A disgraced academic Geoffrey Miller has partnered with fratire author Tucker Max to create a men’s lifestyle magazine called Mating Grounds. I would wish them the best of luck with Mating Grounds if either of them had any integrity. But they are riding coat tails and pretending to be original when they are copying Danger & Play.
It’s quite cool to start a site to compete with Danger & Play. Say my site sucks. Say you can do it better. That’s fine. Besides, knowledge advances when someone comes in and makes old ideas better.
But to say you don’t know it exists is low-down behavior. To claim you’re original when you’re nothing more than a Louis Vuitton bag being sold out of the Garment District is disrespectful behavior that has to be called out.
Geoffrey Miller and Tucker Max claim that Mating Grounds was needed because, “[Tucker Max’s] writing is the only frank and honest thing they’ve ever read on sex and dating. There is nothing else that talks about these issues the way you do.”
Geoffrey Miller danced with the devil that is Danger & Play back in May, 2013.
(Geoffrey Miller likes Danger & Play’s tweets but claims he’s never heard of Danger & Play.)
Perhaps inspired by my brashness, Miller tweeted that fat people lack self-discipline:
It was a stupid tweet. Some of the best lawyers and doctors and PhDs I know are obese. They like to eat and don’t care that they are fat. It’s perfectly possible to have the self-discipline to get a doctorate while munching on fettuccine alfredo.
He immediately pulled the tweet. He should have. He was wrong.
He should have said, “That was dumb. My bad,” and been done with it. Keep raising hell. Being dominant means being respectful and admitting when you say something stupid. No big deal. We all say and do stupid things. Own it and move on.
But Professor Miller did not own his words. He lied and said the Tweet was being used for “research purposes.” He was studying how people would react to trolls online, he said.
Eventually he had to fess up. No, he wasn’t doing research. He was just being an idiot. What happened next will be seen as ironic considering that Professor Miller is now writing about masculinity.
Professor Miller has tenure. This means he could not be fired for a silly Tweet. He had total job security. He could have just said, “I was an idiot. You’re overreacting. I’ve apologized and that’s it. I’m not going to grovel.”
What did he do?
He went into some Star Chamber and agreed to the following punishment:
The University of New Mexico has formally censured Associate Professor of Psychology Geoffrey Miller for misrepresenting to his department chair and colleagues the motivation for a tweet he published this past June. The tweet, which questioned the willpower of overweight Ph.D. applicants to complete a dissertation, was widely disseminated. Miller quickly removed the tweet, posted an apology and then closed his Twitter account.
As part of the censure, Miller will be required to:
- Work with the faculty co-advisors of the Psychology Department’s Diversity Organization to develop a plan for sensitivity training as it pertains to obesity.
- Be assigned a faculty mentor [i.e., babysitter] for three years with whom he will meet on a regular basis to discuss potential problems.
- Have his work monitored by the chair of the Psychology Department.
If you want advice on how to bow down, check out the Mating Grounds. I’m sure he has a lot to say about kissing butt and living on your knees rather than standing up like a man.
Presumably everything appearing on Mating Grounds will have to be cleared through the politically correct clearinghouse of academia. After all, Professor Miller must “have his work monitored by the chair of the Psychology Department.”
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