It’s going to take a while to come close to describing the extent of the rape hysteria in education, and how it often translates into a form of misandry – sexism against men and boys – and often leads to a presumption of guilt against men and boys who are wrongly accused of rape. Since this is a very controversial issue and we’ll be dealing with a lot of information, I’d like to list some core values upfront that I hope we can all agree on:
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Misandry is sexism against men and boys as a group, or against individual men and boys based on their status as males. It can be expressed in a myriad of ways. One way is by expressing hostility - either by direct insults, or by implying that males are inherently unintelligent, unnecessary, or dangerous. It is expressed by speaking of men and boys as if they deserve our indifference, which has the effect of dehumanizing them and rendering them more vulnerable to the slings and arrows of the world. It is expressed by acting as if the well-being and vulnerabilities of women and girls are more important than those of men and boys, or by enforcing one rule for men, and another for women.
In education especially, misandry can be expressed by the assertion that a particular action, idea, body of knowledge, perspective or invention is illegitimate simply because it was created or performed by someone with a Y-chromosome. When certain individuals act like or claim that there is a dark side to male nature and a good side to female nature, while denying, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that there is a dark side to female nature and a good side to male nature by dismissing them as “just myths and stereotypes,” they are in effect saying men are bad and women are good, which is misandry. Misandry is the belief that the worst among males is representative of men and boys in general, or “normative masculinity,” or “male culture,” or whatever broad brush is used to tar men as a group.
I believe that suspending a 9-year-old boy for calling a teacher “cute,” or for singing “I’m sexy and I know it,” or for punishing boys – but not girls – who spank the bottoms of their classmates is also a product of misandry. In this sense, almost everything that I will cover in The War on Male Students – from the neglect of their educational needs, to the presence of anti-male hostility, to the systemic destruction of their civil rights - is a product or byproduct of misandry. But what I will address in this particular line of videos and blog posts titled “Misandry in Education” is not so much misandry in the form of actions, but misandry as it appears in the spoken and written word. And while it can be reasonably said that not all, or even most, faculty, administrators, or even students express sexism against men and boys, it also bears mention that they don’t have to. Prejudice and hatred for men and boys – just as it is for any other group – does not have to be consistently all-encompassing to create a hostile learning environment. All it has to be is consistently unopposed.
Here, we will be unapologetically critical of the misandry of Radical Feminism and its influence in education. Moderate Feminists are quick to tell us that “not all Feminists are like that.” While that is certainly true - and I do name the exceptions – it is not a justifiable reason in and of itself to ignore or sweep under the carpet the sexism expressed by those who are like that.
At first, the lack of opposition to misandry by faculty and administrators may seem understandable. Decades ago, like the frog in the boiling water, many of them could not even identify the problem. And also, most of the misandry in academia is a politicized form of sexism, and political disagreements are often best avoided.
But when prejudice develops from an attitude among a scattered few to a connected subculture, when that subculture becomes entrenched, and when it metastasizes to the point that it begins to eat away at the civil rights of those it targets, remaining silent is no longer a virtue. As we will see, misandry in education is not merely a collection of infrequent and disassociated anomalies arising from individuals uninfluenced by supportive or acquiescent peer groups. On the contrary, it is a culturally pervasive in education in a way that cannot be reasonably characterized as incidental, coincidental, or even accidental.
On a related note, there are good-faith efforts springing up within academia to help men and boys, particularly in terms of educational attainment. I created a video and blogged about one of them, which is Project MALES at UT Austin, which hosted two symposia which I attended, at one of which I volunteered. While good hearts and good minds are working in such groups, they do have limitations. First, many such groups and initiatives (with few exceptions, one of them being Project MALES) are isolated, poorly funded, and live only as long as they can produce immediate results, or as long as the particular educator who champions that particular cause remain employed at that facility, a phenomenon Richard Whitmire documented in his book Why Boys Fail.
Second, absolutely none of them as of right now, September 2012, are addressing the destruction of the civil rights of male students, and none of them are investigating and developing the means to combat the subculture of misandry which contributes to a hostile learning environment for male students. And while these groups do have their hands full with the issue of educational attainment alone, the fact remains that we need a strong and networked voice in education to stand up for men and boys who are denigrated by sexism or have their civil rights violated, and currently no such voice in academia exists.
Furthermore, after reviewing the general culture and structure of academia for some time, I am convinced that groups which focus on the inequities in educational attainment for men and boys will never get enough funding for operations on a large enough scale, nor will they ever get the approval they need from the right people in the right places, nor will academia ever engage the lion’s share of its networking and funding potential to helping male students until the cultural barriers of misandry and careerism are weakened or removed.
