Activism opportunity: sign this open letter to the U.S. Senate!

An entire college generation’s civil liberties are being stripped away from them, and the vast majority of us are not even aware it is going on. This is being done via the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education (OCR), which has issued Title IX compliance “guidance” to all publicly funded colleges and universities. While the OCR insists that this and other directives are not binding, virtually all of our nation’s publicly funded institutions of higher learning have adopted policies in compliance with their guidelines.

Right now, the Senate has been requested to further fund the OCR’s implementation of their directives with $137.7 million, and this request is observing a period of public commentary prior to a decision being made. Commentary is available to be sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee by April 15th.

I have drafted a letter, and amassed over 160 student signatures of support within just several days, calling on this committee to withhold funds from the OCR until they change their guidance to comply with students’ legally protected rights. If you or a student you know is interested in adding your name in support, contact me via my email address by sending me your name and the college/university you attend to jaketg19@gmail.com.

How these guidelines strip my generation of their lawful rights to due process and free speech is elaborated upon within the letter below. We as a generation can no longer allow those in power to conduct themselves in this manner. The student movement to end the OCR’s illegal actions starts today; it starts with your signature.

The Letter

Jake Goldberg & Fellow Students
Prepared for the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
Department of Education

Dear Chairman Cochran, Vice Chairwoman Mikulski, Chairman Blunt, and Ranking Member Murray:

I am writing on behalf of myself and my fellow students, whose names are listed below as a pledge of support, to express our strong disapproval for Senator Gillibrand and her colleagues’ request for $137.7 million in FY 2017 for the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education (OCR). We believe that no further funding should be provided to this department until OCR revises its illegal and immoral guidance to our colleges and universities.

Through its 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter (DCL), OCR has severely threatened students’ rights to free speech and due process on our college campuses. The DCL fails to explicitly differentiate offensive speech from sexually harassing conduct. This was not always the case with OCR guidelines. In OCR’s 2001 Guidance, acceptance of the Supreme Court’s Davis v. Monroe delineation between free speech and sexual harassment was unequivocally stated. In 2003, OCR’s DCL once again clearly substantiated the separation between offensive expression and sexual harassment. However, these protections were lost with the issuance of the 2011 DCL, which lacked any substantial speech protective directives. This lack of safeguarding free speech enabled OCR’s 2013 Findings Letter with the University of Montana to further jeopardize our rights. This document created a broad definition of sexual harassment by defining it as unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that does not have to be objectively offensive. Though expressed as non-binding, this definition has still been widely adopted by our campuses all across the country. By allowing vague and far-reaching restrictions on speech to be incorporated into sexual harassment policies, DCL’s directives have led to the deprivation of our constitutional and contractual rights to free speech and expression.

Equally as important is the fact that the mandates set forth in the 2011 DCL have forced our schools to enact policies which effectively deny us of our due process rights when we are accused of violating sexual harassment policies and face disciplinary proceedings. By mandating a preponderance of the evidence standard for vague and far-reaching sexual harassment codes, DCL promotes a standard of evidence that is inconsistent with the severity of alleged conduct. Colleges and universities have responded to the mandates of OCR by establishing biased procedures with no regard to due process protections or a presumption of innocence. There is no reason that sexual harassment cannot be adequately addressed and simultaneously provide all students involved with fair and balanced procedures.

We will never support codes that promote disciplinary proceedings with high risks of error, as such flawed proceedings serve the interests of neither party involved. We will never support overly broad definitions of threatening conduct, as such policies undermine those who truly suffer from deplorable acts of sexual misconduct, and result in innocent people being accused of serious violations. OCR’s guidance does not offer more security for those who genuinely need it. Its guidance allows for the punishing of those of us who hold thoughts and beliefs which others simply don’t wish to hear. Its guidance promotes biased, unfair procedures through illegal mandates that our schools are forced to adhere to. OCR’s guidance does nothing to protect our civil liberties; it destroys them.

Let us be clear. Today our voices number in the hundreds, next month they will be in the thousands, and within a year we will number over a million. We will not go away; we will no longer be silent; we will always be monitoring OCR’s actions. We as students will no longer tolerate unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats usurping our rights to free speech and due process. We will not stop speaking out until our requests become our realities. Our generation has ideals and views that should rise to the stars, yet OCR’s actions leave us suffocating in the strict stripes of their red tape. For these reasons, we ask that you withhold funding for the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education until they change their guidelines to conform with constitutionally established principles of free speech and due process. We appreciate your consideration of this request.

