From Joseph Rago’s Dartmouth’s Hostile Environment (Wall Street Journal, 5/5/08):
“After a winter of discontent, the snapping point came while Priya Venkatesan was lecturing on ‘ecofeminism,’ which holds, in part, that scientific advancements benefit the patriarchy but leave women out. One student took issue, and reasonably so – actually, empirically so. But ‘these weren’t thoughtful statements,’ Ms. Venkatesan protests. ‘They were irrational.’ The class thought otherwise. Following what she calls the student’s ‘diatribe,’ several of his classmates applauded.
“Ms. Venkatesan informed her pupils that their behavior was ‘fascist demagoguery.’ Then, after consulting a physician about ‘intellectual distress,’ she cancelled classes for a week. Thus the pending litigation.