Sunday, May 13, 2018

Male Professor Faces Discipline for Telling a Female Professor a Joke

Jokes are very risky these days

Last month, a King’s College professor told a harmless joke on an elevator during an International Studies Association conference — and now, he’s facing disciplinary charges.

According to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Professor Richard Ned Lebow was on a crowded elevator when Simona Sharoni, a professor of gender studies at Merrimack College, asked him what floor he needed, and Lebow jokingly answered, “ladies’ lingerie.”

Seems harmless, right? At the very least, nothing to write home about, right? Apparently not. Sharoni got so offended by the joke that she filed a complaint with the International Studies Association. “I am still trying to come to terms with the fact that we froze and didn’t confront him,” she wrote in the complaint.

It gets worse: ISA actually determined that Lebow’s joke had violated the group’s code of conduct.

After finding out he was under investigation, Lebow attempted to resolve the matter himself — adult-to-adult and bureaucracy-free — by writing to Sharoni. He didn’t exactly apologize but he did insist that he “certainly had no desire to insult women or to make you feel uncomfortable,” adding that what he had said was simply a “standard gag line” that he’d heard often when he was young in the 1950s.



Anonymous said...

Stupid Political Correctness. Stupid female !

Bird of Paradise said...

PC(Political Correctness)is just another word for Socialism these whining little snowflakes need to Get A Life and quit whining about this kind of stuff

Anonymous said...

"A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road." - Henry Ward Beecher

Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world.
Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak.
Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor,
and your picture begins to lighten up.
- Allen Klein

If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide. ~Mahatma Gandhi

Above all else: go out with a sense of humor. It is needed armor. Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life. ~Hugh Sidey

"I hate to think what a horrible person I might be if I did not have a sense of humor" - Unknown


Anyone care to guess what Simona Sharoni has discarded from her personality?

Thomas Hammond said...

Thou shalt not make light of ladies lingere

John Seavey said...

The world’s most humorless woman is a professor of women’s and gender studies. Who would have ever guessed?

Anonymous said...

While the joke is rather old-fashioned I can't see how it would be offensive.
If you want to read something into it, as it was a response to what floor he wanted it might be taken to be suggesting he wants women's lingerie. If so, wouldn't he be protected as an intimate cross-dresser?
That's nothing for the woman to be offended about - in fact in today's world I'm surprised she didn't throw him a parade for coming out like that.

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

Probibly gets offended over a few Dumb Blond Jokes

Stymphakain Bird the man eating bird with bras beak who shoots his feathers said...

Too much whining there is defenetly too much whining