Sincerely,

The Face of Misandry in Academia: A Collection of Banners, Posters and Other Visual Aids

It is sometimes said that a picture is worth a thousand words. This post contains numerous misandric banners, posters, and other visual elements that have been promoted in academia. If you know of one that isn’t mentioned, please link it in the comments section.

See the text below these images for their backstory.


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The “Castrate” Banner – Duke University

In 2006, three male students who were members of Duke University’s lacrosse team were falsely accused of rape (see the video). With overwhelming evidence in support of the falsely accused, the district attorney went so far as to declare them innocent. Before that happened, however, the lacrosse team was suspended, their coach was fired, and the students were subjected to a campaign of relentless harassment. In the picture above are students who are supportive of the false accuser, parading a banner around campus. Ironically, these students claim to be taking a stand against sexual violence by openly advocating sexual violence.


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The Wanted Poster – Duke University

In addition to carrying around a banner reading “castrate,” students supportive of the false accuser in the 2006 Duke lacrosse false rape case passed around what amounted to wanted posters with pictures of the entire team. This poster is also found in Dr. KC Johnson and Stuart Taylor’s book Until Proven Innocent, a thorough account of the horrifying false rape case.


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“Steps to Preventing Rape” Poster – The University of Ottawa

According to The Fulcrum, a now-defunct student publication at the University of Ottawa, this poster hung for years on a window at the Women’s Resource Centre on campus. This poster informs University of Ottawa students that appropriate steps to preventing rape are to make sure male students are confined only to well-lit areas of the campus, that they should wear bells around their necks at all times, and that they be accompanied by police wherever they go.


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Women-only parking sign at the University of Fraser Valley

The University of Fraser Valley has a problem. Not with violence, since records show that UFV is a rather safe campus. No, the problem is in deciding who, in those brief and isolated punctuations of time when violence occurs, should be safe from violence. Should UFV adopt an approach that does not exclude its students on the basis of sex, race, and so forth? Or should it adopt the position that some groups are more worthy of safety than others? They have chosen the latter.

One might wonder: are male students never assaulted? Are they never victims of crime? Of course they are. If the university’s argument is that women deserve special treatment because men are more likely to engage in street crime, would they also accept the rationalization that whites are deserving of special treatment since most recorded gang activity is by persons of color? Of course not. Nor should anyone.

See our article on women-only parking at UFV here.


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“She Fears You” Presentation by Dr. Keith Edwards – 60 Colleges and Universities

According to Dr. Keith Edwards’s removed website (of which I still have screenshots), Dr. Edwards presented his lecture “She Fears You,” complete with a presentation slide bearing those same words in big scary font, to roughly 60 colleges and universities. The goal of the program is to teach male students that female students live in fear of them, and that the only way they can reclaim their humanity is to acknowledge their conscious or unconscious complicity in “rape culture.” When this program was made mandatory for male students at Hamilton College in 2011, most of them simply walked out.


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Poster at UQ: this room is a “safer space for anyone who is not a cis-man.”

Click here to see our article addressing this poster.

Some questions come to mind when viewing this poster. Most importantly, shouldn’t spaces – especially ones watched over by those who claim to advocate equality – be equally safe for all people? And if a particular place is safer for one demographic, doesn’t that mean that it is less safe – i.e., more dangerous – for another?

What is the moral basis upon making certain places safer some, and more dangerous for others? What are the mechanisms by which these Feminists intend to enforce the unequal protections they wish to afford those who enter this space?


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Goldsmith University poster outside a diversity coordination event: “No white cis-men pls”

Feminist Bahar Mustafa (pictured above) was the recently-elected welfare and diversity officer for Goldsmith University’s student union. To kick off a “diversity” event, she said on Facebook “if you’re a man and/or white PLEASE DON’T COME. Don’t worry lads we will give you and allies things to do” and posted the above picture of herself next to a picture of a cup that said “male tears.” She also had the unfortunate tendency to tweet at the hashtag #killallwhitemen. See the our article on her here.


 

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“Be responsible” flyer – Coastal Carolina University

Ah yes, the good ol’ ” the man and woman are both drunk, the man must be a rapist” perspective. What’s that called when we presume people are guilty simply because they are born the wrong sex, skin color, and so forth? Are all men as evil and all women as infantile as this flyer portrays them?


