“True Love Week” is a series of events organized by seven Yale students calling themselves Undergraduates for a Better Yale College. It’s formulated as an antidote to the concurrent Sex Week, which it believes “aggravates” rape and sexual harassment and enforces Yale’s “hook-up culture”. Though the leaders of UBYC have a history of moralizing—nearly all of them belong to Choose Life at Yale, the campus anti-abortion outfit—it’s not so clear, as it is for abortion, what their solution to “hook-up culture” involves. Nor is it clear what kinds of sexual behavior they deem appropriate for their peers. The group’s selection of speakers for True Love Week, however, provides a clue.
Meet Anthony Esolen, Princeton alum and English professor at Providence College, who will deliver “The Person as a Gift” for True Love Week on Monday. Before UBYC courted the scholar of Renaissance English Literature, Esolen wrote and published an elaborate, ranting, ten-part treatise against gay marriage, in which Esolen blames gay marriage for the destruction of platonic male friendships, the divorce rate of heterosexual couples, and the death of culture itself.
When IvyGate inquired about Esolen’s work, UBYC’s Bijan Aboutorabi told us that his “writings about same-sex marriage aren’t really in UBYC’s topical purview, so [he couldn’t] offer a comment on that subject.”
When we pointed out that UBYC is advertising True Love Week with an enormous pair of gold-plated wedding rings, another officer, Eduardo Andino, told us that UBYC “is not an organization which has been made to lay out a comprehensive philosophical system that addresses all sexual questions.”
Don’t want to, though? You’re in luck: here’s IvyGate’s official field guide to Professor Esolen’s elaborate conspiracy theory of gay people, in ten parts (with a bonus bit about lesbians): Read the rest of this entry »