Fat Studies (and other identity studies) are dumbing down higher education writes Abigail Alger on Campus Reform’s blog.
“Fat studies” is poised to break into the troika of race, gender, and class studies that are thriving at campuses across the country. Say goodbye to the last vestiges of a liberal education, of rigorous academic inquiry, and of the millennia of human achievement that academics now scorn.
Fat Studies “explores the social and political consequences of being overweight,” summarizes the San Diego Union-Tribune. Supporters see fat people as victims of a prejudiced society that insists only one body type is OK. They also deny that obesity causes health problems.
Fat Studies doesn’t pursue knowledge or lead to debate, Alger writes. Like other identity studies, it “begins with the end in mind.”
The conclusions have already been determined: fat people are oppressed and down-trodden, victims of an insert-terrible-adjective-here system and insert-another-terrible-adjective-here society.
In a closed system like this, there can be no debate or disagreement. . . . heretics are castigated as “speaking from privilege” or supporters of the inherently unjust system which perpetuates such grievous biases against fat people.
Fat Studies and its sisters are “political movements operating under the guise of intellectual departments,” Alger writes. That’s it in a nutshell, I think.
And I hate to see people preach that obesity has no health consequences. I’m a diabetic, like my parents, sister and brother. I have to control my weight to control my blood sugar. The alternative is blindness, amputation, kidney damage, heart disease, etc.
Why pursue even more of it in college? Learn new things. Get what you can’t get just living in the world soaking up the things you naturally love and enjoy. What is the point of going to college?
One hip-hop advocate, who says she “struggled with physics” because it didn’t relate to her world, wants the physics department “to do more interdisciplinary research between science and culture” so students will be engaged. Engaged with what? Not physics presumably.