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Media Coverage & Response to Dr. Warren Farrell Event, the Protest & the Aftermath

The Canadian Association for Equality hosted a press conference on January 31, 2013 to respond to its supporters and critics, explain its mandate and goals, provide announcements of upcoming activities and events, and share our vision for promoting gender equality.

Breaking: New Warren Farrell protest footage shows protesters engaging in violence, harassment, and intimidation, bullying an individual who attended to better understand why his two friends committed suicide and another individual being followed by a protester shouting “you are fucking scum, rape apologist, incest supporting women hating fucking scum.

Breaking: Canadian Union of Public Employees supports efforts to ban men’s issues groups on campus

For a full list of media coverage of the Warren Farrell event please click here

Breaking: University of Toronto Student Union and Canadian Federation of Students officially condemn “men’s rights” groups
University of Toronto Student Union Message

On November 16, 2012 the Canadian Association for Equality hosted an educational event with award-winning author Dr. Warren Farrell

The backlash against the event and our educational non-profit, which has unfortunately come to dominate much of the conversation, has been manifested in a number of ways:

– Technical: Our website has been blacklisted by the Web of Trust (WOT) and there is evidence of a coordinated effort to give our website poor ratings by flagging our site as having malware and viruses despite there being none. Our ability to send email has also been compromised by similar efforts.

– Logistical: Complaints were lodged to the University of Toronto in an attempt to impede our ability to book future venues. Complaints allege we referred to the event as taking place at the “University of Toronto” in violation of university policy, though promotions for most campus events routinely indicate the name of the university where they take place

– Physical: A protest was staged that blocked paid ticket holders from entering the event and impeded dozens of people who had planned to buy tickets from doing so. The protesters blocked the venue doors, violating fire and safety protocols by making it impossible at times to exit the building. They engaged in bullying, intimidation, shoving, assault and violence against police that necessitated the arrest and detainment in handcuffs of protesters. Full details are below.

-Existential: A petition is now circulating to have our group deratified by the University of Toronto administration, the Student Life. Meanwhile, events are being coordinated “Why Men’s Rights Groups are Wrong“, a massive superficial generalization based on our critics fabrication of what they imagine we stand for, and an attempt to avoid entering into a real dialogue by demonizing at once the entire movement to add men’s issues into the gender dialogue.

Now the big question for you is whether this level of response is justified by the actual messages Dr. Warren Farrell and our organization were there to share. We would invite each of you to read the promotional material of our event (in case our opponents made that difficult for you) and then watch the following videos. We’re open to debate, and our goal remains to foster dialogue and interaction, but that’s not possible when some people resort to violence and intimidation even before hearing what we’re saying.

Full length video of Dr. Warren Farrell speaking at the University of Toronto, Friday, November 16, 2012

A more professional video will be posted shortly by the Canadian Association for Equality Multimedia team, to include interviews with Dr. Farrell and coverage of his activities while he was in Toronto. Please check back later.


Read Warren’s reaction to the event, and watch Warren Farrell and Canadian Association for Equality Board Member Iain Dwyer Respond to Critics, Discuss Aftermath of Event

The Men’s Centre Campaign PSA Video gives some idea of the kinds of issues we believe men and women care about (full Campaign info and video transcript available here):


The Canadian Association for Equality invited Dr. Warren Farrell,  an eminent thinker featured on Oprah, the Today Show and 1000 other TV appearances, a best-selling author on gender and equality, a Financial times top 100 thought leaders, and a regular speaker to parent, teacher and psychology groups, to share timely advice on what can be done to transform the boys crisis into an opportunity to better the lives of both boys and girls.

Our large scale promotional efforts attracted some attention.













And then a lot more attention following this post by Socialist Worker, which launched a concerted initiative to vandalize or remove posters, setup a group focused solely on the demonization of the University of Toronto Men’s Issues Awareness Society, and to plan a protest at the Warren Farrell event. That protest was orchestrated via this facebook event and then through the e-mail list of the Ryerson University School of Social Work.








