Iowa Professor to College Republicans: "EFF YOU!"

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Chin up, Professor Lewin! Haters be hatin.'
Ah, the simple joys of calling it like one sees it! A University of Iowa professor's "reply to all" has gotten everyone's knickers in a collective twist up in Iowa City. The back-and-forth makes for priceless reading.

Ellen Lewin, a professor of anthropology and gender and women's and sexuality studies at UI, replied to an email from the College Republicans which went out to the entire school. The blanket email touted their "Conservative Coming-Out Week," detailing plans for an animal-rights barbecue and urging students to "pick up your doctor's notice to miss class for 'sick of being stressed,' just like the Wisconsin public employees during the union protests.'"

Professor Lewin's measured, nuanced response...to everyone:

"FUCK YOU, REPUBLICANS!"

Her email was from her official university account, and the republican students promptly complained to the administration.

Student Natalie Ginty, chairwoman of the Iowa Federation of College Republicans, wrote to a supervisor of Lewin's that "We understand that as a faculty member she has the right to express her political opinion, but by leaving her credentials at the bottom of the email she was representing the University of Iowa, not herself alone... Vile responses like Ellen's need to end."

Lewin responded, "I admit the language was inappropriate, and apologize for any affront to anyone's delicate sensibilities. I would really appreciate your not sending blanket emails to everyone on campus, especially in these difficult times."

She took issue with the animal rights barbecue, with their co-opting the language of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community by calling their event "Coming Out Week," and their mocking of the Wisconsin protest. Lewin also objected to being referred to by her first name by a student.

But then she basically took it back, in another email:

"I should note that several things in the original message were extremely offensive, nearly rising to the level of obscenity."

Then she re-apologized in another email to the  College Republicans' faculty adviser.

"I have been sufficiently chastened by this incident that I can assure you it will not happen again ... I am adept at cursing silently to myself (or to my dogs), a skill that is necessary these days when one reads the newspaper. I think I was in a particularly bad mood yesterday when that message came, but I will censor myself in future."

Professor Lewin has tenure, and the school hasn't said if she'll be facing disciplinary action. Read more of the emails to and from Professor Crankypants here and here. And if, like us, you love a good shitstorm, read the comments, too.
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TalkingWithYaleCohn
TalkingWithYaleCohn

Here’s my interview with Tim Hagle, the University of Iowa College Republicans faculty advisor, about Lewin’s “F— You, Republicans!” email response to the group’s invite for people to participate in “Conservative Coming Out Week.”

http://patv.tv/blog/2011/04/27...

TalkingWithYaleCohn
TalkingWithYaleCohn

Here’s an interview with University of Iowa Professors Timothy Hagle and Kembrew McLeod, Matt Sowada, the conservative co-host of the political talk radio show American Reason on KRUI, and Rod Sullivan from the Johnson County Board of Supervisors about Professor Ellen Lewin’s “F— You, Republicans!” email response to the University of Iowa College Republicans campus-wide invite for people to participate in “Conservative Coming Out Week.”

http://patv.tv/blog/2011/04/27...

True Freethinker
True Freethinker

Its women's studies which fuels sexism by dividing men and women into oppressors and oppressed.

True Freethinker
True Freethinker

"professor of anthropology and gender and women's and sexuality studies".

Says it all really. She obviously has never got laid. There are those who have sex and there are those that talk about it.

David Needham
David Needham

She managed to nail herself to the cross while apologizing. I'll give her credit, that takes some linguistic skill...

KittyLitterKing
KittyLitterKing

So we have 1) an on-campus Young Republican group that think they are being smart and funny in trying to advance their cause and 2) a thin-skinned, liberal, tenured professor who probably doesn't understand the concept of a "reply all" option on her e-mail.

Yep, I don't miss college one bit.

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Grace
Grace

The old lezbo should wash her hair, bathe, wash her filthy mouth out with soap, then resign or be fired.

Andy Griffith
Andy Griffith

Yep--Don Knotts in a Mark Twain wig. Maybe it was a desperate offer instead of a curse? Good luck, Ellen!

Lillian
Lillian

Why can't she say how she feels this is American right?? Freedom of speech!!!!!

Gladtobearepublican
Gladtobearepublican

Another leftist professor filling the minds of the young with liberal dribble.

Sphire_ziemia
Sphire_ziemia

I think Professor Lewin was well withing her rights of freedom of speech. ;)

DJ102010
DJ102010

"Lewin also objected to being referred to by her first name by a student." Gosh, the world must be so hard for her...

JJ
JJ

I think she got it exactly right!

Mhammond
Mhammond

STICK TO YOUR FEMINIST GUNS ELLEN !! JUST LIKE THOSE CRAZY WACKO REPUBLICAN TEA-PARTYERS!!! NO APOLOGIES WHATSOEVER TO THAT LOT!

Fred
Fred

I'm with her.

anonymous
anonymous

white males are the true victims, as always. sexism was non-existent before feminism.

thank you for your tremendous insight.

anonymous
anonymous

those who are afraid to talk about it are usually afraid of it for some reason

in your case i'm going to guess premature ejaculation, babydick, or both

anonymous
anonymous

can't imagine why they have a women's studies major when sexism is so obviously dead

anonymous
anonymous

the word you're looking for is "drivel" mr. education

Poe_zepp
Poe_zepp

Given it's full of apparently backward thinking sheep ipad cock sucking twitter twits I don't blame her for snapping.

Galt, Johnathan
Galt, Johnathan

Gender studies? Sexuality studies? Sounds just like the type of courses that I want my kid to take... to prepare her for the work-force.

Look, this old bag of bones can burn her braw in the streets any time she wants... all I ask is two things:

1. Don't make those courses a requirement... don't require my child to waste her time.

2. If some college republicans can stir that kind of a reaction out of you... just do yourself a favor and take a deep breath! Just don't take a deep breath if you are in one of your bra burning ceremonies... it will frighten the crowd.

anonymous
anonymous

ayn rand is l.ron hubbard for right-wingers

only mouth-breathers are impressed with that reference

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