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Woman burning copies of Dr. Hoff-Sommers’s book The War Against Boys

There’s something symbolic about burning a book that fits perfectly well with the mentality of those who oppose advocacy for men and boys in education. The burning of books has been a sign of intellectual and moral barbarism to the civilized world for decades.

Those who oppose educational equity for men and boys are often so narrow-minded, intolerant, and bigoted that they cannot stand the mere possibility of others speaking. And you can see this played out over and over again in the articles here on free speech. You may also see our article that addresses this book-burning in greater detail here.


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“Let’s get consensual” flyer – University of Victoria

This flyer at a Canadian university tells us that sexual violence includes “verbal, emotional, psychological, or spiritual acts.” Indeed, it is “anything that disrespects your sexual being.” Has anyone over the age of 21 not been disrespected sexually at some point? I guess that means everyone’s a victim of sexual assault. Ah, but wait – only women are victims of sexual assault, because it’s all about “the patriarchy.” Yep, all women are victims of sexual assault, folks.

Sponsored by the University of Victoria Students’ Society and The Anti Violence Project.


 

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“What is consent” flyer – Coastal Carolina University

Proving once again that rape hysteria is far more common than actual rape, here we have yet another flyer at CCU broadening the definition of “consent” to a ridiculous degree. Has anyone ever had sex after having a glass of wine? Or sex that was mutually enjoyable but not “enthusiastic”? I guess if a man didn’t make his partner scream like a pornstar that can only mean he is a rapist.


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“Rapist of the Month” Poster – Oberlin College

I have not been able to find the poster behind this story (unfortunately, this was before the era of smartphones with cameras), which is why the above poster is my recreation of it based on news accounts I have read. An article in the Toledo Blade tells the story: at Oberlin College, Feminist students pulled an 18 year-old freshman student’s name at random from the campus directory and put his name on a poster that read “Rapist of the Month.” They then distributed these posters across the campus.

The student was in shock when he found his name on the posters while walking around campus. As reported in the article, when news of the story became public Oberlin College sophomore Emily Loyd said “So many women get their lives totally ruined by being assaulted and not saying anything. So if one guy gets his life ruined, maybe it balances out.”


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“Notice: These Men are Potential Rapists” Poster – University of Maryland

Another recreation based upon the coverage I have read, since we are without the original. An article from The Baltimore Sun tells us the story: “Are nearly all male students at the University of Maryland ‘potential rapists’? Women in a feminist art class here apparently believe so. About 10 of them plastered the campus with fliers last week listing the names of virtually every male student under the heading, ‘NOTICE: THESE MEN ARE POTENTIAL RAPISTS.'” The Feminist students rationalized publicly designating countless male students as potential rapists by saying that they wouldn’t feel offended if they had nothing to hide.


Poster: One Woman is as Good as Five Men – High School Whiteboard

This one was submitted to the Men’s Rights subreddit in April of 2013. The author of the submission said “Found this in a high school classroom. I politely asked the teacher to take it down. She laughed and told me to lighten up.”


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The “Dudetip” Poster – UCLA

Profiling a student on the basis of race is bad. Profiling a student on the basis of sex is good – assuming it’s a male student, and especially if the person doing the profiling is a Feminist. This poster is one of several “Dudetips” created by the UCLA student group Bruin Feminists for “Equality,” telling ordinary men how to resist their apparently irresistible urge to rape rape rape.


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“Sorry We Hurt your Manfeelz” – University of Toronto

In classic Feminist style, this protester informs us just how much men and boys are worthy of humanity and dignity. This is a protester from the 2013 lecture at the University of Toronto by Dr. Janice Fiamengo titled “What’s Wrong with Women’s Studies?” The lecture focused on misandry and intellectual dishonesty in women’s studies. Feminist protesters pulled fire alarms to shut down the event. Read the full story in the post “The University of Toronto: Cradle of a Revolution.”


 

 

 

Video by Campus Feminists to Vote Against a Campus Men’s Center – Simon Fraser University

It’s not often you see a video with a ~98% dislike rate after thousands of votes. Keenan Midgley at Simon Fraser University wanted to set up a men’s center on campus. According to a Maclean’s article, Midgley’s reasoning was that “his gender deals with more suicides, alcoholism and drug abuse, and suffers negative stereotypes just like women do. ‘As a student society, we’re supposed to represent all undergraduates. I don’t think we’re currently doing that,'” he said.

