A college degree in slutting

By Patrice Lewis

As further proof that a college experience provides a negative education – as in, you emerge dumber than you went in – it seems students at UC Berkeley are agitating to have an abortion clinic on campus.

For some time now, college students in general have been providing hilarious news headlines with their silliness. Did you know that disliking pumpkin-spice lattés is “sexist”? Or how about the poor students who trembled in fear when Trump’s name was written in chalk on some stairs? The list of absurdities is endless.

But killing babies transcends silliness. Demanding an abortion clinic on campus – even though there are two Planned Parenthood facilities within a 7-mile radius – smacks of one single solitary thing: the unwillingness of college students to control themselves sexually.

I know this may come as something of a surprise to young adults, but rutting like animals is not a prerequisite of obtaining your college degree. No really, it’s not necessary. You can actually finish your education through the illogical counterintuitive requirements of attending classes, studying hard and passing your exams. Slutting around doesn’t even get you extra credit. (Though it may get you a social disease. There’s your “extra credit.”)

But a student activist named Aanchal Chugh apparently disagrees. Ms. Chugh feels “student health is something that the administration has not been focused on” and wants an abortion facility because “it’s important for students to do well academically.”

So compromising the future health of women through increased risks of breast cancer and depression is the proper way to focus on student health? On what planet? Why are students incapable of doing well academically through – wait for it – attending classes, studying hard and passing their exams?

Responding to critics who suggested that maybe, just maybe, women should close their legs and just attend to their studies, Ms. Chugh wrote on her Facebook page, “Those who are condemning my bill because it is ‘immoral’ – having the right to live a healthy life is NOT immoral, and every student should have access to safe and accessible abortions especially because being a student at Cal is already so demanding. … This is a womxn’s [sic] issue, a students’ issue, and a humxn [sic] issue. If you do not support abortions, don’t get one.”

And so we get down to brass tacks. What Ms. Chugh wants is for everyone ELSE to pay for HER choices. She doesn’t want women to inconvenience themselves by visiting the Planned Murderhood facility 4 miles away so they can get babies ripped from their bodies. No indeedy. She wants that “health” facility right there on campus so women can have the “procedure” done between classes – paid for by others. In this way, female students never, ever have to go out of their way to face the consequences of their actions.

(It probably goes without saying that Ms. Chugh’s hobbies are “womxn” empowerment and “advancing the LGBTQ agenda.” Which makes me wonder: Where does Ms. Chugh plan to get a job after she graduates? She is the type of person who, as Vox Day puts it, is “a walking, talking, sexual harassment and/or discrimination lawsuit waiting to happen.”)

If anyone wants a clear example of why I’m “down” on college – despite having a master’s degree in biology – then look no further.

Once upon a time, students attended college to be trained for a marketable field. It was a chance to transition to adulthood – learning to be independent, learning to take responsibility, learning the particulars of one’s chosen field of academic interest – before being launched into the big wide cruel world of employment and adult responsibilities.

But doesn’t it seem to you like the “college experience” these days is geared toward the exact, precise opposite?

Rather than training in a marketable field, students are encouraged to take absurd and useless classes. Rather than transitioning to adulthood, students are encouraged to curl up into little balls of trembling fear or seek “safe rooms” whenever they see or hear (or even taste) something that offends their sensibilities. Rather than learning to be independent, they demand eternal dependence. Rather than learning to take responsibility, they are encouraged to be irresponsible. Rather than learning the particulars of their chosen field of academic interest, they complain because academics interferes with their activism.

And then they wonder why they can’t find employment when they graduate.

In an article entitled “Why Can’t College Graduates Find Jobs?” the magazine Fair Observer examines what it delicately calls a “skills gap” between college graduates and prospective employers. According to the Economic Policy Institute, more than 7 percent of college graduates are unemployed and nearly 15 percent are underemployed. Can anyone honestly tell me whether Ms. Chugh, soon to be a graduate of a prestigious university, will likely be among that 7 percent? She is not concentrating on acquiring the kinds of “skills” employers are looking for. Rather, she is actively sabotaging her future prospects – possibly not the results she is seeking from her “activism.”

When Jake Schwartz, CEO of General Assembly (a design, marketing, technology and data firm) was asked whether higher education institutions were developing graduates with the skills employers need, he replied, “I would posit that most people involved with higher education institutions would say no, or not in a direct sense.” He called that “problem number one” in the disconnect between academia and the working world.

When pressed, employers admit they are seeking prospective employees with a two-pronged skills set: the first is the specific abilities needed in the job (accounting, programming, whatever) and the second are the more intangible, but highly necessary, skills such as a work ethic, dedication and the ability to get along with others – and that includes not demanding the proverbial company car and corner office during the first week on the job.

None of these tangible or intangible skills are obtained between the sheets or on a gurney in an abortion clinic. If students – especially young women – really want to “do well academically,” they would be wise to keep their knees together and their noses in their books. To the best of my knowledge, there are no employers looking for graduates with a degree in slutting.

Except, maybe, Planned Murderhood. I’m certain there are endless career opportunities available in that prestigious organization. After all, new branches are apparently opening everywhere.

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