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A free speech wall, McGill Daily and Men’s Rights Activists

What students are talking about today (January 23)


 

Carleton Students for Liberty/Facebook

1. Seventh-year Carleton University human rights student Arun Smith has apparently not been in school long enough to learn that other people have rights to opinions that differ from his. After the “free speech wall” on campus was torn down, he posted a message to his Facebook wall claiming responsibility. “If everyone speaks freely we end up simply reinforcing the hierarchies that are created in our society,” it read. The display had been erected by campus club Carleton Students for Liberty and students were encouraged to write anything they wanted on the paper. Someone wrote “abortion is murder” and “traditional marriage is awesome.” GBLTQ Centre volunteer Riley Evans took offense, telling The Charlatan student newspaper that the wall was attacking those who have had abortions and those in same-sex relationships. Campus coordinator for the CSFL Ian CoKehyeng explained the purpose of the wall: “We feel that university is supposed to be an area of discourse and free thought, but it’s actually the opposite. We have less free speech on campus.” Looks like he may be right.

2. McGill University’s administration wants to disregard several Access to Information (ATI) requests from students, according to the McGill Daily. Not only that, it has also asked to “disregard future requests submitted by the respondents or students of McGill or student journalists of The McGill Daily and the Link (Concordia University) or by persons associated to McGilliLeaked or by persons that could reasonably be linked to such requestors,” under certain circumstances. The McGill Daily’s editorial board argues that this is a problem: “By asking to disregard ATI requests, McGill is attempting to remove one of the only avenues that journalists and students alike have to investigate the workings of their university.” Julie Fortier told CBC News, on behalf of the university, that 14 people are abusing the system. She notes that ATI requests jumped from 37 to 170 between 2011 and 2012.

3. You’ve probably heard of SeekingArrangement.com, the morally questionable website where “sugar babies” connect with “sugar daddies” who help them finance their post-secondary educations. The site just released a list ranking Canadian universities by the number of sugar babies who signed up in 2012 and it’s titillating news editors across the country. The top five, according to Metro News Edmonton, are: 1. Ryerson University (183), 2. University of Ottawa (179), 3. University of Toronto (156), 4. McGill University (148) and 5. University of Alberta (125).

4. Speaking of sex, a new study shows that “sex with an ex” is common among adults aged 17 to 24, reports LiveScience. A survey of 792 emerging adults in Ohio who had been in relationships within the previous two years showed that 44 per cent had gotten back together with an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend. The researchers say it’s worrisome because young people may be more likely to have unprotected sex with an ex-partner who may have had unprotected sex with others in the meantime.

5. Paige Gorsak, writing in The Gateway at the University of Alberta, calls the Edmonton chapter of Men’s Rights Activists “a farce.” The local group says it’s concerned with “male circumcision, men’s reproductive rights, domestic violence awareness, antifeminism, misandry, chivalry and false allegations.” It’s the anti-feminism Gorsak takes issue with. The MRA links to the site avoiceformen.com, which “regards feminism as a corrupt, hateful and disingenuous ideology based in female elitism and misandry.” Gorsak says that the MRA spends more time attacking feminists than on “actual activism” and shouldn’t be taken seriously. “There’s a big difference between believing in your own values or championing free speech and going out of your way to hate on another group. These two aforementioned sites aren’t so much pro-men as they are anti-woman.”


 

A free speech wall, McGill Daily and Men’s Rights Activists

  1. Oh the irony of Paige Gorsak! She doesn’t think MRA’s should be taken seriously because “There’s a big difference between believing in your own values or championing free speech and going out of your way to hate on another group.” Because feminist “scholars” would never go out of their way to hate on another group (men, heterosexuals, whites, or god forbid: heterosexual white men!), would they? In her article on thegatewayonline.ca, she’s discounts the entire MRA movement because it “regards feminism as a corrupt, hateful and disingenuous ideology based in female elitism and misandry.” It surely does. Feminism = women are good, men are bad. Feminism = matriarchy is love, patriarchy is oppression. Feminism is about the rights of women, not of men and women and children. Feminism is about retribution, special privileges and compensation. For the suffragettes, it was all about equality. Today, not so much.

  2. Paige Gorsak sounds hypocritical to me. It took men’s rights activists in Germany to finally end the law that denied unmarried dads any custody rights over their children absent mom’s consent, by going to the European Human Rights Court. Men’s rights activists in Israel did the same and the UN Court of Human Rights chastised Israel for discriminating against dads. Does Paige Gorsak think these men’s rights activists aren’t true activists? Amazing the hypocrisy. If those things were being done to women, Paige would praise the activists who ended it, rather than finding criticism with a few of the things some of those activists say. Today’s version of feminism has become bigotry. The oppose every effort to being presumed joint custody. They wrote the gender-specific domestic violence laws that exclude men, like in CA and Minnesota, and they oppose efforts to make domestic violence laws gender-inclusive to help all victims. In Sweden they tried to create a “man tax.” Feminism is not about equal rights anymore. It’s about misandry and anti-male sexism, largely. That’s why the womanist movement, mostly minority, don’t call themselves feminists, because womenists support the rights of both men and women, unlike hypocrite feminiists of today.

  3. Men are only fighting for basic human rights and equality. Like the right to not be discriminated against in family law and domestic violence law and services.

    There is no misunderstanding, feminists are bigots.

  4. I just love how free speech has come to mean free speech that I agree with. As long as it’s politically correct, and it supports my own belief system then it’s okay.

    Anyone I don’t like should “check their privilege.”

  5. “Seventh-year Carleton University human rights student Arun Smith has apparently not been in school long enough to learn that other people have rights to opinions that differ from his.”
    This is hilarious. The author assumes that the purpose of school is to inform the students of the historical struggles that have taken place to afford him the freedom he now enjoys. The reality is that he has had too much schooling which has filled his uncritical mind with revolutionary garbage. His kind of education is meant to erase the historical struggle and frame it in terms of marxism in which the under class is oppressed by the wealthy capitalists. He blindly follows the doctrine to which he has been indoctrinated and spouts the platitudes of oppression as if it is the only reality. He is simply a tool of revolutionaries, another conduit for lies.

  6. Hey Smith get off your worthless arse and get an effing job!

  7. Has he been charged with destruction of property yet? Vandalism? What would happen to someone who destroyed a wall supporting gay rights at Carleton? Good for the goose and all that…

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