Apparently this was too much for campus Feminists, who decided that men should not have the right to organize or have a space to talk about their problems unless its every move obtained the Feminist stamp of approval. They accused this rather benign effort of being a breeding ground for sexism – without evidence, of course. The controversy prompted an article in The National Post titled “Shocking Anti-Male Hatred at Simon Fraser University.”


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“Boys are Stupid” Clothing & Accessories – Schools across the United States

Clothing and other products featuring the message “Boys are Stupid” became popular to wear in school after the turn of the millennium. An article in People magazine tells us “Erika Kaminer is only 10, but she already knows how to make a provocative fashion statement: her T-shirt reads, ‘Boys Are Smelly;’ her watch says, ‘Boys Are Stupid, Throw Rocks at Them!’ Says the Hewlett, N.Y., fourth grader of her garb: ‘I want to make boys feel bad because it’s fun.'”


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The Clothesline Project – University of Maryland

The University of Maryland is home to the Clothesline Project, an event which aims to empower victims of sexual assault by setting aside a space where they can write messages on t-shirts and leave them to hang on campus for an extended period of time. Unfortunately, for 17 years (from 1990 to 2007) many female (Feminist) students wrote the names of male students whom they accused of rape on these shirts, using this event as a forum to publicly demonize male students and ostracize them as rapists before the entire campus community.

After going on for 17 years, the University of Maryland took action only after they were threatened with a lawsuit, telling students they could only write part of the names of their alleged assailants on the shirts. Many students were still able to use this to identify the men they accused, however. Read more in this article in The Baltimore Sun.


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The Rape List – Brown University

One of the earliest photographic captures of in-your-face misandry in academia is the Rape List at Brown University, seen here as a recreation on The Phil Donahue Show, which ran in the 1990s.  As an article in The Baltimore Sun reports, female students used bathroom walls to accuse male students of rape, writing their names as a “warning” to other students. When custodians scrubbed the walls clean, the list would be rewritten again. Predictably, Feminist students defined the act of erasing these accusations as “rape apologism” and “victim blaming.”

In my study of sexism and misandry in academia, this case is unique because it was perhaps the only time that a higher education administrator dared to publicly call out sexism against male students before the age of the internet and when Feminism still held an overwhelming stranglehold on the discourse on gender in academia (late 90s, early 2000). According to the article, “Robert Reichley, executive vice president for university relations. He says the university will no more tolerate anti-male graffiti than it allows misogynistic, homophobic or racist graffiti.”


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The Rape List – Columbia University

More than happy to repeat history twenty-four years later, a group of activists at Columbia University decided to write the names of alleged “sexual assault violators” and “rapists” on the bathroom walls. See ourarticle about it here.


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“No Means No, Yes Doesn’t Mean Yes” – Radcliffe Camera at Oxford

Given that Feminism’s decline was inevitable due to a variety of factors (misandry, becoming outdated after having won 99% of its legal victories, intellectual dishonesty, not enough money in a recession to fund all their social programs, pissing off 75% of the world, and so forth), it was also inevitable that Feminists would eventually feel their public support wane and seek validation by reminding us all why Feminism needs to exist.

“Who Needs Feminism,” a blog where Feminists submit pictures of themselves holding up messages telling us why we/they/everyone needs Feminism, was set up for just that purpose. Unfortunately, some Feminists (such as this student) aren’t exactly painting Feminism in a positive light.


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Lies, Damned Lies, and Rape Statistics – Colleges and Universities Everywhere

“Hate statistics” are what Dr. Christina Hoff-Sommers called them. There are all sorts of ways of fooling around with the statistics on rape and false rape accusations, and these statistics have been debunked time after time (examples here and here and here and here). The Mission and Values of this site states that there are a significant number of victims of both rape and false accusations of rape, and that both deserve our compassion and support. Unfortunately, those who dominate the discourse on these phenomena in academia often strongly disagree, rationalizing their anti-male worldviews with dishonest cherry-picked statistics.


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“Male Penises Should Come with Warning Labels” Poster – CALM Textbook

According to the user in his submission to Men’s Rights Reddit, this is a poster used in anti-aids campaigns in the 90s, was featured in his Career and Life Management (CALM) textbook.