And with that being said, let us begin.
Friday, September 21, 2012
This post is long past due, and perhaps should have been the first post I made. Better late than never, I suppose. I’m not sure whether many will read it, but I feel it’s necessary to put it out there.
|Men: overrepresented among the most brutal, filthy, and deadly jobs|
Mission and Values:
· Educate the public on the issues and needs of men and boys, especially in academic matters.
· Advocate the ideals of equality and social justice, question the assumptions of traditional gender roles that are limiting and harmful to men and boys, and compliment the current discourse on gender equality.
· Take a stand against the phenomenon of misandry – sexism against men and boys.
· Advocate a philosophy of non-violence.
· Advocate the end of the zero-sum approach to gender equity by stressing that for every women’s issue there is a men’s issue, and that both sexes deserve our compassion and support.
· Support and advocate – in limited and appropriate measures - civil disobedience in the face of unjust laws, codes, customs, policies, directives, etc.
According to a notice on the University of Waterloo website:
“Waterloo Regional Police on Thursday announced that a sexual assault occurred on the University of Waterloo campus on Monday, Sept. 17. The statement from Waterloo Regional Police reads in part:
'As a result of investigation by Major Case Branch investigators, it has been determined that a rape described at the University of Waterloo campus on September 17, 2012 occurred.'
No charges have been filed.
False rape accusations are treated very seriously at the University of Waterloo. A guide to campus and community resources can be found at http://uwaterloo.ca/police/sexual-assault. The university appreciates the efforts of Waterloo Regional Police and the University of Waterloo Police Service in this investigation.”
Just kidding. The exact opposite happened. The real report reads:
“Waterloo Regional Police on Thursday announced that a sexual assault alleged to have happened on the University of Waterloo campus on Monday, Sept. 17, did not occur. The statement from Waterloo Regional Police reads in part:
'As a result of investigation by Major Case Branch investigators, it has been determined that the female’s initial allegations to police were not true. The sexual assault previously described at the University of Waterloo campus on September 17, 2012, did not occur. Investigators are appreciative of public assistance received during the investigation.'
No charges have been laid.
The University of Waterloo remains committed to ensuring the safety of all members of our campus community. Safety tips and a full outline of our campus safety services and procedures is available online at http://uwaterloo.ca/police/personal-safety-guide. Sexual assault is treated very seriously at the University of Waterloo. A guide to campus and community resources can be found at http://uwaterloo.ca/police/sexual-assault. The university appreciates the efforts of Waterloo Regional Police and the University of Waterloo Police Service in this investigation.”
Now, what did the initial report sound like? Did the university take a dispassionate stance, or did they automatically side with the accuser? If you have been following The War on Male Students, you probably already know the answer. But if you don’t, here it is, as well as something else besides:
“On Monday, September 17, between 10 and 10:30 p.m., a female student was sexually assaulted by two males while walking through the west cul de sac between Village 1 and Mackenzie King Village.
Police provided the following descriptions of the suspects, who fled after the assault:
- Suspect 1: male, white, 19 years old, 5’6”, with a heavy build, wearing a red hat
- Suspect 2: male, non-white, 19 years old, 6’, black hair, slender build.
The ongoing investigation is being led by Waterloo Regional Police, supported by University of Waterloo Police. We will update the campus community as more information becomes available. Anyone with information is asked to contact Waterloo Regional Police at 519-650-8500 ext. 3310, University of Waterloo Police at 519-888-4567 ext. 22222, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.
The safety of our students and all members of our campus community is of paramount concern at the University of Waterloo. As a result of this incident, campus police have increased patrols in the area of the student residences. Students, faculty, staff and other members of our community are encouraged to be alert to danger and report any suspicious activity to campus police.
- Follow a major road at night, or a well-lit path
- Walk at a steady pace and with confidence near the curb
- Avoid dark entrances and shrubs
- Do not walk home alone at night — make arrangements with a friend to meet and walk home together, call for a ride, or use one of the resources offered by the university.
Further information about campus safety resources, including our shuttle service, can be found online at https://uwaterloo.ca/police/safety-resources. The shuttle service is available from the first day of registration to the last day of exams. It leaves regularly from the Student Life Centre at about 7:00 p.m. in the winter, at 9:00 p.m. in the summer and runs until 2:00 a.m. Women have first priority for rides. Emergency intercoms, with flashing blue lights, are located throughout the campus.”
