Monday, March 18, 2013

Ryerson Students' Union Rejects Formation Of Men's Group

http://oncampus.macleans.ca/education/2013/03/06/proposed-ryerson-mens-group-faces-hostile-policy/

An effort to guard the empowerment of women’s voices on campus took form Monday when the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) swiftly adopted a bold new policy rejecting the concept of misandry – the hatred or fear of men.

Neda Hamzavi, a faculty of community services representative on the RSU Board of Directors (BOD), watched her amendment to the RSU’s policy on women’s issues pass without any debate, discussion or dispute. This could cause conflict at a time when controversial men’s issues movements are on the rise at university campuses.

“There’s been a lot of work across campuses not only in Ontario but also across the country that have been working sort of [as] anti-women’s rights groups,” Hamzavi said in her pitch to the BOD.

“We want to acknowledge that the additions that we added here are regarding the ideas of misandry and reverse-sexism, both of which are oppressive concepts that aim to delegitimize the equity work that women’s movements work to do.” Marwa Hamad, vice-president equity at the RSU, said the policy will preserve space for discussing misogyny and institutionalized gender imbalances.

The amendment applies to a Women’s Issues clause that provides a strict mandate for which activities the RSU opposes. Outlined in the board’s agenda, the new policy rejects:

“4. Groups, Meetings or events [that] promote misogynist views towards women and ideologies that promote gender inequity, challenges women’s right to bodily autonomy, or justifies sexual assault  5. The concept of misandry as it ignores structural inequity that exist between men and women 6. Groups, meetings events or initiatives [that] negate the need to centre women’s voices in the struggle for gender equity.”

This is a bigoted and disgusting rejection of a group aimed at helping bring to light the issues that face men. What the Ryerson Student Union has done is hastily create a policy that prohibits the formation of this group. The student union claims that formation of such a group oppresses and delegitimizes the woman's movement. This is clearly a fascist move because it pre-emptively shuts down debate and discussion using the manner of rationalization shown. In the view of the ignorant bigots of the Ryerson Student Union, women are victims of male oppression. Therefore, when a movement forms on behalf of males and their rights, this further enables male oppression of women. Therefore, such a movement must be squashed and never be allowed to form.

These ignorant bigots firmly believe that the only voice that counts is women's voices. So ludicrous are their claims that a debate with them would almost be comical to watch. But close minded people as a general rule cannot debate. They are simply not used to it, and if you try to debate them you will see a lot of child-like pouting, huffing and puffing, and screeching that they are right using every logical fallacy you can imagine. Their only salvation is to shut down open debate before it happens, using fascist tactics. This is the only way they can maintain the illusion of having the high ground, by making pre-emptive strikes against those who threaten to question their world view.

By framing the alternative view points and the process of questioning (their singular world view) as part of the "problem", they (temporarily) manage to stifle opposition. But this underhanded tactic will eventually cease to be effective. Public curiosity, if nothing else, will ultimately bring to light those alternative view points.

It's only a matter of time before men's issue groups start cropping up at an accelerated pace. The fact that they are being stopped (by some) only brings us closer, since it unavoidably raises the question, why are they being stopped?

The University of Toronto has done an admirable job of allowing Warren Farrell to speak there last November, and most recently has allowed Janice Fiamengo to give a talk there as well. Clearly, the heads at U of T have more sense than the naive and brainwashed members of certain student unions. I guess when a city is so feminist and anti-male as Toronto, it will eventually breed its own resistance movement from within, and what better place than a feminist stronghold like U of T.

Warren Farrell was the first step, Janice Fiamengo was the second. And there will be more.

I talked previously about Warren Farrell. But who is Janice Fiamengo?

She is a University of Ottawa professor of English. She has seen the workings of feminism from inside of academia for many years. In fact, she says that she used to be a radical feminist, but has seen the light and has come full circle to realize how dishonest and corrupt feminism has become in academia. So for this reason she can't be easily dismissed for not understanding feminism. She lived and breathed it inside of academia at one time.

Here is a video of her talk:

And here is her follow up interview with Sun News:

3 comments:

pinetree said...

I was at the Janice Fiamengo talk at UFT. There were protestors in masks harassing participants -- and they even pulled the fire alarm so everyone had to eveacutate the audatorium while three fire trucks arrived. The hostilty against any pro male discussion in TO is quite big. I did not think Ryerson would also stoop so low --but they did. It is high time men got their rear ends off the ground -- and resist such organized misandry. I think 2013 will see some interesting changes.

Anonymous said...

Men wont organize because they are too busy attacking other men so they can get the prime pussy.

What a life.

Anonymous said...

I've heard that crticizing feminism is a security issue at these toronto colleges...which means...any male who voices disapproval with feminism or confronts feminists is viewed as a security threat to the public.

Best to leave these feminists alone and teach men to move out from Toronto.