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When progressive profs venture past the city limits, it's a whole new frontier:

Zillah Eisenstein, a professor politics at Ithaca College, declared in a lecture last Friday that agriculture is "capitalist, racialized patriarchy."
The lecture was titled "Thinking about Hetero-Racist Misogyny in 'Agriculture'" and took place at nearby Cornell University as part of a seminar series on gender issues in the practice of agriculture.

Her lecture should have been titled "Talking at length about subjects I know nothing about":

Though an author of 12 books with titles such as Capitalist Patriarchy and the Case for Socialist Feminism and her memoir Manmade Breast Cancers, Eisenstein has never worked in or studied agriculture. The professor explained that she was speaking as part of a seminar series on women in agriculture by stating, "[m]y point here is you're thinking agriculture and I'm thinking capitalist racialized patriarchy."

Well, yes.

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That's hardly at all messed up. More bullsh-t baffles brains. I'd love to have a picture of her audience - most with appropriate glazed-over faces, and a few nodding vigorously, pretending that they understand the gibberish. Oh yes misogyny, yes yes, capitalist patriarchy, those foul farmers!! Blah blah blah blah blah.

Oh dear, the farmers aren't going to like her. Good thing she can get her food from the supermarket, eh?

I protest. It's the bulls that get the cinch

Another WASTE of SKIN...

...the Spartans had it right...they understood genetics quite clearly.
This one shoulda been left on the mountainside...

What is more the question is how on earth completely bat shit crazy gender neutral Femi-nazi eunuchs like this get tenure at Universities..

meh, never mind, I know....

she's like the south end of a north bound bull

"positing the question of what happens to the “notion of gender” in different agricultural sectors."

A "Y" chromosome doesn't bode well for life expectancy in livestock.

That Zillah she's no Einstein.

I dont suppose Mr Know it all has ever thought where the food he stuffs into piehole with comes from Just another intellectiual knownthing with a walnut sized brain and a chip on his shoulder(The Block of Wood on top of his neck)a typical liberal idiot

hetero-racist misogyny in agriculture. now I am convinced that the human species is at the end of it's run on this planet. it has been nice to be here, so long and good luck. how does a moron like this even qualify as a professor of anything?.

Seriously, agriculture has affected the environment more than any other human activity. Restore the wilderness! Down with agriculture! End agriculturalists' hegemony!

She's obviously mentally ill.

If anyone was wondering how Obama got elected twice....

Applies to Canadian 'higher education' too.

Justin Trudeau would love her in his team.

Images of her on google show a woman who colors her hair BLONDE.

A radical feminist who colors her hair blonde...isn't that like a radical Muslim who would be wearing a crucifix necklace every day?

You see blonde hair, she sees capitalist patriarchy... and I see a crazy woman who belongs in a padded room.

Ms Eisenstein, a professor POLITICS at Ithaca College, is not only an expert in Agriculture but in medicine as well. The problem is the same in both cases, essentially, it's men. They are simply ruining the world and killing women.

Her 1st book: Manmade Breast Cancers (2001)
"Eisenstein was sixteen when her forty-five-year-old mother successfully battled breast cancer. Her two sisters, Sarah and Giah, were in their twenties when they were diagnosed, but neither of them survived. She received her own diagnosis when she was forty.

Despite her family history, however, Eisenstein rejects the simple argument that genes are simply determining, rather than liable to influence by external factors. She also questions the dominance of the theory that breast cancer is caused by high lifetime exposure to estrogen. Instead, she views breast cancer as an environmental disease, best understood in terms of ecological, racial, economic, and sexual influences on individual women. She uses the term "manmade" to indicate not only industrial carcinogens and other cultural causes, but also the male-dominated and defined scientific practices of research and treatment."

I'm certain that you all clearly see that in no way the inbreeding of Jews over centuries (the chosen ones) could have caused breast cancer in the mother and her 3 daughters. (And probably in the previous generations of her matriarchy as well). Nope, it was industrial carcinogens and other CULTURAL CAUSES (ecological, racial, economic, and sexual) and made worse by the male dominated and defined scientific practices.........


Agriculture has befuddled Marxists from the beginning, being essentially an urban fantasy the idea never really caught on in the hinterlands. Stalin's collectivization of the Ukraine led to famine, death for millions and declines in production. Likewise E Germany, Cuba, China, anywhere the ideas were put into play. The latest absurdity can be observed here by reading the Great Leap Manifest by Naomi Klein.In it she calls for a carbon free economy in a few decades. Only someone who assumes food is grown behind the supermarket could write such nonsense. 97% of food grown in N America requires petroleum fuel, and the same proportion uses diesel fuel for delivery, to the upscale markets where Klein and her cohorts shop. This will not change in her lifetime, unless we go back to a pre-confederation Canadian economy. Somehow I can't see Klein or the signees hoeing a garden in Toronto and putting food by for the winter. Lenin called such types useful idiots, but I would delete the first adjective.

Robert. How about if you simply stoped stuffing your fat face with food becuase i suppose like most igorant flatlanders you think food grows on the supermarket shelves a typical tree hugger back to nature freak u should start living in a cave and eat nuts and berries

I'm guessing Robert was being sarcastic.

Eh Mr. Plover, I think actually that Robert agrees with you.

Cornell has a good agriculture college, I do believe. The Eisenstein seems deranged. However, she has reproduced herself, I see.

Terrible to be her offspring.

Da, I keep on reading that more women are farming than ever before.

Eisenstein may have not studied ag, but doesn't she even read the mainstream media?

From the Washington Post an article about more women farming in MD and VA: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/27/AR2009062702386.html

Ivory tower academic torturing the facts on the ground, in this case, the fertile ground. Ha

She is, in an ironic way, quite correct. Modern agriculture, which is characterized by farmers growing crops to be sold at market for consumption by non-farmers in exchange for currency IS a capitalist, racialized patriarchy. Of course the converse of this statement is that collectivist, non-racialized matriarchal societies have failed to progress beyond sustenance-level agriculture. As evidence one need only look to agriculture in Zimbabwe (and more recently South Africa) to see what happens when happens when the capitalist, racialized (i.e., white) patriarchy that governed Rhodesia is replaced with a collectivist, non-white matriarchal governing society. The rice paddies of Vietnam provide an Asian example. To my knowledge there are no examples of collectivist, matriarchal societies which have progressed beyond sustenance-level agriculture.

The capitalist, racialized patriarchal model of agriculture was exported to the rest of the world largely through the efforts of Norman Borlaug, an Iowa farm boy turned Agriculture professor. His efforts saved millions of lives and lifted hundreds of millions from desperate poverty, earning him a Nobel Prize.

Eisenstein and Bourlag represent polar opposite visions of the future. Eisenstein's vision leads inevitably to mass poverty, starvation, and death. Bourlag's vision leads just as inevitably to increased standards of living, better health, and wealth. Choose wisely, America.

This isn't Cornell, this is Ithaca College, a smaller institution with no agricultural or engineering programs. Eisenstein still has an Ithaca webpage that doesn't appear to have been updated for several years, where she is described as "Professor Emerita".

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