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“Let’s Arm Ourselves to End Rape Culture!” – University of Wyoming

Feminist Meg Lanker-Simons put the University of Wyoming into an uproar when she made a rape threat against herself on a Facebook page related to the university (story here). She also took part in an anti-“rape culture” rally, where numerous banners such as this one were displayed.

Wait, what’s this written in purple near the bottom? “Until the rape of women ends good men need to arm ourselves and oppose abuse with defensive…action”? Some things bear mentioning here. First, a false accusation of a hate crime is an act of hatred in itself. Second, many innocent men have been killed or by grievously injured by “good men” arming themselves to “protect” women.


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“Men: Stop Raping Women!” Poster – Location Unknown

The origin of this poster is unknown. It was submitted to the authors of the Community of the Wrongly Accused in December of 2009 (see here).


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“Don’t be that guy/girl” posters – University of Alberta

When Dr. Lise Gotell spearheaded her “Don’t be that guy” campaign designed to “teach men not to rape,” Men’s Rights Edmonton launched their own campaign: “Don’t be that girl,” designed to see if Feminists could handle walking a mile in men’s shoes.

Of course, being Feminists, they operate under different rules than those they expect everyone else to follow. Clearly, a woman accusing someone of rape because she regretted a one-night stand is a false rape accusation. But that didn’t stop the professors at the University of Alberta from falsely accusing them of promoting “rape apologism” and “victim blaming.” Read more on the story here and here.


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“Women only” Education – Curtin U, and Elsewhere

Feminists tend to oppose segregated education where education reformists theorize that male students might benefit from classrooms geared more toward male-friendly learning styles. Of course, as should be obvious throughout this post, Feminists operate under different rules than those they expect everyone else to follow, which is why many women-only colleges and classrooms exist.


Cheap Dates, Cheap Textbooks

“Cheap date? Bad. Cheap textbooks? Good.” – Amazon Advertisement

Yes, the idea that men are obligated to shower money on women and adopt a role whereby they are required to take the financial burdens of women on themselves is what can be called traditionalist misandry, although this is quite light compared to what we have seen throughout this post. In addition, you will note something else that sets this apart from the misandry in the rest of this post:

Although this image relates to academia, it isn’t found in a university.

That is no accident, and I hope it helps drive home a larger point. There has been an incredible political hostility to traditional notions of gender in higher education for decades. That is not to say that I believe men and women should each conform to their own narrowly-defined roles; quite the contrary. This does, however, mean something significant: for better or worse, Feminists and their ideological cohorts own nearly 100% of the misandry in academia. They have – quite literally – run out everyone else who could take the blame for it. As people with greater frequency begin looking into the issue of male educational underachievement and start inquiring into what kinds of institutional bias men and boys face in academia, Feminists have no one to blame but themselves when they find themselves in the spotlight.


Closing thoughts:

You have seen the true face of misandry in academia in the above images. Although it is easy to sensationalize images (especially ones that read “CASTRATE”), I’d like to reiterate something I wrote in the introductory post on misandry in academia:

While misandry may most often identified by examining others’ statements, it is important to remember that the problem with misandry is not the singular or occasional statements of faculty, administrators, or students, but rather the attitude and the worldview behind them. 

In other words, it’s not enough to simply oppose what people say. The worldview behind it must be abolished and replaced with something better. Refer to the Mission and Values page of this website for more.

The Language of Misandry in Academia: a Collection of Quotes by Faculty, Students, and Administrators

language-of-sexism-misandry-in-education-school-academia-faculty-students-teachers-administrators-featured-imageHere you will find a warehouse of quotations by faculty, administrators, and students who display moderate to extreme forms of misandry – contempt or hatred toward men and boys. It will be continuously updated, with new quotes added over time.

This collection should be a useful resource for those new to men’s issues in academia. It should also be useful to advocates as a “go-to” resource for identifying and referring others to the kind of hostile learning environment that has become pervasive in certain academic circles.

To clarify, this post is focused on misandry as it occurs in the spoken or written word only, but stops short of where misandry is presented visually on banners, posters, and so forth. If you would like examples of that, see the post “The face of misandry in academia: a collection of banners, posters, and other visual aids.”

The list is meant to be extensive, but not exhaustive. There is no feasible way to contain all the examples of misandric language in academia in this post. That being said, if you would like to add any that are not included on the list, feel free to do so – with citations that can be independently verified – in the comments section.

