Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Students stalk professor over his scholarship on ancient sexual practices. University does nothing

What will the University of Texas do if you stalk a professor and harass him at home because you’re offended by his scholarship?

Nothing of substance, if the taxpayer-funded university’s response to student harassment of Thomas Hubbard is any indication.

No arrests have been made as of Tuesday night regarding a student protest at the classics professor’s house, nor student discipline meted out, The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

Students not only showed up to Hubbard’s house Monday night to shout that “he was a predator,” but also “banged on the front door of his home” and “filmed as he was escorted to safety by local police officers.”

Hubbard is known for his scholarship on ancient sexual practices, particularly physical relationships between adult men and teenage boys in cultures such as classical Greece. He describes the relationships as “pederasty,” distinct from “pedophilia,” or sexual relations with children.

The Monday night protesters, working under the moniker Fire the Abusers, documented their illegal harassment and called Hubbard a “known pedophile.” That slander, based on nothing more than Hubbard’s scholarship, provides the professor grounds to sue for defamation if he wishes.

A “revolutionary” news outlet also published video of the illegal harassment of Hubbard.

It’s not clear how long students have been calling on the administration to remove Hubbard. The Austin American-Statesman reported Dec. 4 that activism against the classics professor piggybacked on earlier activism against two UT professors “with histories of sexual misconduct.”

Hubbard has written that pederasty in the ancient world, as he described it, constituted “proper learning experiences” and could inform how modern people view age-of-consent laws. He specifically blamed the late Victorian and Progressive eras for adopting such laws based on “outmoded gender constructions and ideological preoccupations.”

According to the American-Statesman, his work is celebrated by the North American Man/Boy Love Association, which published a book he edited, “Greek Love Reconsidered.” Scholars who contributed essays to the 2000 book came from UCLA, Northwestern and Johns Hopkins.

Hubbard, however, has disavowed NAMBLA, telling the newspaper he’s not “influenced by or sympathetic to NAMBLA’s radical position.” He neither endorses its “idiosyncratic approach to legal reform” nor shares the “sexual orientation of its members.”

The university has upheld Hubbard’s First Amendment right to his scholarship in media interviews and said he’s not violating any campus policy.

A spokesperson told the American-Statesman that “the study of controversial and even offensive ideas is protected by the First Amendment,” but Hubbard has not been alleged to “violate university policy or takes actions that threaten the safety of the campus community.”

After the illegal protest at Hubbard’s home, the spokesperson told the Chronicle that the administration condemns the “threats of physical harm” against Hubbard and vandalism against his home, “and will work to protect them from harm.”

The university did not explain why no one had been arrested or punished under UT policy – with their own video evidence – in spite of the spokesperson’s reminder that “threatening anyone’s safety violates the law and university standards of conduct.”



Anonymous said...

The man is studying history and the values and mores of historical societies and the differences and similarities of how they regarded a particular subject.

That the subject is not a particularly tasteful one or extensively researched before merely means his scholarship on that subject will be more prominent if not becoming the seminal research to which further scholarship will be compared which is a goal of most historical researchers.

Bird of Paradise said...

Too bad they don't have a Time Machine to send these pathetic little snowflakes back in time so they can see what the world was real'y like until these whining little screwballs took over let them see the dirty commies and cold blooded killers they wont read in some liberal written text books

C. S. P. Schofield said...

No, no, Bird of Paradise. Sending these little ninnies back even asa far as two centuries would be murder. They wouldn't last long enough to learn anything. Of course, they way they are going in THIS century, they aren't going to learn anything before they die.....