is no significant difference between men and women in the first place.

Admitting that the hookup culture isn’t working out so well for young women today looks too much like admitting weakness to feminists. Although, in reality, it’s nothing of the sort.

So liberal academics will go on doing these kinds of studies about gender issues, self-confidence, etc… eyes half closed all the while to the sexual brokenness of this generation.

Nathan Harden is editor of The College Fix and author of the book SEX & GOD AT YALE: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad.

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