Explaining Academia: Demand for Purity

Part II here.

Demand for Purity. The world is viewed as black and white and the members are constantly exhorted to conform to the ideology of the group and strive for perfection. The induction of guilt and/or shame is a powerful control device used here.

This one’s pretty obvious, so I’ll just point out Nietzsche’s observation about purity rules as will to power — the Brahmins used ludicrous asceticism to impose the caste system on society.  This is the point of “rape culture” hysteria.  Not even drunk college kids are stupid enough not to notice the blatant contradiction between “one in four college girls is raped!” and “we demand free college education for everyone!”  The point is to make everyone a potential rapist, with his precise degree of guilt to be determined by the campus’ shrillest feminists on a case-by-case basis.

And it works.  If I were in charge of marketing for, say, Campus Crusade for Christ, I’d get a purity campaign going myself.  Turn necessity into a virtue, and, guys’ competitive nature being what it is, you could get a pretty decent “true love waits”-type movement going.  As it is, though, the ever-increasing demands for purity only ratchet up the climate of fear on campus….

…which is the point.

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