If you’re a University of Texas girl with blue hair and “queer social issues,” the sisters of Gamma Rho Lambda are there for you:
UT students established a campus colony of the national sorority Gamma Rho Lambda this semester — the first queer-focused and transsexual-inclusive women’s Greek society at the University, according to the organization’s leadership.
The sorority aims to combat issues regarding the status of queer women in mainstream society and within the LGBT community, Lauren Ferguson, president of the colony and art history and English senior, said. As part of the three-semester colonization process, the organization’s leaders recruited nine members this semester for the Alpha class and will start taking pledges in the fall.
Ferguson is also a columnist for the UT student newspaper, and recently published a column containing some interesting non-facts:
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According to a 2001 report from the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, women on college campuses are more likely to be assaulted than women in the general population. And Katherine Hirsch’s study titled “Fraternities of Fear: Gang Rape, Male Bonding, and the Silencing of Women” estimated that one in four college women will be assaulted during their academic career.
Fact: Female college students are actually less likely to be raped than female non-students the same age.
According to the report, the actual number of rapes of college-age females is 6.1 per 1,000, a drastically smaller number than 1-in-5. Meanwhile, non-college-attending females in the same 18-to-24 age group had about a 20% higher rate of rape (7.6 per 1,000).
To put it quite bluntly, there is zero evidence to support feminist claims of a “rape epidemic” on U.S. college campuses.
To put it even more bluntly, feminists are lying about rape.
The claim of a “rape epidemic” is a deception, manufactured with “Statistical Voodoo and Elastic Definitions,” as part of a propaganda campaign by feminists to augment their own (already formidable) power within academia. Of course, we don’t expect an art history major to understand that she is a pawn in someone else’s political power-grab. Indoctrination doesn’t work if the subjects realize that they’re being indoctrinated. The blue-haired queer Laura Ferguson is an LGBT celebrity now, interviewed by Huffington Post Live:
“I was really bothered when I first came to Austin and couldn’t find a safe space for queer women.”
Safe space? Safe from whom? The idea that “queer women” are unsafe in Austin — terrorized by heteronormative patriarchy, we might presume — is contradicted by Ms. Ferguson’s own words in another interview: “For every one person who doesn’t like us, there’s a thousand who support us. UT has been insanely supportive of us. . . . They’re not only willing to support us, but they’re excited about it.” One wonders what sort of menace requires these “queer women” to have a “safe space.”
Well, yes — mocking laughter might damage their self-esteem, and so the UT administration is “insanely supportive” of Gamma Rho Lambda providing a “safe space” where the weirdos can gather without being exposed to cruel jokes. This is where the cultural celebration of victimhood leads, to a world in which misfits and malcontents can imagine they are oppressed. (See “‘There Is No Spoon’: Radical Feminism and the Paranoid Matrix of Patriarchy.”) Despite the fact that university administrators are “insanely supportive” of LGBT activism on campus, it is still necessary — for the purposes of this charade of pretended victimhood — for the “queer women” to present themselves as suffering societal oppression and injustice. Does no one in Austin have enough common sense and courage to call BS on this bogus hustle?
There are more than 50,000 students at the UT Austin campus, and yet when Gamma Rho Lambda offered “safe space” for “queer women,” they were able to recruit a grand total of nine members. A little more than half of UT-Austin students are female, and if we assume that 2% of those are lesbian, that means about 500 “queer women” on campus. Yet it would seem that fewer than 2% of lesbian students at UT-Austin care enough about “safe space” to join Gamma Rho Lambda.
To repeat: THERE IS NO SPOON.
UPDATE: Why do the president and vice-president of the UT-Austin chapter of Gamma Rho Lambda have the the same name? Thanks to Zohydro in the comments and my brother Kirby for pointing me to this story which clarifies this point:
Lauren, and her sister, Audrey, decided to create a new organization. . . .
“Being a transwoman it’s hard to find places that are completely comfortable, I knew this needed to be an area specifically for female identifying and female queer individuals,” Audrey Ferguson said.
In other words, Lauren’s “sister Audrey” is in fact her brother, who is “identifying” as her “sister.” As Kirby said, “Imagine family Thanksgiving at their house!”
Yeah. It’s like The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
First published at TheOtherMcCain.com
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