The sad story of the Sidney Smith (University of Toronto) banner

First the banner was vandalized:

Then this unapproved second banner was added along side


























The following day both banners were removed, though ours was authorized to be left up until after our event. We went ahead and purchased and approved another banner to have hung. A few days later it was also removed, though left dangling on the floor.

At the Warren Farrell Event – Inside versus Outside

Inside the Auditorium a peaceful conversation took place about fatherlessness, video game addiction, boys’ declining academic performance and university enrolment, and how gender roles hurt everyone, limiting women’s economic options and leading to the “disposable” men in which men are far more likely to end up in the most dangerous kinds of employment











Meanwhile outside the auditorium a peace-invoking while violence-engaging protest prevented over 100 people from hearing any of this































































































For a full list of media coverage of the Warren Farrell event please click here

Canadian Association for Equality’s Iain Dwyer responds on Reddit

An interesting blog post – Part I: Warren Farrell Comes To Toronto (Or Why I’m A Dickhead)

One of the protesters decided to help me out. She approached me aggressively, swearing in my face, calling me a scumbag for no other reason than that I appeared to be asking to go inside.

I adapted as peaceful a tone as I could and answered her, “I’m just here to learn. I’m not interested in choosing sides at the present. I just want to hear the guy out.”

“You’ll pay ten dollars just to hear him out?” she sneered, her spittle still flying in my direction.

“Yes, I said. I consider knowledge and learning valuable. I don’t mind spending a little pocket money to acquire some,” I responded, hoping to diffuse her attack by being as reasonable as possible.

Canadian Association for Equality Response

We had hoped our critics would have added their perspectives to this debate, but instead they not only opted to stay outside, they also set themselves up as arbiters of what others should be allowed to hear. A great number of people came with open minds to hear both sides. Our critics thought it their privilege to rob these individuals – men and women – of their right to decide for themselves the merit of our message.

In assuming male attendees would unthinkingly be turned to hate or in attempting to “protect” women from the seeming offensiveness of our message because they feel they know better, these protesters have exposed their own sexism.

In their calls of “hate speech,” they have made claims against our group – the promotion of misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, incest, rape and violence against children, all without a shred of evidence – that itself constitutes actionable hate speech (eg. Danielle Sandhu, former President of the U of T Student Union: “this is a group looks at.. which marginalizes the experiences of women in our cities and our communities. The violence that our family members experience, that our children experience. Particularly, they defend rape, they defend incest, they defend violence against children and we do not want any of this on campus”)

Furthermore, both the Toronto District School Board and the Ontario Ministry of Education recognize the problem with boys’ education. The TDSB has even setup a “Boys Strategy” and Chris Spence, renowned Director of Education for the TDSB, launched a boys focused school and statses on his TDSB webpage:

A boy without a father is like an explorer without a map: Today, one of the most reliable predictors of whether a boy will succeed or fail in high school, rests on a single question: Does he have a man in his life to look up to?

We don’t believe the government or the school boards are promoting misogyny when they point out the very real problems boys are facing. The modern world is starting to understand it is not only possible to balance an interest in girls issues with an interest in boys issues, but that marginalizing either area, or pitting one against the other, works to the detriment of everyone.

The Canadian Association for Equality maintains its commitment to fostering dialogue that attempts to broaden both the depth and breadth of the gender discourse.  We hope you will give the above videos some serious consideration and ponder some of the issues raised about the status of boys. We expect and respect debate and disagreement, but to refer to our earlier question, once you watch the videos and understand the messages we are putting forward, ask yourself if any of it justifies censorship, hate, intimidation and violence? Now in an ironic way the controversy generated a huge amount of benefit to the Canadian Association for Equality. Our membership has grown exponentially, we are now on the radar of the nation’s mainstream media,  and we have much greater public interest and awareness. With a heightened profile, and having learned a good deal of lessons, we continue with our educational programs and as always we invite you to learn more and to get involved. Whatever your point of view, clearly we agree these issues need further attention.

