Universities are morphing into Clown College before our eyes (content warning)
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey shuttered their world-famous Clown College in 1997, twenty years before America's largest circus closed for business this year, after almost a century and half of entertaining us. Fortunately for connoisseurs of the absurd, America's progressive academics have stepped into the breach, beclowning themselves with fields of study so deranged that they seem comic at best. The endless search for new reasons to declare personal oppression has met the infantile fascination with private bodily functions, and the results are as absurd as any sideshow attraction.
The impetus behind the lurch leftward is grim anger, built upon resentment. Consider what Rachel Frommer of the Free Beacon has discovered:
Academics intend to establish the field of "critical menstrual studies" with the upcoming publication of the first-ever scholarly handbook devoted to the consideration of menstruation.
The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstrual Studies, slated for publication in 2020, will be "animated by the central question: what new lines of inquiry, including research questions and social justice engagements, are possible when we center our attention on menstrual health and politics across the lifespan?" according to the book proposal.
The handbook will establish "'critical menstrual studies' as a coherent and multidimensional transdisciplinary subject of inquiry and advocacy, one that enables an exciting epistemological clarity and potential," the book proposal goes on. "Attention to menstrual issues across the lifespan surfaces broader societal issues and tensions, including gender inequality, practices and discourses of embodiment, processes of radicalization and commodification, and emergent technologies as read through various disciplines and inter disciplines."
Handbook editor Christina Bobel – associate professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and president of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research – said she began the project with Sharra Vostral, a history professor at Purdue University, whom Bobel credited with coining the name for the new subfield.
Note that this has nothing to do with the medical characteristics of menstruation. Gynecology already exists as a well established medical specialty. This new effort is aimed at making up grievances related to what has for centuries been known as "the curse" – and forcing people to talk about bodily functions many would prefer to keep private. You see, modesty and discretion are oppressive in the view of the infantilized radicals who adopt scholarly appearances to force their obsessions upon the rest of us.