March 4, 2005

On taking things out of context

If I'm going to slam a conservative for taking my writings out of context, I should note that it's not a feature of life that's bounded by partisan or ideological leanings. As Dispatches from the Culture Wars makes clear, the criticism of Jada Pinkett Smith's appearance at a Harvard University forum on diversity is as utterly absurd as what Jacob Laksin wrote in his e-mail correspondence. Apparently Smith said we should not be bound by conventional ideas and said, specifically, that women should feel they shouldn't have to compromise on their professional and personal lives. Apparently for mentioning the word "husband," one gay coalition at Harvard castigated her as heteronormal. Didn't they listen to what she actually said? Sheesh.

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Posted in Academic freedom on March 4, 2005 11:14 PM |