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Community Safety Gender Equality The Feminist War On College Men Must End Toni Airaksinen https://www.allthink.com Jul 22, 2016 Due Process Rumour Spread Cyberbullying





"According to contemporary feminism, the choice religion among female college students, men can't do anything right. They manspread, they mansplain, they are all potentially violent, and they suffer from the incurable ailment of toxic, yet fragile, masculinity."

"First, to borrow an imperative from safe-space culture, feminists must assume good-intentions from men. The world will never be a safe space for men if feminists fail to uphold safe space guidelines with interacting with them. Failing to assume good intentions leads to an environment where male bashing becomes a competitive sport."

"As Ashe Schow, writer for the Washington Examiner wrote, "At some point, very recently, due process ceased to be a liberal cause celebre and instead became viewed as an impediment to social justice - at least when the accusation is of rape."
Feminists can still support rape-victims while supporting due process. The two are not mutually exclusive."


Toni Airaksinen
Jul 22, 2016





The Feminist War On College Men Must End

As a student at a women's college, there is nothing more disturbing for me to see than the male-bashing pervasive throughout my campus culture. From jokes about the fragility of masculinity to giving trigger warnings for any mention of men, I see an absurd level of distrust, scorn and contempt towards men coming from my feminist peers.
While the male-bashing antics at my school may be exceptional, since I'm at a women's college, this type of competitive male-bashing happens at other colleges too. At every institution, men are demonized while women are exalted.
This paradigm pervades society. Male bashing is sacrosanct to feminist virtue signaling. Feminists demonize men, particularly college men, to establish their own moral high ground. Nowhere is this more common than on college campuses.
This feminist war on college men must end. Not only is it unjust, but it is disastrous for gender harmony.
When I was an angsty young teen first dipping my toes in the cesspool of Tumblr social justice slacktivism, the notion that it was totally rad to hate your oppressor made me feel empowered.
At that point, men didn't do anything wrong to me. But I became convinced there was a male conspiracy to imprison me in the kitchen just because I was born female.
I see the same type of ritualistic talk of male hegemony coming from my peers, some professors, and from the popular media. It's never overt, but subliminal enough to perpetuate the notion that women are always on the losing side of the gender wars.
When the concept of patriarchy is preached alongside the social justice mantra that it is justified to "hate your oppressor," it is an awful time to be a male college student.
According to contemporary feminism, the choice religion among female college students, men can't do anything right. They manspread, they mansplain, they are all potentially violent, and they suffer from the incurable ailment of toxic, yet fragile, masculinity.
When college begins, males lose the inculpability that childhood confers just as their female compatriots discover feminism. Since children can do no wrong, boys aren't problems in feminist parlance until they become men. Where do boys become men? Often, this happens on college campuses. As soon as they become men, they are under attack.
So, how can feminists end the disastrous war they've waged on college men?
First, to borrow an imperative from safe-space culture, feminists must assume good-intentions from men. The world will never be a safe space for men if feminists fail to uphold safe space guidelines with interacting with them. Failing to assume good intentions leads to an environment where male bashing becomes a competitive sport.
As Nahema Marchal wrote in Heat Street, "To use social justice terms, the only thing [male bashing] does is essentialize and alienate an entire demographic to the point of harming the very cause of progress."
Indeed, this harms progress. Feminists should not promote rhetoric that casts men as a class in a negative light. Men's Rights Activists would benefit their cause if they stopped denigrating women as a class, too.
Second, feminists must support due process for men facing allegations of sexual misconduct; Glenn Reynolds, a University of Tennessee Law Professor, was of the first to declare the push towards erosion of due process as "a war on college men." Since the release of the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter, there have been dozens of cases of men suspended from college without due process. Feminists have tarnished the public image of men to the point where men are often assumed to be guilty before they can even claim innocence. Due process ameliorates this unfortunate circumstance.
As Ashe Schow, writer for the Washington Examiner wrote, "At some point, very recently, due process ceased to be a liberal cause celebre and instead became viewed as an impediment to social justice - at least when the accusation is of rape."
Feminists can still support rape-victims while supporting due process. The two are not mutually exclusive.
Finally, feminists must adopt men's causes as their own. These causes include poor male academic achievement, discrimination in the court and legal system, and many other issues. With this, men will stop being resentful that their interests have been forgotten by mainstream activism movements.
Advocacy is a two-way street. The fight for a better tomorrow should not be fought with two warring factions, but with a unified front solidified by mutual goals.
Feminists must declare a truce with college men. Creating allies in the fight for a just world begins with collaboration across gender lines, not male demonization.
Toni Airaksinen is a rising Junior at Barnard College in NYC. She has also written forQuillette and The Columbia Spectator. She tweets @Toni_Airaksinen.



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