The Canadian Association for Equality and the University of Toronto Men’s Issues Awareness Society proudly present:
Are Men Obsolete?
Feminism, Free Speech and the Censorship of Men’s Issues
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)
Location: Ryerson University, Mattamy Athletic Centre, 50 Carleton Street, Alumni Lounge (MAC 4102)
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
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.
Caring About University Men
Why We Need Campus Men’s Centres in a Time of Crisis
Friday, September 27, 2013, 7:00PM
Sandford Fleming Building, Room 1101
10 King’s College Road
Located at the University of Toronto
This year about 35% of university students in developed countries will be male. If the statistically projected steep rate of decline continues, the last bachelor’s degree earned by a male will be awarded around 2025. Although that is not likely to happen, the situation for males on campuses everywhere is precarious, yet only a few faculty and administrators are responding to the reality. What is that reality? What is it like to be a young man 18-21 living and studying at university? How did matters come to be as they are? What is being done to care for young men in the current situation?
Dr. Miles Groth, editor of New Male Studies: An International Journal and founder of College and University Centers for Men will discuss why attention is being turned to young men at university and why they need our concern and care. Dr. Groth, an adviser for CAFE, is the author of Engaging College Men: Discovering What Works and numerous articles on the well-being of boys and men. He has addressed this topic in Australia, Canada and the States.
From Misogyny & Misandry to Intersexual Dialogue
A conversation exploring the effects on both men and women of our current approach to gender and how we might foster a genuinely intersexual – and intersectional – dialogue that is both broad and deep, while incorporating all aspects of personal and social identity
Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 PM
Ramsay Wright Laboratories, Rm. 117 * 25 Harbord Street (at St. George St)
Recommended Donation $5 * All Welcome
What’s Wrong With Women’s Studies?
Academic Feminism, Censorship & Men
Featuring Professor Janice Fiamengo
In Professing Feminism: Education and Indoctrination in Women’s Studies, Daphne Patai and Noretta Koertge present research showing how women’s studies has come to serve a political agenda, leading to deep problems: dubious scholarship, indoctrination, and the alienation of supporters.
Dr. Janice Fiamengo, U of Ottawa English Professor, discusses the problems of academic feminism at Canadian universities: dubious scholarship, indoctrination, dogmatic teaching approaches, limitations on free speech, effects of “equity hiring,” and the consequences for men in the humanities.
Thurs, March 7 at 7:00 PM
VENUE CHANGE: George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place, University of Toronto
(5 minute walk from previous location, McLennan Physical Labs (MP)
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. The University of Toronto has kindly offered us complimentary use of one of their beautiful theatre venues, for reasons related to the law-breaking protest that occurred at our last event. CAFE offers its appreciation to the University for its strong commitment to free speech on campus.
$5 suggested donation
Hosted by the University of Toronto Men’s Issues Awareness Society Sponsored by Canadian Association for Equality
Boys to Men: Transforming the Boys Crisis into our Sons’ Opportunities
The Canadian Association for Equality is excited to announce a 3 city tour with the award-winning author of The Myth of Male Power, Why Men Earn More andWhy Men Are The Way They Are
Dr. Warren Farrell will speak in Guelph (Nov 14) and Toronto (Nov 16)
Dr. Warren Farrell, a pioneer in bringing balance to the gender dialogue and raise awareness of men’s issues, will discuss timely and critical problems facing today’s boys & men. Enlightening and provocative events on a host of topics you won’t hear anywhere else. Whether you’re a man or a woman, parent or child, you won’t want to miss this!
Men and Media: The Invisibility of Male Issues
Fred Litwin is the Founder and President of the Free Thinking Film Society of Ottawa, an organization that provides an outlet for filmmakers and moviegoers alike who are looking for an alternative to the ‘alternative’. The Free Thinking Film Society celebrates the efforts of risk-taking documentarians whose work espouses the values of limited, democratic government, free market economies, equality of opportunity rather than equality of result, and the dignity of the individual, all underscored by a healthy and patriotic respect for Western culture and traditions. To date, the organization has shown over 60 films, brought in several speakers and has organized two film festivals. Mr. Litwin is also the Founder and President of NorthernBlues Music – a cutting edge blues label which has released over 65 CDs since its start in 2001.
Thursday, September 27, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: University of Toronto To Be Announced
From Women’s Rights to Feminist Wrongs: Contemporary Contempt for Men in Today’s Society
Date: Thursday, March 1, 7pm
Location: Wallberg Building (WB), 184 College Street, University of Toronto
Barbara Kay is an award-winning journalist, a weekly columnist in the National Post since 2003, writing frequently on gender and equality issues, particularly on society’s modern attitude towards men. She received the 2009 Award for Excellence in promoting gender issues in the media from the National Coalition of Men and was nominated for the 2008 Award for Excellence in raising issues around child abuse by Beyond Borders. Kay received a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship as well as a degree in Honours English Langauge and Literature from the University of Toronto.
Should Men Be Studied Through the Lens of Feminism?: Introducing The New Male Studies
Date: Friday, February 17, 7pm
Location: Galbraith Building (GB), Room 119 – 35 St. George Street, University of Toronto
The absence of male studies programs in Canada is both a result of and clear evidence that political correctness along with moral panic and third wave feminism have a grip on the academe. Over the last three decades, this has marginalized a more inclusive, multi‐perspective “male studies” discipline. It has resulted in mainly feminist men’s studies programs and research that focus on men as primarily being violent victimizers, as well as secondary and disengaged parents. Male studies programs and a journal are necessary to reveal the “lived male experience.”
Robert A. Kenedy, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at York University, and is on the Executive Board of the new publication “New Male Studies: An International Journal”, an open access online interdisciplinary journal for research of issues facing boys and men worldwide.