As we go through the quotes, there are some things I would like you to bear in mind. As I said in the post introducing the basics of institutional bias in academia, misandry in academia is not merely a collection of infrequent and disassociated anomalies arising from individuals uninfluenced by supportive or acquiescent peer groups. On the contrary, it is culturally pervasive in academia in a way that cannot be reasonably characterized as incidental or coincidental.

In addition, while misandry may most often be identified by examining others’ statements, it is important to remember that the deeper problem with misandry is not the singular or occasional statements by faculty members, administrators, or students, but rather the attitude and the worldview behind them. For that reason I advocate looking at this collection of quotes holistically where each quote is a part of a larger tapestry, rather than getting hung up on one or two statements.

For the detractors

Not only is misandry pervasive in academia, the denial of it is as well. Some may dismiss these quotes out of hand by presuming that they are taken out of context. Never fear; I have provided the sources for every single one of these quotes so that they can be independently verified.

While most of these quotes are recent, some are older. Some may be tempted to dismiss them out of hand for that reason as well. What they may not consider is that many of these older hateful quotes have been reprinted in more recent humanities textbooks and presented as though they are gems of virtue. I have provided some of those newer sources as well, where appropriate.

Lastly, it bears mention that virtually nothing has been done prior to the publication of this post to take a substantial stand against misandry in academia by the academic community itself. The attitudes and worldviews expressed in more recent quotes bear continuity with those expressed in older ones, demonstrating that misandry in academia has not diminished over time, but rather has become the moral bedrock of an entrenched academic subculture.

Let us begin.

Misandry: men and boys are bad, useless, dumb, or disposable


“Boys in a ‘crisis’? in my grandmother’s day, only men could vote. When I was a girl, only boys could play sports. In the Roman Catholic Church, only men can be priests. In certain societies today and throughout history, girls can’t attend school, and women can’t work or show their faces in public. In China, girl babies are discarded because boys are favored.

In America, glass ceilings block females from access to power, money and leadership. On playgrounds, a common taunt among boys falls along these lines: ‘You cry/act/talk/throw like a girl.’ So for the fraction of a nanosecond in human history that boys are perceived to be on the short end of the stick compared with girls, you call this a ‘crisis’? C’mon, guys. You take a turn at second-class status for once.”

Source: Sandra J. Anderson, former professor of law at Ohio State University, Board of Trustees member at OSU from 2013-2016. Comment on the online version of Peg Tyre’s 2006 Newsweek article “The Boy Crisis” (commentary now moved here). This quote is referenced on page 11 of Peg Tyre’s book The Trouble with Boys and is reproduced on the iFeminists website.


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Source: comment on a third grade boy’s writing assignment. Picture here. See an our article about this here.


In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man…if you want anything done, ask a woman.

Source: Margaret Thatcher. Not an academic, but quoted by The Network of Enlightened Women (NeW), a traditionalist women’s college group, in their group’s introductory video (source here). This video was also featured on their website.


‘Good Guys’ in the patriarchy are harder to find than the Loch Ness monster in a desert. But according to many people I hear and talk to, “good guys” are everywhere. The propensity to acknowledge the shortcomings of men, overlook them even in obvious examples (such as gang-rape) and excuse their moral responsibility with the magic words, “But he is a good guy,” is an epidemic phenomena at the very least.

I am amazed continuously with the amount of forgiveness people are willing to grant men, as if the majority of rapes aren’t committed by them, as if the majority of businesses aren’t owned by them, as if they majority of pornography isn’t consumed, produced, and profitable to them, and, as if they aren’t somehow affected by the extreme privilege granted to their gender class.

By existing as men, men directly aid in the oppression of women.

Every time a man uses pornography, beats his wife or coerces a woman or dismisses or laughs at her, he is simultaneously denouncing her humanity and reaffirming his own. He does not just do this to amuse himself; her subjugation is a vehicle necessary for his continued existence. That is why men accepting responsibility and acknowledging their complicity in women’s oppression is so extremely uncommon. It is also why there is no such thing as a ‘good guy’ in the patriarchy.

Source: University of New Hampshire student Whitney Williams, in her article for the campus newspaper titled “The Universal Myth of the ‘Good Guy.'” See our post on it here.


Most people know the tragic tale of the Titanic, and one part in the movie and true story always struck me as a NeW lady: “Women and children first.” Chivalry is not about superiority or inferiority, and it does not trample equality. Chivalry is on a completely different level – acting out of concern and respect for those who you believe should be respected.