From a perspective of gender equity, some things come to mind:
In the final report, the university tells us that “sexual assault is treated very seriously at the University of Waterloo.” Here we have the usual: whenever a false rape accusation occurs on campus, instead of telling us how seriously they treat false accusations (which they can’t legitimately say because they don’t), the university tells us that they instead take very seriously the crime that was the subject of the false accusation. The same thing happened at my alma mater, A&M-Commerce: the initial report was spun as if an assault had absolutely occurred, and the final report focused primarily on the plight of rape victims, including a shadowy and fear-inspiring picture of a rapist (pictured below).
In addition to telling us that a rape had absolutely occurred, the initial report says that the suspect was “male, white, 19 years old, 5’6”, with a heavy build, and wearing a red hat.” I wouldn't like to be a male student who just casually came to school wearing a red hat that day, or a man who anyone in the university had ever seen wearing a red hat. Just think if a guy who had not seen the report was going to class and someone in the class said, “hey didn’t you wear a red hat last semester?” And regardless as to whether he did or did not respond by saying “oh yeah, yeah I did,” and regardless as to whatever the police said in a final report, it wouldn’t matter. Thanks to the university, he would already have been socially convicted.
Concerning the false rape accusation, the university tells us “no charges have been filed.” That was a mistake. A commenter on Reddit argued that no charges should be filed against the accuser, for this reason: “This never got to a prosecution stage. Once she presses false charges with the police and prosecution, then it becomes serious.”
I disagree, for this reason: punishments for false rape accusations - even light forms of punishment - deter future false accusers. Given that the lack of deterrence may promote future false rape accusations, and given that rape is such an emotionally charged accusation that it sometimes compels people to make vigilante attacks against the person accused (which may result in injury or death - see HERE and HERE and HERE), adopting a policy of deterrence in regards to false rape accusations - even if the punishment exists in light forms - is the best policy, given that it may save someone's life down the road. And it bears mention that when a university publicly presumes guilt against the person accused, it has the potential to put a man’s life in danger.
Lastly, in describing the shuttle services, the university tells us “Women have first priority for rides.” In case the University of Waterloo hasn’t noticed, men are the majority of victims of street violence, including and especially homicides. If whites were the majority of victims of violence, would they tell black students that white students have priority over blacks? Need we remember the case of Rosa Parks (pictured right), an African-American woman who sparked a national civil rights debate because she refused to give up her seat on the bus for a white person? In this case, male students aren’t being told they have to sit at the back of the bus; they can’t even get on the bus.
An imbalance in resources between male and female victims, a cultural crusade against male criminality with a casual indifference toward female criminality, and discrimination against male students on the basis of sex, these are things which we should see as a structural inequities. But to a modern university, none of these things are perceived as inequities or discriminations against male students; it is business as usual.
Several things need to change at the University of Waterloo:
|"In Harmony With Truth"|
#1 – In the initial campus reports, Waterloo needs to stop reporting accusations of sexual misconduct as if they had absolutely occurred. The university’s motto is “Concordia Cum Veritate,” which ironically means “in harmony with truth.” It might be a good idea to practice that.
#2 - Charges need to be brought against the woman who made a false rape accusation. This needs to become standard operating procedure, and the University of Waterloo needs to advocate and support this.
#3 – Resources for the wrongly accused need to be in place at Waterloo and posted at the university’s website.
#4 – The shuttle service needs to stop discriminating against male students who wish to use the shuttles.
And there’s probably a few other changes Waterloo University needs to make, but that’s good to go on for now.
Students at Waterloo University need to speak up. They need to consult their administrators and tell them that what they are doing is not good enough for the needs of male students. If the administrators refuse, I have just the thing. College campuses across the west sponsor an event called “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.” The intent of the event is to raise awareness of female victims and to “stop men’s violence against women.”
|Those crazy admins!|
I propose that every University of Waterloo administrator who thinks that these things are ok be given a red hat that they will put on, and then (while wearing it) walk a mile through and around the University of Waterloo campus. We’ll call it “Walk a Mile in His Red Hat.” Sounds catchy, eh?
|UCLA welcomes male students to campus|
Or maybe they just need to stop discriminating against male students and call it a day, eh? :D
If you want to visit the world’s largest blog giving a voice to victims of wrongful accusations of sexual assault, visit The Community of the Wrongly Accused at www.cotwa.info. If you’d like to learn more about discrimination against men and boys in education, visit the archive page for The War on Male Students.