Do you think anyone from academia would rush out to defend Sean Hannity if he had been caught doing what Jeffrey Toobin did? I’m guessing no.

Campus Reform reports:

Penn prof defends Jeffrey Toobin’s Zoom mishap

University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education professor Jonathan Zimmerman argued that New Yorker columnist and CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin’s accidental self-exposure during a work video conference call was a “pseudo-scandal” rooted in Americans’ “collective unease with masturbation.”

Toobin was suspended from the New Yorker after he left his camera on while engaging in an act of self-pleasure during a Zoom meeting with colleagues. He said he believed that he had turned off his camera.

“We Americans love to talk — and talk, and talk — about sex,” noted Zimmerman while discussing the incident in the New York Daily News. “But there’s one topic that remains taboo, and Toobin is paying the price for it.”

Zimmerman argued that masturbation embodies the fears that arose as a result of the Enlightenment idea of the “autonomous individual, endowed with natural rights” — namely, the propensity for free individuals to “descend into corruption and vice.”

“You might say that he shouldn’t have been pleasuring himself during a work call, but that’s his business rather than yours,” said Zimmerman, noting that Toobin’s exposure was not intentional. “Inadvertently, he let the rest of us know about it. And now we can’t forgive him for it.”

Zimmerman concluded his argument by noting that most Americans masturbate: “News flash: Toobin masturbates. But I’m guessing that you do the same, dear reader. Maybe you should stop feeling weird and guilty about that. Then we can all stop making fun of Jeffrey Toobin.”


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