This may be a blogtime first for the number of days between posts--sorry. This is a catching up and promising to do better post.
First of all, how about that old rich white guy's screed against women academics using the titles they've earned and not knowing their places? I don't need to link to it, but there's a nice takedown here:
If you didn't see it (it's linked to at the takedown link), the basic argument is this:
1. He, a B.A., is better educated
Narrator: He's not
2. And more worthy of respect, even though he doesn't know the difference between an honorary and an earned degree
3. Than Dr. Jill Biden, who earned her Ed.D. and wrote a dissertation of "dubious value"
Narrator: A: No. and B: Is he qualified to judge?
4. And that she, "kiddo, Jill"--should shut up, stop using "Dr.," and get back in the kitchen, where she belongs. And also, get off his lawn.
Narrator: Accurate summary.
* note on "kiddo"--you know who uses "kiddo" all the time, according to Joyce Maynard? J. D. Salinger, about whom some of you here have expressed, um, strong and wonderful opinions. I think we've found out exactly what kind of person Holden Caulfield all growed up would turn out to be.
Instead of apologizing, the WSJ doubled down and called women's outrage "cancel culture." Draw your own conclusions about that.
But really, Epstein's screed is just another in the WSJ's series of "who is destroying our sacred white education?" series.
Now we know the answer: The wimmenz! The middle-class wimmenz!
As I wrote back in 2013--you can call me Cassandra--this is just one of their attacks on contemporary education:
First of all, I think this is the same article they run every month under a different title and by-line. It goes something like this:
When I was at beautiful Ivy or Oxbridge back in the olden days, I had an extremely famous professor (this time: Frank Kermode) who inspired me with the timeless truths of the humanities curriculum.
Alas, there were few such professors then, and there are none today. That pesky GI bill opened education to the masses, and now students want grades instead of reading literature for timeless truths. Literature has been sullied by the grade-grubbing paws of these students. Where is the pure love of literature of yesteryear?