Oh, the stupid I’ve gotten in my comments the last few days. I’ve deleted them all, because this is my house, and you don’t come to my house saying stupid shit and expect it to get a fair hearing. But in case any more of you CU-Boulder apologists, or sexual harassment skeptics, or Men’s Rights Activists, want to come around here and think you can fuck with my game, here’s a quick takedown. I’ve not got much time, so, no clever preamble:
1. The CU-Boulder APA report did not contain details of actual individuals or victims because that would have been illegal, you fucking morons. Anyone who is currently being accused of a crime (or the violation of a university bylaw) has the right to due process; anyone who is the alleged victim of an infraction has the right to anonymity.
2. The APA Committee on the Status of Women site visitors were heroes, not “lazy.” They knew 100% who the perpetrators were (and often the victims), but had no choice but to keep these identities and any identifying details secret. That was a chief parameter of the visit’s report in the first place.
3. Everyone at CU knows exactly who they are talking about, and that is what matters. When I ran afoul of management at my last pre-academia job (because, actually, I was sexually harassed by my superior and he was reprimanded but not fired, so I was retaliated against for the next two years), there were a flurry of emails sent out to all employees about “new rules.” No flyers for off-site parties on the bulletin board (that had been standard practice every time there was a birthday/departure, until mine). No fraternizing between the day and night staff (100% made up to stop me from talking to my friend Frank). Everybody knew that it was because my boss had it out for me–nobody needed to see the word “Schuman” on those emails to know. (Don’t cry for me–“someone” sabotaged the back-sides of about 100 of said boss’s business cards and then shuffled them back up in the box before “someone” left for good. Also, that company got bought out and fired everyone).
4. The innocent victims at Boulder are not being “ruined” because of an “unfair” witch-hunt (SEXIST!), they are being saved from a cannibal-rat-infested Titanic full of abusers. Grad students can and should transfer out (it is not hard to transfer between PhD programs of the same caliber; CU Boulder is about 24th, so they should have no problem joining another middle-tier program). Or, grad students should take this as an opportunity to mercy-kill their academic “careers” and thank the scandal for saving them from a lifetime of adjuncting, since most of them will not receive tenure-track jobs anyway. There are no junior female faculty left at CU-Boulder. Senior female faculty can hold out for a scant few years and then take their pensions, or keep looking for other jobs (as most of them are). Male victims of bullying have similar options. Those who “wanted” to help but just “couldn’t”? Well, they’re getting the Chickenshit Prize now. Yes, it’s not the greatest that a few dozen people who didn’t do anything wrong (but did, often, stand by while wrong was done) will likely have their reputations stained for awhile. But think of it like this: when CPS yanks a kid out of an unfit home, that’s an awfully traumatic moment for the kid. But it’s in the kid’s best interest (usually; we’re thinking of a non-corrupt CPS department here). That’s what the current Double Secret Probation is to this department. Yes, maybe it’s “not fair” (except it is), but it’s in the best interest of a department that quite obviously cannot run itself.
I’ve got to get to work, so that’s all the stupid-fire-extinguishing I can do for now. Please feel free to comment on this if you can find it in your heart to be sympathetic to the victims of harassment. If you can’t, please kindly continue to fuck off.