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The Politics of Gender and Victimhood, with Cathy Young


  • Start Date:2015-09-24
  • End Date:2015-09-25
  • Start Time:19:00
  • End Time:21:00
  • Location:Toronto and Ottawa


  • Organized by:Sponsored by Canadian Association for Equality
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The Politics of Gender and Victimhood

The Canadian Association for Equality is excited to announce our sponsorship of a lecture tour by the great iconoclastic columnist and gender issues critic Cathy Young in Toronto and Ottawa.

Cathy Young will call for gender equality beyond the gender wars.  Watch the trailer:

Choose from the following two venues:


Thursday September 24th, 7:00 PM
InterContinental Toronto Yorkville Hotel
220 Bloor Street West Toronto Ontario M5S 1T8
Hosted by the U of T Men’s Issues Awareness Society
NEW: Special exclusive reception with Cathy Young. Entrance by donation. Details below

Friday, September 25th, 7:00 PM
Saint Paul University Auditorium
223 Main Street, Ottawa, ON, K1S 1C4

Please note: 2 tickets are free to each new and renewing CAFE members, and discounted for existing members. Please join or renew your membership here and then email us to request a free ticket. You may also contact us to check the status of your membership.

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About the EventThe politics of victimization have placed a stranglehold on reasoned debate and evidence-based policy making. Nowhere is this more true than at the intersection of gender and victimhood.In many areas, progressive rhetoric has focused on the victimization of women — whether it’s sexual violence, domestic abuse, violence in the workplace, or cyberbullying. Oftentimes issues that should focus on supporting all victims, regardless of gender, are instead turned into women’s rights issues. We see this with our approach to domestic violence, as well as cyberbullying and cyber-harassment as in the current Gregory Elliott trial or the ongoing gamergate controversy.Meanwhile there is a tendency to disregard not only male victimization in these areas, but other areas in which men are more likely to be victimized. This attitude not only promotes gender polarization but also feeds into very traditional “damsel in distress” tropes.Feminists often argue that it’s patriarchy, not feminism, that causes the denial of male victimization and vulnerability. While they have a valid point, feminist ideologies that stress women’s personal victimization by men ironically tend to reinforce these patriarchal stereotypes.

As the cult of victimization grows, the perception of a war on women is seen as justification for new public policies that fail to balance support for victims with fundamental rights for the accused. We too easily abandon legal traditions of due process and the presumption of innocence that took thousands of years to establish.

The result is a modern day witch hunt enabled by an overzealous campus administration and a lax media that in cases of ideology-fuelled campus anti-rape activism can easily hurt innocent people. Witness the mass suspension of the University of Ottawa hockey team following allegations against two team members, cases of male students expelled from colleges over an episode of mutual drunk sex, and the University of Virginia rape hoax reported by Rolling Stone which led to mob vandalism and threats against a blameless fraternity.

There’s a lot to talk about. Join us while an open discussion of these issues is still possible.

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About Cathy Young

Cathy Young is an author, public speaker and veteran journalist. In addition to writing a weekly column for Long Island Newsday, one of the largest dailies on the East Coast, she is a contributing editor for Reason magazine and a regular contributor to Time, The Daily Beast, The Weekly Standard, and The New York Observer. In the past, she was a regular columnist for The Boston Globe and The Detroit News. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal and Salon.com, among other publications.An iconoclast, Young has offered important insights into many of the gender debates of contemporary society, including campus anti-rape activism, mattress girl, gamergate, cyber bullying, and the erosion of due process in cases of campus sexual harassment allegations.Cathy Young’s writings cover a wide variety of topics, including politics, culture, gender, religion and secularism, human rights and democracy, and campus politics. From what she describes as a “pro-equality point of view,” Young is an equal opportunity critic, offering an indictment of ideological forms of traditionalism, feminism, and men’s rights activism.She does not repudiate the label of feminism, writing that a pro-equality philosophy can be called “feminism or something else.”  New York magazine has called her a “contrarian feminist,” while the well known psychologist Steven Pinker has described her as an “equity feminist.”

Young is the author of two books, including Ceasefire!: Why Women and Men Must Join Forces to Achieve True Equality. She also contributed the essay, “Keeping Women Weak,” to Next: Young American Writers on the New Generation (Eric Liu, ed.). W. W. Norton & Co., 1994. As a research associate at the Cato Institute, she co-authored, with Michael Weiss, Esq., the 1996 policy analysis, “Feminist Jurisprudence: Equal Rights or Neo-Paternalism?”

Young’s television appearances have included The Today Show (NBC); Crier & Company, Inside Business (CNN); This is America!, To the Contrary, and Uncommon Knowledge (PBS); Washington Journal (C-Span); Judith Regan Tonight and The O’Reilly Factor (Fox News Channel).

Young explains “I am a strong believer in individual rights and limited government. I believe in judging people as individuals, not on the basis of membership in a group. I believe that reality trumps ideology, left or right. I believe Western democracy, flawed through it is, is worth defending. Perhaps most important, I believe that it should be possible for honest and intelligent people to disagree on political issues and respect each other.”

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