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
Pardon me if I have trouble taking seriously anything that might issue forth from one so credentialed.
Yeah, yeah, yeah...but does she know how to change a flat tire?
Why is there such a position? What useful curriculum could possibly be derived from such a course of study? What marketable skill could be gained? What facts could be learned?
Excerpt from an article by Prof. Lewin (”radical antipathy to marriage as a patriarchal institution”):
...Why has marriage become so central to questions of gay/lesbian rights? How has this happened when lesbians and gay men are themselves so divided over the issue? I would like to outline a few ways that we might think about these questions. I base my comments on the research I carried out on same-sex commitment ceremonies (Recognizing Ourselves: Ceremonies of Lesbian and Gay Commitment, 1998), on other anthropological work Ive done with lesbian and gay families in the US, and on my own experience as a participant in the struggle to achieve the right to marry.
My views on this issue, which had long rested on a radical antipathy to marriage as a patriarchal institution, shifted dramatically after my spouse and I were united in a Jewish ceremony in 1992 and after I studied some 60 same-sex couples who staged commitment ceremonies of various kinds none at that time legally sanctioned...
This misandrist needs to resign.
However, that's not what I said.
Going back through your active posting life (which has these mysterious interruptions?) that seems to be how you interpret the word "punish" ~ as in "punish = shoot".
It's your imagination Tex.
What's her DU screen name?
I can just imagine what kind of classes this tenured vicious moronic thug “teaches.”
Soooooo...we can assume Mr. Lewin is not in Sarah Palin’s camp..?
Since Nov., libs have been beginning to melt down. You see it everywhere...lib talking heads on the news programs, etc. They sense that obama is a failure and doomed to defeat, but have not fully accepted it yet. Remember the 5 stages of loss: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. Many libs are in the anger phase.
Yes she did, in fact, The origins of the U.S. debutante presentation can be traced to 1748, when fifty-nine colonial Philadelphia families held a Dancing Assembly, the forerunner of the Debutante Coming Out Ball. I think that pre-dates the LGBT movement...maybe.
They should fire this ugly lesbian.
What’s her DU screen name?
Dunno. She wouldn’t stand out there.
“Over the course of her career, she has completed studies that focus on low-income Latina immigrants in San Francisco, lesbian mothers, and lesbian and gay commitment ceremonies in the US. ... She is also the editor of Inventing Lesbian Cultures in America”
Ellen, it’s Passover. Bad time to be sending out vulgar emails.
Laz would hit it.
‘Hawk would just make fun of it.
No first amendment rights for you as far as that NOW Cow is concerned. At least she shaved for the photo!
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