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Pity Party April 25, 2010

Posted by Dwight Furrow in Dwight Furrow's Posts, Philosophy of Gender.
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A group of professors have decided the oppression of men has gone on too long and have decided to create a Male Studies program.

“This came out of the contentious business of gender studies,” says Lionel Tiger, professor of anthropology at Rutgers University. “It’s not men’s studies as contrasted with women’s studies. It’s a study of males without all the ideology and self-righteousness of feminists about turning over patriarchy.”

Tiger apparently believes that since women have had access to the pill and legal abortions, civilization is collapsing.

According to Dr. Edward Stephens, Chairman of the Foundation for Male Studies, men suffer from what he  calls “the lace curtain,” which is supposed to be analogous to the glass ceiling.

But since men still make more than women for comparable work and because men disproportionally occupy positions of power in business and politics, it is hard to see how there is a legitimate analogy here. Angry Mouse’s sarcasm is appropriate:

Yes, because our entire educational system has, for too long, ignored the contributions of men to history, art, literature, politics, economics, and science. Isn’t it about time we directed at least a little attention and appreciation to men’s experience throughout history?

Miles Groth, a sponsor of the symposium, wants to  incorporate the valuable lessons of Principles 101: Feminism, Manhood and You into this program. Lessons like this:

Do not tolerate disorderly behavior from women. You will only cause yourself more problems in the long run.


Feminism trains women to feel they unilaterally deserve what men have earned.

And how about this:

Simply put, Manhood is your authority — the proper form necessary to govern the lives of others, especially women.

This doesn’t sound like an attempt to make visible the plight of an oppressed group—it sounds more like a reactionary attempt to hang on to male privilege in the face of women’s success at achieving some measure of equality. As Angry Mouse says:

It’s about throwing a pity party because for the first time in human history, men are having to share the power they have always assumed was their birthright.  

book-section-book-cover2 Dwight Furrow is author of

Reviving the Left: The Need to Restore Liberal Values in America

For political commentary by Dwight Furrow visit: www.revivingliberalism.com



1. Paul J. Moloney - April 26, 2010

I guess some men can’t take oppression, from women, like a man.

2. Asur - April 27, 2010

Whatever the flaws residing in the quoted articles, the point is nonetheless valid and valuable that if it is appropriate to devote an academic field to ‘Women’s Studies’, it is at the very least poor form not to have an equal number of viable ‘Men’s Studies’ programs as well. It’s downright peculiar that there aren’t.

Similarly, why Asian Studies, Black Studies, Chicano Studies…but no White Studies?

Surely studying something is not the same as empowering it–a point individually relevant to all of these Studies.

3. Paul Elam - May 5, 2010

The blogosphere has been alight since the Conference on Male Studies, with some support, but mostly with this type of snide and myopic condemnation.

While no doubt men have dominated for ages in the studies of hard science and humanities, history and arts, which I think most sane people would agree we have all benefited from, the one thing males have not done, monolithically speaking, is study themselves.

Dwelling on real or imagined elements of dominant patriarchy does not alter some very disturbing realities.

Men are:

85% of the homeless
79% of all suicides
98% of all war dead
93% of workplace deaths
80% of job losses in the current Great Recession
40% of college graduates and dropping steadily

Add to this the rampant discrimination against men in family courts, selective service and conscription, media denigration and boys falling off the charts in schools and you have a crisis, were this any other singularly identified population.

And these are stats that have never gotten one shred of real study within the feminist driven gender studies zeitgeist.

I should say these stats are disturbing to some, but really not that many. In an obscenely ironic case of strange bed fellows, feminists and traditional males are now working together to dismiss all this under the postmodern guise of seeing men as either powerful oppressors that don’t deserve attention, or the traditional trap that need to man up and take all this with their mouths shut.

That’s right men, just shut up and keep shoveling the f-ing gravel.

Well, like it or not, there are actually men and women right now who can THINK about these things outside the influence of gender ideology and also without the stifling mandate of traditional male disposability.

And it looks like they aren’t going to be silenced with a few smug and derogatory sound bites from box thinkers and the terminally indifferent.

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