Skip to comments.Of Yale, hookers, and tolerance
Posted on 09/02/2004 8:28:17 AM PDT by outlawcam
Last Sunday, I picked up a copy of Boston Magazine while sitting in the green room at the Fox News studios in Watertown, Mass. Leafing through the publication, I came across an article titled "Confessions of an Ivy League Callgirl," written by Jeannette Angell, a university lecturer with a master's degree from Yale. The fact that she was a Yalie caught my eye -- as a Harvard Law student, I've already adopted our communal animosities -- and so I read the piece.
Apparently, Angell began trading sex for cash after receiving her doctorate in social anthropology. But what was shocking was not Angell's experiences but her insistence that she not be condemned for her actions. "Please don't be so quick to call us hookers, to judge us," she wrote. "We could be your mother, your sister, your girlfriend, your daughter. Even your college professor. No, I take that back. It's not a matter of saying that we could be. We are."
The logic goes something like this: If you have a relative who engages in a sinful act, the act cannot be condemned. After all, blood is thicker than morality, right? Loyalty to the tribe comes before loyalty to moral values.
It's a successful tactic often employed by proponents of liberal social policy. Just this week, Michael Moore wrote in USA Today that most Republicans are actually social liberals. As proof, he cited a supposed interview with a "proud Republican." "Would you discriminate against someone because he or she is gay?" Moore asked the man. "Um, no," the man answered. Moore comments: "The pause -- I get that a lot when I ask this question -- is usually because the average goodhearted person instantly thinks about a gay family member or friend."
Unfortunately, Moore's explanation of moral hesitancy rings true. Social liberals expect to emerge victorious from the culture wars because of conflicting allegiances among social conservatives: allegiances to friends and family, and allegiances to traditional morality.
In order to assuage the moral qualms of conflicted social conservatives, social liberals have created a whole new system of morality. Social liberals redefine right and wrong: It is right to value your friends and family, and wrong to condemn them for moral failings. According to the social left, in any pitched battle between traditional morality and friendship, those who side with traditional morality are morally wrong.
And so tolerance has become the new morality. Those who condemn homosexuality are morally wrong. Those who condemn prostitution are morally wrong. Those who condemn abortion are morally wrong. Tolerance is moral -- and traditional morality is simply intolerant. Moore rips the traditional morality crowd as a bunch of conspiratorial bigots: "Your people are up before dawn figuring out which minority group shouldn't be allowed to marry today."
Socially liberal Republican Sen. Arlen Specter labels traditional morality immoral: "When you talk about gay rights, it's a civil rights issue, and you ought not to count votes on it. In the long sweep of history, those who favor gay rights are on the right side of the issue. It's a matter of moral principle."
The new religion of tolerance provides a slippery slope into moral oblivion. All activity must be tolerated, since sympathy for friends and family trumps traditional morality. With tolerance for sin comes acceptance of sin, and with acceptance, promotion. With Roe vs. Wade, Americans grudgingly tolerated abortion.
With tolerance came acceptance: Those who received abortions were no longer seen as immoral. Instead, they were the moral equals of ordinary mothers. Finally, abortion was promoted as a valuable alternative to pregnancy completion -- and those who condemned abortion were slandered as sinners.
When Republicans passed the partial-birth abortion ban last year, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California complained that such policy was immoral: "What I think is immoral is to take your views ... or my views ... and force them on the people of this country," she stated. "It is disrespectful, it isn't right, and it isn't what America is about."
The same progression holds true for gay marriage: tolerance, acceptance and promotion. The first step is always tolerance, and tolerance must be attained by appealing to sympathy. The easiest way to gain sympathy for social liberalism is to point out close friends or relatives participating in sin, and then dare us to condemn their actions.
So can we condemn Jeannette Angell as a whore? Can we condemn homosexuality or abortion as sinful? Of course we can. Morality cannot survive in a NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) context. If morality extends only to those far removed from our personal lives, it has no meaning. To preserve traditional values, justice must take precedence over sympathy.
I believe it about my ex-girlfriend, but mom? Has she ever seen my mom?
Do Yale hookers summon the maid to perform the act?
Reminds me of DeNiro's line in "Analyze This"...
Dr. Ben Sobel : Oedipus was a Greek king who killed his father and married his mother.Funny.
Boss Paul Vitti : F*ckin' Greeks.
They could be our professors?
*thinks for a moment*
I've seen some professors worth haggling price with.
/ evil tasteless joke.
Seriously, just how twisted does someoe have to be to sell themselves for sex, and then turn around and scream "don't condemn me" to soothe their hurt conscience?
If nobody forced her into this profession and she paid taxes on her hooker earning nobody should care.
What's more pathetic? A whore on the street downtown somewhere, or an educated Ivy League one? I would say the Ivy Leaguer.
This article fits perfectly with my new tagline.
This is the Mafia argument for immorality - if anybody in my family does something, it's OK because they're in my family.
Societies based on moral principles rather than moral nepotism have civilizations that survive.
This is exactly right. I see it all the time among "progressive" friends. They call anyone who makes a moral judgment "judgmental," even as they themselves berate and condemn such people as hypocrites or worse.
Especially if the whore in question is a US Senator who hopes to become President.
You can hate the sin but still love the sinner. If a sinner is unrepentant and leading a self-destructive lifestyle, it is hardly the thing to do to embrace that person's lifestyle choice.
from her site: http://www.jeannetteangell.com/
The author is right on the money. Love the sinner, but hate the sin. Love does not mean affirming immoral or sinful behavior.
That's what I think is funny about their argument. They are being judgmental of those who are exercising a judgment on the premise that judging is morally wrong. It is self-contradictory and unsupportable by logic.
Perhaps if she'd gotten an MBA instead of a useless degree in social anthropology, she wouldn't have to have sold her body?
Two job applicants.
All other things being equal.
One is homo, one is hetero.
I hire the hetero.
Sorry, but the hetero has a much less chance of contracting a life threatening disease than the homo.
maybe Cheney ought to read this ,too?
But I sure wouldn't pay.
Pray for W and Our Troops
You obviously know how to make a hormone ...
Personally I have always been in favor of legalisation of prostitution., Its really stupid to make something illegal that has existed from the beginning of tiem. What is worse taking money for sex or giving sex for a job, a pay raise, or for that matter a marriage.
Tell me the difference between a prostitute and a woman who marries for money. or for that matter John Kerry a man who marries for money.
TOLERANCE OF EVIL IS NOT A VIRTUE.
For $50.00 she'll blow your mind. (cringing in case the mods are around).
Um...did I miss where she stated her price? '-}
AFAIK, sex is the only thing it is legal to give away for free but illegal to sell.
A woman can go out and have sex with as many guys as she wants, but as soon as she charges them for the act, it becomes a crime. Strange.
Sex cannot in the literal sense be given away. It can only be shared.
"The same progression holds true for gay marriage: tolerance, acceptance and promotion. The first step is always tolerance, and tolerance must be attained by appealing to sympathy. The easiest way to gain sympathy for social liberalism is to point out close friends or relatives participating in sin, and then dare us to condemn their actions.
So can we condemn Jeannette Angell as a whore? Can we condemn homosexuality or abortion as sinful? Of course we can."
Of course we can. Words of wisdom, needed here at FR
She is not a looker.
I guess that's true, semantically. Okay, how about this: being paid for engaging in a sex act is the only aspect of sex between consenting adults that is still illegal in this country. Why does the addition of capitalism into the mix make sex illegal?
Au contraire. The leopard cannot change its spots.
However, greater knowledge of supply and demand (not to mention the invisible hand) would have undoubtedly led to a higher price per unit.
Well, few of them are highly-paid, but your point still stands.
Of course we can. Words of wisdom, needed here at FR
But does that automatically translate into a political agenda? Is beating you wife sinful, and should we have supported the VAWA?
Depends on what she did to deserve it.
Hey babe, you know your own family best. (Certainly no shock about the college professors.) Judging by your picture you must rely on volume instead of price.
Guy at work was fired for downloading gay porn. Gigs and Gigs of porn. He sued, stating that he was fired for his sexual orientation. The reality was that he was canned for violating company policy AND because he was an idiot. Who surfs for porn at work? And downloads it, then turns his PC in to be worked on by the IT staff?
What is a gay Democrat, Alex.
Obviously, her doctorate studies never covered the topic of "banishment." Most societies practiced banishment as a way of ridding themselves of those that violated social taboos, while maintaining the illusion of not direct killing of the violator. (They usually died out of sight and at a time and in a way unknown to the tribe that banished them.)
So no, loyalty to the tribe or to blood relatives does not outweigh social demands to conform to tribal moral values.
Is she hot?
Blech.... She is not hot. I get better for free.
Let's say she used up the last of the Hoppes No.9 cleaning her shotgun, and didn't tell you, or buy more.
Sure I would.
I would be a damnfool to take an unscreened blood donation from one, have sex with one, or let one choose my clothing.
I discriminate for a whole lot of reasons, and anyone who claims they don't discriminate is either a liar or too stupid to trust with any judgements that adults deal with daily.
You misspelled that last word...
Never try to beat a woman who owns her own shotgun.
IMHO, anyone who would doesn't need to know that.