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Putting UC Santa Barbara professor “on notice”

In the LA Times article on Professor Abramson, Professor Gayle Binion, UC Santa Barbara professor who was the muscle behind the UC professor student dating ban, demonstrates her utter disdain for her UC faculty colleagues, and I expect she was only referring to her male colleagues, when she stated “it is only the student who is going to suffer” when a relationship ends.

What an utterly gross and demeaning stereotype of male professors.  Does she not believe that even male professors have emotions?  Is she incapable of seeing her male colleagues as full human beings who can experience the hurt associated with the ending of a relationship?  Does she not know that Roy Orbison’s “Love Hurts” was and is applicable to both men and women?

Her apparent inability to see her male faculty colleagues as being emotionally vulnerable human beings demonstrates that she has some sort of mental or emotional deficiency.  If such be the case, the cold blooded Gayle Binion may be masking her own feeling of being unloved, and wrapping herself in a feminist and sometimes bureaucratic rhetoric that  justifies her demeaning of her male colleagues.

Professor Binion continues her rant when she stated that the banning rule “…not only makes parents more secure when they send their kids to  UC, it puts the faculty on notice”.  Can the good professor believe that parents at times, even frequently, welcome their daughter’s choice of a professor as her partner or mate?  I can testify that as an eligible male professor who dated students I never encountered any parents who objected to their daughter being in a relationship with me.  With some parents I developed long lasting and valued friendships.  Never once was I ever treated rudely or with disdain by any parent of a student at any time, either during or after the time I was their daughter’s professor.  Personally, I cannot imagine real parents in the real world going thru university codes of conduct re consensual dating policies to determine their choice of a university for their son or daughter.  If such parents are existent, I think it would be fair to characterize them as controlling parents, parents who in all probability would find themselves to be quite at home with Professor Binion  being an agent for them controlling and patrolling their children while they attend UC.

In any case, the bottom line is control.  As Binion states, she wants to put faculty “on notice”  and keep the “kids” under control with herself as being a kind of surrogate authoritarian mother.  Of course, it is the same old story, the dilemma of how to protect oneself from ones protector.

My advice to the professor who has consented to the non-consensual policies advocated by Gayle Binion,  et. al., is to respect yourself and your colleagues, and to put Gayle Binion and her confreres on notice that UC faculty will join their UCLA colleague Paul Abramson in speaking out in advocacy for the basic freedoms of freedom of choice and association which are freedoms still worth preserving and fighting for in our contemporary universities.

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Barry M. Dank aka the dankprofessor.

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October 28, 2007 - Posted by | consensual relationships, ethics, fraternization, higher education, ivory tower romance, sexual politics, student professor dating, UC, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA

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