Even biologically and anthropologically, the male traditionally acts on behalf of the female because she is important – perhaps more important than himself.  Being a gentleman is a selfless and natural way of life, not one that diminishes women or elevates men.

Source: The Network of Enlightened Women (NeW), a traditionalist women’s college group, on their website.


Though still in its conceptual form, the male allies project is the brainchild of the women’s centre designed to bring self-identified men together to talk about masculinity and its harmful effects on both men and women. We know that many men are concerned with the way masculinity denigrates women by making them into sexual objects, is homophobic, encourages violence, and discourages emotional expression.

It is the hope of the women’s centre that the male allies project will help men address these concerns in conjunction with other men and allow them an opportunity to reimagine what masculinity could be.

Source: Website of Simon Fraser University Women’s Centre, on its page “Male Allies.” This page has been removed by the Women’s Center, but was screenshotted and uploaded to our website.

I have a great deal of difficulty with the idea of the ideal man. As far as I’m concerned, men are the product of a damaged gene. They pretend to be normal but what they’re doing sitting there with benign smiles on their faces is they’re manufacturing sperm. They do it all the time. They never stop. I mean, we women are more reasonable.

We pop one follicle every 28 days, whereas they are producing 400 million sperm for each ejaculation, most of which don’t take place anywhere near an ovum. I don’t know that the ecosphere can tolerate it.

Source: Dr. Germaine Greer, at a Hilton Hotel literary lunch, promoting her book The Change – Women, Aging and the Menopause. Reported in “Greer Mocks Men’s Misses” in the Sydney Morning Herald, 11/14/91.


The proportion of men must be reduced to and maintained at approximately 10% of the human race.

Source: Dr. Sally Miller Gearhart, in her article “The Future – If There Is One – Is Female,” ironically featured in a later book promoting nonviolence: Reweaving the Web of Life: Feminism and Nonviolence, p. 266


I think it’s not a bad idea at all. If life is to survive on this planet, there must be a decontamination of the Earth. I think this will be accompanied by an evolutionary process that will result in a drastic reduction of the population of males.

Source: Dr. Mary Daly’s response when asked what she thought of the above quote by Dr. Gearhart, in an interview called “No Man’s Land” conducted by EnlightenNext Magazine, 2001.


As long as some men use physical force to subjugate females, all men need not. The knowledge that some men do suffices to threaten all women. Beyond that, it is not necessary to beat up a woman to beat her down. A man can simply refuse to hire women in well-paid jobs, extract as much or more work from women than men but pay them less, or treat women disrespectfully at work or home.

He can fail to support a child he has engendered, demand the woman he lives with wait on him like a servant. He can beat or kill the woman he calims to love; he can rape women, whether mate, acquaintance, or stranger; he can rape or sexually molest his daughters, nieces, stepchildren, or the children of a woman he claims to love. THE VAST MAJORITY OF MEN IN THE WORLD DO ONE OR MORE OF THE ABOVE.

Source: Dr. Marilyn French, The War Against Women, p. 182, her emphasis.


Everybody wants to tax somebody else: Tax the rich, tax the fat, tax the bald, tax pet owners, gum chewers and those who like manicures. I would like to offer a different solution: Let’s tax men. In fact, let’s tax men a lot, more than they’re already being taxed, and let’s not tax women at all.

Sound fair to you? Good. Me too.

After all, women are not the ones wrecking the nation’s infrastructure. We’re not the ones shooting at the “No U-turn” signs on rural highways. It’s not women who are trying to make our names as graffiti artists. You’ll rarely find a bunch of broads gathered together attempting to create weapons of mass destruction or figuring out how to really get ahead in next year’s arms race.

We’re not the ones running Fortune 500 companies into the ground or manipulating the stock market. As many people have noted, had the firm been called Lehman’s Sisters it might not have gone down the fiscal toilet, taking Wall Street’s profits with it.

Source: Dr. Gina Barreca, in her article “Send Men the Bill – They Made the Mess” in The Courant, 10/6/11.


I find myself increasingly shocked at the unthinking and automatic rubbishing of men which is now so part of our culture that it is hardly even noticed. Great things have been achieved through feminism. We now have pretty much equality at least on the pay and opportunities front, though almost nothing has been done on child care, the real liberation.

We have many wonderful, clever, powerful women everywhere, but what is happening to men? Why did this have to be at the cost of men?

