Breaking news!  A man made a harmless joke in an elevator! The Daily Wire‘s Ben Shapiro reports on the most recent anathema to occur on a college campus.  And you might want to sit down:

According to Katherine Mangan, political theory Professor Richard Ned Lebow of King’s College was in an elevator with a bunch of other human beings, including Professor Simona Sharoni, who teaches women’s and gender studies at Merrimack College. Sharoni, who clearly had been conditioned to submit to the patriarchy, offered to hit buttons on the elevator. That’s when Lebow did the unthinkable: he jokingly asked for the women’s lingerie department. And his buddies — the scum! — laughed.

So Sharoni complained to the International Studies Association, just as an empowered woman ought to do. She tremblingly wrote, “I am still trying to come to terms with the fact that we froze and didn’t confront him.” And they took her complaint seriously enough to launch an investigation. They determined that Lebow had violated the conduct code of the organization.

Some of you remember the old joke which, according to Lebow, was a “standard gag line” back in the 1950s.  People would get into an elevator and ask to be sent to the lingerie floor, pretending they were in a department store. But after explaining the joke, he went on to point out that this was not merely a misunderstanding — it was a frivolous waste of time.  Worse than that, it cheapened the cultural conversation in that it distracted from actual misdeeds.

“Like you, I am strongly opposed to the exploitation, coercion, or humiliation of women,” he said. “As such evils continue, it seems to me to make sense to direct our attention to real offenses, not those that are imagined or marginal. By making a complaint to ISA that I consider frivolous — and I expect, will be judged this way by the ethics committee — you may be directing time and effort away from the real offenses that trouble us both.”

Good for the professor for not backing down!

Liberals sometimes wonder why we think they are such childish prigs with no sense of humor or proportion?  Here’s the secret reason: they are such childish prigs with no sense of humor or proportion.  Especially if they have letters following their name, to indicate their high academic success.

Oh, and here’s another possibility: it might be because feminists demand to wear what they call “pussy hats,” yet practically faint when someone makes a harmless joke.  Please.  Get some intellectual consistency and maybe a sense of perspective.  Or, as they used to say more succinctly, grow up.


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Hat Tip: The Daily Wire

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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