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  • Greg Canning
    Nov 22, 2012 at 08:55 pm

    FYI a letter to the president of UT can be seen here https://www.dropbox.com/s/krwn34eey43lv3j/Letter%20President%20UT.pdf

    and the response is pasted below.
    Dear Dr. Canning,

    The President has asked me to respond to your letter dated November 21, 2012. We do not have sufficient information to comment on the specifics of this incident, nor, obviously, do we take any institutional position on the merits of the arguments presented by this or any other group that airs its ideas on our campuses. What we can assert is our general view of free speech on our campuses. We believe a university campus is a place where difficult questions are asked and controversial discussions are conducted. It is also a place where freedom of speech, within the bounds of the law, must be respected. There are often significant challenges when speech is perceived to be offensive. On these occasions, the role of the administration is both to remind organizers of events that they must be mindful of the impact on others of the exercise of their freedom of speech, and to remind those who are offended by the content of that speech for the need for civility and respect in these discussions. We deplore disruption of events by protesters and physical intimidation of presenters and their audiences. The vast majority of the University of Toronto community understands that freedom of expression is vital to the mission of universities and cannot be reserved for those with whom one agrees. Indeed, it is heartening to see that much of the commentary around the event to which you refer seeks to engage the issues themselves, while recognizing the right to freedom of expression. We will continue to work with all members of our community to promote this way of approaching controversial issues and events.

    Best Regards,
    Cheryl Misak

    Cheryl Misak
    Vice-President and Provost
    Simcoe Hall, 27 King’s College Circle, Room 225
    Toronto, ON M5S 1A1 Canada
    Tel: +1 416 978 2122 * Fax: +1 416 978 3939

    So if freedom of speech within the bounds of the law is to be respected by the university administration what actions will they take against groups who show no respect for it?

    The answer as demonstrated time and again throughout the current western higher education system is likely none.

  • Chris
    Nov 23, 2012 at 05:25 am

    It is clear that either these detractors never bothered to actually read the mandates of the Canadian Equality Association and its campus affiliates or they are just plainly against anything concerning male issues that they cannot control. These accusations against mens campus groups are simply hate-mongering and misandry without even trying to debate the issues in a civilzed manner.

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  • Adam McPhee
    Nov 23, 2012 at 06:55 pm

    I only found out about the event because of the protest email that was forwarded around Ryerson. It was forwarded by a student to the Student Affairs Co-Ordinator, who will forward things along if students ask him to without checking them himself. The email I received was as follows:

    Lubomyra Senkiw

    Date: Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 12:09 PM
    Subject: Rally against sexism
    To: jedmunds@ryerson.ca

    Hello Jeff,

    Could you forward this to everyone?



    Protest the “men’s issues awareness” group at U of T Friday, November 16, 6:30pm

    UofT Medical Sciences Building, 1 Kings College Circle

    There is a backlash against equality and the women’s movement by “men’s issues” groups that blame women, manipulate men, and ignore poverty, racism, ableism, homophobia and transphobia. Now they’ve invited rape culture defender Warren Farrell, whose ideas threaten safety and equality on campus.

    Join a rally to show that women, men and trans people at U of T want our campus to be a safe space, free from sexism and other forms of oppression.

    Organized by U of T Students Against Sexism

    Jeff Edmunds
    Student Affairs Co-ordinator
    School of Social Work
    Ryerson University
    87 Gerrard Street East
    Eric Palin Hall
    Room 200E
    Mailing Address:
    350 Victoria Street
    Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3
    416-979-5000 x.6228
    fax: 416-979-5214

  • Adam McPhee
    Nov 23, 2012 at 06:58 pm

    I was offended by the email I just posted, and my response is below. I am a graduate of the social work program at Ryerson. I never received a response to my email, nor was the opportunity to hear Warren speak passed along either:


    I find it disconcerting to have just had the email you forwarded around from Luba passed on to me as well by someone in the program. As a staunch advocate of men’s issues (the fact that Luba’s email lists “men’s issues” in quotations as if they are not issues is an insult to men and a blatant example of sexism), I find this insulting not just as a man, but as a graduate of Ryerson’s anti-oppressive framework.

    This is a slap in the face to the fundamentals of AOP. Anyone who thinks men don’t have issues, that they do not need addressing, or that they should also be allowed to have their voices heard. Rather than forwarding this shameful email crying for a protest against a discussion of men’s issues (actually it’s a speech on boys, those things that grow into men when they’re older), though I respect people’s right to protest whatever they want, why not forward on this opportunity to hear Mr. Farrel speak on behalf of a population that is also often forced to be silent.

    I request that you also forward on the speech which you are rallying a cry against, so that students can truly be informed of what they are being asked to protest against:


    Thanks in advance,

    Adam McPhee”

  • Introspectre
    Nov 24, 2012 at 04:40 am

    OT, just thought I would point out, that I use a Firefox plugin called WOT, (Web of Trust), which is an app that lets the community of users, rate the safety of websites. It is supposed to be used to report sites for phishing, malware, privacy etc., but I’ve noticed what appears to be a concerted effort to mark perfectly safe mens rights sites as dangerous. Your site is so marked, so was Man Woman Myth, (he corrected it, to a degree), awhile ago. It seems feminist supporters, are misusing this community for ideological suppression. It may make no difference to you, but I thought I should point it out, as an MRA/MGTOW myself. Yet more semi-organized attempts, to suppress truth, by histrionic ideologues….. sigh………..

  • Archy
    Nov 25, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Did someone say women are oppressing men? Most MRM material I see just says society has oppressed men, even men oppress men and SOME women have also helped oppress men in their positions of power.

    The signs saying how women are oppressed also make me wonder why they are there? Both male n female issues can exist side by side, why are they treating it like a zero sum game?

    • TPH
      Dec 02, 2012 at 04:51 am

      They are treating it as a Zero Sum Game because that is how feminism has gained most of it’s successes. Feminism went past equal rights and equality for women in the 1980’s to an ideology of gender supremacy that we see nowadays.

  • DannyboyCdnMRA
    Nov 28, 2012 at 03:47 am

    To those fighting in the trenches at U of T. Words of advice.
    Your camera will be your best friend and Canada is a single party consent recording nation.
    I will be at the campus soon enough and the bigoted group trying to stop the MRM will be met with cameras and recorders.
    They may not like it but I’ve got a message for them
    Men’s rights are human rights your bigotry and hatred will be documented and exposed via various forms of media.
    I’ve got lots of posters and a devil may care attitude about putting them up. I as well have no problems keeping an eye peeled for those taking them down and recording them doing it.
    Good luck guys and moral and ethical girls your just finding out what feminism is truly all about.
    You can see it in there frothy foaming rabid mouths in the videos.
    The police should have arrested each and every one of them for blocking the doors and slapped a trespass charge on them.

  • Shmiggen
    Dec 03, 2012 at 07:53 am

    To the admin,

    Please correct your heading which reads, “Canadian University of Public Employees..” to read, “Canadian Union of Public Employees”. (CUPE) (just below the YT video in bold)

    Thanks and regards.

  • ManSpeakOut
    Dec 07, 2012 at 04:23 am

    When I first learned of what transpired on the day of Warren’s speech I was shaking with excitement. While it appears to the naked eye that this is bad, but it really is not.

    By sitting back and letting the Feminists reveal their Misandry, and hate themselves. It only further legitimizes our cause and caused more people to see how misandric, evil, and gynocentric the Feminist movement really is.

    More importantly it shows that men also have their own issues that are troubling them and that there is a very strong opposition to this that is trying to prevent this from happening.

    Its getting to the point that the Feminists are doing the job for us Men’s Rights Advocates. They are revealing their own evil nature and we do not have to even lift a finger. We just sit back and laugh at their idiocy.

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