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Interview with Karen Straughan up on Tea with CAFE Podcast

Following up on our recent high profile event with Karen Straughan at Ryerson University, CAFE is looking for students, grads, faculty, staff and any member of the Ryerson community to join our new Men’s Issues Awareness Society at Ryerson University.  Contact us

Watch CAFE’s Adam McPhee interview Karen:

Footage from Karen Straughan: Are Men Obsolete? Feminism, Free Speech and the Censorship of Men’s Issues, our recent event at Ryerson University, is now up on our YouTube channel, EqualityCanadaTV

Super Breaking: Ryerson University President Waives Security Fee for Karen Straughan Event

Breaking: Donor has stepped up to match contributions up to $600 toward the security fee


Ryerson University is requiring we move to a new location and pay a $1600 security fee for the event to proceed. We recognize the University is doing what they think is best to balance fundamental freedoms against safety considerations, but such a “free speech fee”  is wrong and ultimately unhelpful, only feeding into the strategy of those who would respond to positive dialogue with violence and intimidation.


Please ensure this event proceeds – and help us build a war chest as we seek to host events at 8 Universities across Canada in 2014 – by clicking here to donate now

The Canadian Association for Equality is starting 2014 with a bang! Men’s Issues has arrived at Ryerson University and you’re invited to join the group and its inaugural event. We’re very excited to announce a public event featuring Karen Straughan, best known as GirlWritesWhat on YouTube, blogs and social media!

Are Men Obsolete?

Feminism, Free Speech and the Censorship of Men’s Issues

Read the Media Advisory

Last year the Ryerson Student Union refused to ratify an organization concerned with the health & well being of men – run by female students! In November the Munk Debates posed the question: Are Men Obsolete?  To confront a dangerous trend, the Canadian Association for Equality announces its 2014 New Year’s Resolution: to host no less than 8 major events at different universities and colleges across Canada over the course of the year in an effort to build men’s issues awareness on campus.

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.

So please join Karen Straughan, the YouTube sensation GirlWritesWhat, at the launch of the Ryerson-based Men’s Issues Awareness Society

Date: Thursday, February 6 at 7:00 PM (Note date change)
NEW LOCATION: G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education 7TH FLOOR, Peter Bronfman Room, 297 Victoria Street

You do not need to be a Ryerson student to attend. The general public is very welcome.
If you’d like to volunteer for the event, or get involved in the new Ryerson group, please contact us

Live Streaming and Remote Participation for Karen Straughan event. Click here for details 

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. Last year, the Ryerson Student Union passed an emergency motion just in time to deny ratification to the Ryerson Equality Association that would have been run by two female students, instead rejecting:

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.

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.

Live Streaming and Remote Participation for Karen Straughan event

It’s absolutely vital we have a great attendance as we seek to inaugurate our programs at Ryerson University following the Ryerson Student Union efforts to ban a group affiliated with us last year focused on the health and well-being of men and boys.

But if you can’t make it to Toronto we encourage you to join us remotely on our live streaming youtube or Google+ event pages.

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We especially encourage students at campuses across Canada, and those interested in starting a CAFE branch, to organize local viewing sessions wherever possible.

We will be live tweeting the event incorporating into our tweets #mensissues @RyersonU

We encourage you to follow along and send your thoughts and questions using those twitter identifiers, or by commenting on the Google+ Page, so we can relay them to Karen.

If you plan to host a local viewing session we encourage you to contact CAFE so we can give you a shout out and follow up with you after the event!

Thank you, and please help us spread the word about this exciting event and remote participation opportunity!

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  • Sammy
    Dec 20, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Woohoo!!! Karen is one of my heroes. I can’t wait 😀

  • capt.
    Dec 21, 2013 at 04:02 am

    very exciting, Ive heard a few of her talks on you tube.

  • Greg
    Dec 21, 2013 at 02:56 pm

    Her youtube handle is, “girlwriteswhat”. Please update your post.

  • Ed Connor
    Jan 01, 2014 at 09:32 pm

    During my last year studying social work at Sault College my friend Shawn and I listened to Girl Writes What to maintain balance while we were bombarded with bigoted feminist ideology. We thought lectures by her should be introduced into the curriculum.

  • jeff
    Jan 09, 2014 at 02:23 am

    My hero! I wish I was in Toronto then!

  • Chris
    Jan 17, 2014 at 07:00 pm

    This is in a week. Any updates on the location and time?

