Samstag, Januar 25, 2014

International bekannteste Männerrechtlerin hält Vortrag an Universität Ryerson: "Sind Männer überflüssig? Feminismus, Meinungsfreiheit und die Zensur von Männeranliegen"

Wie die Canadian Association for Equality berichtet, soll eine neue Reihe von Vorträgen an der Ryerson Universität im kanadischen Toronto am 6. Februar durch einen Auftritt der international wohl bekanntesten Männerrechtlerin und Feminismuskritikerin eröffnet werden: Karen Straughan, die ihre Prominenz vor allem durch ihre Reihe vielgelobter Videobeiträge errang, die sie unter dem Pseudonym GirlWritesWhat auf Youtube stellte:

Karen Straughan is a Canadian human rights activist, blogger and writer who rose to prominence through her powerful YouTube videos commenting on current affairs and cultural issues. A mother of three, Karen speaks out fearlessly on gender and equality with passion and clarity, refusing to back down when intimidated. As a female who has aligned herself with men’s issues awareness, Karen has been the target of hatred and campaigns of misinformation. Karen will address the necessity of building safe spaces to discuss the health and wellbeing of men at university campuses, even in the face of organized resistance against any group that dares to discuss gender in a way other than through officially sanctioned perspectives.

Genderama berichtete in den vergangenen beiden Jahren ausführlich über die Ausgrenzung und die gewalttätige Randale, mit der feministische Ideologen unterbinden wollten, dass die Anliegen von Männern an kanadischen Universitäten zur Sprache kommen. Beispielsweise untersagte die Studentenvereinigung an der Ryerson-Universität eine von Studentinnen geführten Gruppe, die sich mit den Problemen von Männern beschäftigen wollte.

Über Karen Straughans Vortrag heißt es:

The male suicide epidemic and violence against young men, the lack of attention to men’s physical and mental health, declining university enrolment, parental alienation against fathers, and sexist perceptions of men in popular culture need a voice, and they are too important to be ignored any longer. (...) Karen will speak to how men and women can work together on a variety of positive projects

* Addressing the drop in male high school graduation and university enrolment, and the lack of men in key professions like nursing, education and early learning, the latter despite the fact that having a male role model in early life could offset the disastrous results of fatherlessness in our society

* Confronting dangerous expectations of masculinity that exacerbate men’s health and make it "unmanly" to seek help even when desperately needed

* Responding to the sexist stereotyping of men that is now routine in everything from television and pop culture, to policies like legal aid clinics that deny service selectively to males and hospital abuse screening programs that refuse to consider the possibility of domestic violence against men even when confronted with data to the contrary.

In response to the censorship of men’s issues at Ryerson University and beyond, based on a radical version of feminism that brooks no heterodoxy, Karen will also challenge us to take an honest look at where modern feminism has failed in its approach to men and men’s issues, and where it may have become a force impeding gender equality. She will argue that in treating women like children and men with disdain, society becomes unable to confront complicated issues that require us to all work together.


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