A Conservative Freshman’s First Impressions at PSU

by Andrew Johnson

Throughout high school, I began to hear more and more about the prolificacy of strong liberal biases on college campuses from both professors and students; thus, I approached my first semester at PSU politically cautious, but not politically confrontational. My first semester was relatively lax in terms of politics. I took mostly math and science courses which tend to avoid any political influences. However, I was required by the university to take a class called “PSU 16.” It is basically a class that introduces the student to life on campus with a focus on their declared major, and how to succeed. The course commonly utilizes guest speakers that come in to class and give helpful advice, and aid in the transition from high school life to college life. As the course progressed, however, that ubiquitous left-wing partiality began to rear its ugly head.

One of the guest speakers who came in represented “The Center for Women Students” on campus. After introducing herself and briefly talking about sexual assault, she showed us a YouTube video titled, “48 Things Women Hear In A Lifetime (That Men Just Don’t)” by The Huffington Post, a very left-wing publication. The video goes through several examples of “sexism” that women experience throughout their lifetime by having women say “common” expressions they hear from others. For example, one woman says, “Why are you being so emotional?” acting like she is a person criticizing her.

The video clearly grasps at straws when it comes to examples of sexism, but the guest speaker treated it like gospel truth that must be blindly followed, or else you are automatically deemed a sexist. Since when does simply asking a woman the cause of her emotions make one a sexist? When I asked the guest speaker if she truly thought these were viable cases of sexism, she responded in an emotionally defensive way (thus proving my point) with a weak argument, “Well as a man you could never understand, we women hear these things all the time.” What we see here is the classic “post hoc, ergo propter hoc” (after this, therefore because of this) logical fallacy. Women hear these types of expressions consistently, they then feel offended, therefore such sayings must be connected with sexism.

It is important to note that I am not morally against having left-wing partialities on policy. I am against an ideology which is founded on the dangerous principle of group-think: when a group of people thinks similarly while simultaneously ignoring or suppressing any disagreement, even if the disagreement refutes their topic factually. This is the danger of left-wing partialities on campus — they have devolved into havens of censorship that silence and condemn any conservative voice simply because it disagrees with their beliefs. Modern leftists can find a common ground with conservatives in order to establish productive discourse, but they must first abandon the group-think mindset.