  • Baldwin bravo
    Jan 21, 2014 at 02:15 am

    I really wish I could be there, but it’s just the wrong date for me.
    Best of luck with this

  • Eric D. Tarkington
    Jan 21, 2014 at 02:33 am

    I’ve been a parental equality advocate since 1998 (AKA, the dawn of time), and I’ve tried several times to find people in the equal parenting movement ready to invade the universities, but there are too many jobs and too few advocates. In significant part, children lose fathers because we have had generations of government-subsidized, man-hating propaganda being taught for credit in universities, where our decision- and policy-makers are made. The nation’s children will not be safe until we overcome this sickness. So, I was delighted to hear of CAFE arising entirely without my knowledge or help, and news of Karen coming to speak in my old home town is music to my ears. Unfortunately, I’m 1000 miles away, so I’ll just have to wait.

  • Xena
    Jan 23, 2014 at 01:59 am

    I’m so excited this is coming to Ryerson! I’ll be in the audience calling out her bullsh*t. See you there!

    • Ed Connor
      Jan 24, 2014 at 03:46 am

      Dear Xena: While I studied Social Work in college I politely endured two years of Feminist rhetoric. When given my opportunity I answered My professors with factual statistical evidence and dignity. I request you do the same.

    • Rambo
      Jan 29, 2014 at 09:43 pm

      Don’t get too excited , Karen will multiply you with zero.

    • Jon
      Jan 30, 2014 at 05:28 pm

      But then who will be on position on the fire alarm?

    • typhonblue
      Jan 31, 2014 at 08:08 pm

      I hope you call her out on this bullshit:


  • CitymanMichael
    Jan 25, 2014 at 11:32 am

    None better than Karen Straughan (GirlWritesWhat) to put forward the problems facing men & boys today.

    She is super!

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    Jan 25, 2014 at 08:50 pm

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  • Horatio
    Jan 26, 2014 at 03:44 pm

    Just found out about the date change – and Yes I can make it!! I will be bringing some friends also. I hope persons like Xena will do their homework before resorting to common feminists tactics of misrepresenting facts and avoiding real issues of equality – which are now becoming well known.

  • Sancho Diaz
    Jan 30, 2014 at 07:21 am

    I saw some of the posters on the Ryerson campus that were put up to promote this event. They are on various boards in hallways for posters. Then today day all the posters were gone.

    • admin
      Jan 30, 2014 at 06:23 pm

      Thanks for letting us know. We will get more up shortly. Are you a student at Ryerson? We are looking to connect with any member of the Ryerson community to assist us with this and future events.

      • Chris Mulvogue
        Jan 31, 2014 at 09:36 pm

        I am a Ryerson student. I posted about this on our student Facebook groups looking for support regarding the security fee.

        I would be more than willing to assist you with anything regarding our events. If you need to get in contact with me, please refer to my e-mail in the field above, or look me up on Facebook using the name above (Chris Mulvogue).

  • capt.
    Feb 01, 2014 at 01:01 am

    “Girl writes what” is a speaker and lecturer that is ahead of the curve.
    May her career prosper like another of her contemporaries Dr Helen smith.

  • Horatio
    Feb 02, 2014 at 01:40 am

    Charging a $1600 security fee is plain wrong and I feel greatly politically motivated. Why is the fee so high – has this fee been charged to any other group? On the positive this will give even greater publicity.

  • Horatio
    Feb 02, 2014 at 04:06 am

    I propose that the lecture by GWW be given at Dundas Square, right next to Ryerson – in the cold out door temperature — and invite the media.

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  • Brab
    Feb 03, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Karen is a legend!

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  • Dennis
    Feb 05, 2014 at 01:38 am

    I’m trying to donate but the page keeps turning Swedish 🙁

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  • Davis
    Feb 05, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    I have never been a financial contributor to an “activist” fund, but if I want things to change, I must do my part.

    I just PayPal’ed @20USD for the “goomba protection” fund. Though I am 2,500 miles away, I will be there in spirit tomorrow night.

  • Davis
    Feb 05, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    I just saw the update that the security fee has been waived.

    Karen, get yourself a couple beers on me with my donation! If I were there, I’d ask to join me for a cup of coffee – even if we were in an elevator, but the beers will have to suffice

  • Kevin Brown
    Feb 06, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Hope everything goes well… great work, great perspective grounded in reality. I have to work, but ant to send my RESPECT to Karen! All the best!

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