Penn State and the McQueary Syndrome

When we say we don’t know what we’d do under the same circumstances, we make cowardice the default position.  Kathy Shaidle

On the Penn State pedophilia scandal and Mike McQueary’s reaction on discovering a little boy getting sodomized in the university’s locker room shower, Mark Steyn had this keenly perceptive cultural observation to offer:

Here surely is an almost too perfect snapshot of a culture that simultaneously destroys childhood and infantilizes adulthood.  The “child” in this vignette ought to be the 10-year-old boy, hands up against the wall, but, instead, the “man” appropriates the child role for himself.  Why, the graduate assistant is so distraught that he has to leave and telephone his father.  He is pushing 30, an age when previous generations would have had little boys of their own.  But today, confronted by a grade-schooler being sodomized before his eyes, the poor distraught child-man approaching early middle-age seeks out some fatherly advice, like one of Fred MacMurray’s My Three Sons might have done had he seen the boy next door swiping a can of soda pop from the lunch counter.  Orange County Register

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6 Responses to Penn State and the McQueary Syndrome

  1. Mary Posey says:

    I have been meaning to leave you this link for a while, so here it is 🙂 My husband has started his own blog and this was what he wrote regarding Penn state, I thought you might like to read it.

    Keep up the great work!!!!!


  2. Mary Posey says:

    Time for the program to take a poison pill and just die! As long as the program is more important than moral responsibility, it has to cease to exist! PERIOD. They should have cancelled all their games for the rest of the year too.

    Not that I have an opinion on this!

  3. Lori Heine says:

    There is also the fact that, at a place like Penn State, college football is a god. It is like a religion for those people. Witness the Occupy Wall Street-style hysteria from the students defending Joe Paterno’s honor.

    I used to like football, but I have come to be barely able to stand it. Some people think this means I should turn in my dyke membership card. But it merely means that I already have a God, and football ain’t it.

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