I was in a class of nine- and 10-year-olds, girls and boys, and this young woman was telling these kids that the reason for wars was the innately violent nature of men. You could see the little girls, fat with complacency and conceit while the little boys sat there crumpled, apologising for their existence, thinking this was going to be the pattern of their lives.

The teacher tried to catch my eye, thinking I would approve of this rubbish. This kind of thing is happening in schools all over the place and no one says a thing.

Source: Doris Lessing, an old-school Feminist, in an article at The Guardian


To be a feminist, I believe, requires another ingredient: the felt experience of oppression. And this men cannot feel because men are not oppressed but privileged by sexism. To be sure, men do feel oppression, but are not oppressed as men.

Source: Dr. Michael Kimmel and Thomas E. Mosmiller, Against the Tide, p. 2-3. Quoted in Dr. Amanda Goldrick-Jones’s book Men Who Believe in Feminism, p. 80.


There’s no such thing as reverse racism or reverse sexism (or the reverse of any form of oppression). While women can be just as prejudiced as men, women cannot be “just as sexist as men” because they do not hold political, economic, and institutional power.

Source: Drs. Ozlem Sensoy and Robin DiAngelo in “Is Everyone Really Equal? An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education,” page 46 (bottom). Pic of quoted section here, Reddit thread about it here.

Misandry via rape hysteria

Rape hysteria – one of the most common manifestations of misandry in academia – takes a variety of forms. It is primarily seen in the practice of seeing rape everywhere (including and especially where it does not exist), advocating an extreme reduction or elimination in due process for accusations of sexual misconduct, always taking the side of the woman regardless of the evidence, and suggesting that false rape accusations are acceptable – if not a social good. Some people in academia even believe that since we live in a society where “men rule” that it is not possible for women to consent to sex, making all heterosexual sex rape by default. Here are some of the quotes I have compiled:


They [victims of false rape accusations] have a lot of pain, but it is not a pain that I would necessarily have spared them. I think it ideally initiates a process of self-exploration. ‘How do I see women?’ ‘If I didn’t violate her, could I have?’ ‘Do I have the potential to do to her what they say I did?’ Those are good questions.

Source: Dr. Catherine Comins, assistant dean of students at Vassar College. Source: TIME magazine.


I’m really tired of people suggesting that you’re somehow un-American if you don’t respect the presumption of innocence, because you know what that sounds like to a victim? Presumption you’re a liar.

Source: Wendy Murphy, adjunct professor of law and sex-assault victim advocate, commenting on the Duke lacrosse false rape case. Source: National Public Radio.


Stop with the presumption of innocence. It doesn’t apply to Duke. When they make administrative decisions about student behavior they don’t owe them any due process.

Source: Wendy Murphy, adjunct professor of law and sex-assault victim advocate, commenting on the Duke lacrosse false rape case. Source: NBC news.


Assuming it is a male and female, it is the responsibility in the case of the male to gain consent before proceeding with sex.

Source: Sue Wasiolek, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Duke University, when responding to a reporter who asked her how she decided who is guilty when a student accuses another student of rape. See an article featuring her comment at Indy Week, a local publication.


If a woman did falsely accuse a man of rape, she may have had reasons to. Maybe she wasn’t raped, but he clearly violated her in some way.

Source: Ginny, college senior interviewed by TIME magazine (source here).


Although consideration of male victims is within the scope of the legal statutes, it is important to restrict the term rape to instances where male victims were penetrated by offenders. It is inappropriate to consider as a rape victim a man who engages in unwanted sexual intercourse with a woman.
Source: Dr. Mary Koss, a widely cited and prominent Feminist “rape researcher,” in “Detecting the Scope of Rape,” p. 206 (last paragraph).


It’s obviously one of the big side effects, if it could result in an innocent person being found guilty. But I think sexual assault is such a big issue that it’s worth the risk.

Source: First-year student Steph Winters at the University of Maryland on the school lowering its standard of evidence to “convict” male students of sexual assault. Source: The Diamondback (school newspaper).


So many women get their lives totally ruined by being assaulted and not saying anything. So if one guy gets his life ruined, maybe it balances out.

Source: Oberlin sophomore Emily Lloyd, after Feminist students were criticized for placing posters around campus that bore the title “Rapist of the Month,” and below that heading a name of a freshman male drawn randomly from the campus registry. