Skip to comments.University of Iowa Professor Tells College Republicans to “F” Off
Posted on 04/20/2011 9:43:29 AM PDT by MockTurtle
A University of Iowa professor felt the need to reply to a blast email by the College Republicans on Monday morning. Ellen Lewin, a professor of Anthropology and Gender, Womens & Sexuality Studies in the Department of Gender, Womens & Sexuality Studies, sent a vulgar response to a College Republican email about the groups, Conservative Coming Out Week.
The College Republican email, which was sent to the entire University of Iowa Community, had been approved by a number of university officials before being sent out.
Lewin responded to email by writing, #*@% [F-Word] YOU, REPUBLICANS from her official university email account.
Natalie Ginty, a University of Iowa Student and Chairwoman of the Iowa Federation of College Republicans, demanded an apology from Lewins supervisors. We understand that as a faculty member she has the right to express her political opinion, but by leaving her credentials at the bottom of the email she was representing the University of Iowa, not herself alone, Ginty wrote to James Enloe, the head of the Department of Anthropology.
Vile responses like Ellens need to end. Demonizing the other party through name-calling only further entrenches feelings of disdain for the other side. I am sure you understand that nothing is ever accomplished by aimless screams of attack, Ginty concluded.
In an email to the College Republicans, Professor Lewin wrote, This is a time when political passions are inflamed, and when I received your unsolicited email, I had just finished reading some newspaper accounts of fresh outrages committed by Republicans in government. I admit the language was inappropriate, and apologize for any affront to anyones delicate sensibilities. I would really appreciate your not sending blanket emails to everyone on campus, especially in these difficult times.
Lewin sent that email at 10:51 a.m.
Lewins response is as inappropriate than her choice of language in her first email. At the bottom of the original mass email, a University of Iowa disclaimer reads, Distribution of this message was approved by the VP for Student Services. Neither your name nor e-mail address was released to the sender. The policy and guidelines for the UI Mass Mail service, including information on how to filter messages, are available at: http://cs.its.uiowa.edu/email/massmail. The College Republicans didnt even know who all would be receiving the message.
At 11:06 a.m. on Tuesday, Professor Lewin sent another email saying:
I should note that several things in the original message were extremely offensive, nearly rising to the level of obscenity. Despite the Republicans general disdain for LGBT rights you called your upcoming event conservative coming out day, appropriating the language of the LGBT right movement. Your reference to the Wisconsin protests suggested that they were frivolous attempts to avoid work. And the Animal Rights BBQ is extremely insensitive to those who consider animal rights an important cause. Then, in the email that Ms. Ginty sent complaining about my language, she referred to me as Ellen, not Professor Lewin, which is the correct way for a student to address a faculty member, or indeed, for anyone to refer to an adult with whom they are not acquainted. I do apologize for my intemperate language, but the message you all sent out was extremely disturbing and offensive.
Its strange that Professor Lewin is upset with a student for calling her by her first name AFTER she told them to $%@& [F Word] OFF. Quite honestly, Lewins continued attacks make it seem like more serious punishment of the professor is called for rather just than the public apology that the College Republicans are demanding.
Professor Tim Hagel, the faculty advisor for the University of Iowa College Republicans, also interjected on behalf of the group.
The issue isnt whether you found something in the message sent by the College Republicans to have been offensive, but how you chose to express yourself. Although some would disagree with the reasons in the message immediately below, there would have been a more appropriate way for you to have expressed yourself. Your initial apology, though qualified, was at least a step in the right direction. The additional note only served to retract the apology and was an apparent attempt to justify your initial response.
Its not my place at this point to debate the merits of whether the CR message was offense, but let me remind you that they have First Amendment rights as much as you do and that their message was approved for mass distribution by the VP for Student Services, as was indicated at the bottom of the original message.
Let me also note that I found your complaint about Ms. Gintys use of your first name to be rather ironic. As much as I agree with you that it would have been better for her to have shown the respect for your position by referring to you as Professor, respect is a two way street and you clearly did not show respect for the College Republicans in your initial response.
UICR Faculty Advisor
Update :University of Iowa President Sally Mason has responded to the incident by sending out a blast email. Masons response was spurred by TheIowaRepublican.coms story about the incident.
Dear Members of the University Community:
The University of Iowa encourages freedom of expression, opposing viewpoints, and civil debate about those opposing viewpoints. This is clearly articulated in our core values of Diversity and Respect. Because diversity, broadly defined, advances its mission of teaching, research, and service, the University is dedicated to an inclusive community in which people of different cultural, national, individual, and academic backgrounds encounter one another in a spirit of cooperation, openness, and shared appreciation.
The University also strongly encourages student engagement in such discussions and supports students acting on their viewpoints. Student organizations are sometimes formed along political lines and act on their political beliefs. Even if we personally disagree with those viewpoints, we must be respectful of those viewpoints in every way. Intolerant and disrespectful discord is not acceptable behavior.
Sally Mason President
Stay classy, Ellen.
I would appreciate if you would mind your own business, 'Professor' Lewin. I'd also appreciate it if anyone at the University of Iowa would have the balls to fire you.
She’s as ugly as cowflop on a freshly painted barn door.
Guilty! Bailiff—whack her pee-pee.
Abe Vigoda with a wig.
Is the photo over her left shoulder of her son or daughter?
Or in sport lingo;
“A gender to be named later”
The forces of socialism (Marxism) only march in one direction, comrade.
Speaking of demented college professors, does anyone have an update from Durham, NC regarding the ‘DOOK 87’? Now that their anointed Victim has a murder charge pending against her, I was curious to know whether those 87 faculty members still support her.
Didn't the gay community 'appropriate' the term 'coming out' from the debutante/cotillion tradition? Why is it that when the left steals the language they think they own it from then on?
NO smoking, No swearing, No ENJOYING!
Non western education couldn't hold a candle to us until women took over.
They hold a grudge ( Men generally don't)
They have NO humor ( Men generally do)
They take life too seriously!
And YES, I'm talking generally, NOT specifically.
Yowza, are you sure it is not Helen Thomas’ sister?
she's the one with the delicate sensibilities...
The dog is cute though on her calendar.
At least Hagle addresses the actual issue. The sad sack university president vomits out a namby-pamby kumbaya load of multicultural psychobabble that (of COURSE) implies both sides — which certainly shall never actually be named — were equally at fault.
Time to punish her departmental supervisor.
It’s interesting that she would complain about the College Republicans “appropriating the language of the LGBT right movement”, yet that same movement appropriated the language of everyone when they co-opted the term “gay”.
Angry Lesbian that gets no love?
Whoa - the anger and bitterness on that puss is quite palable.
EVERY last “State” University NATIONWIDE are cesspools that are chock FULL of POSs like this Old, Ugly Female Dog.
Butt ugly with sideburns.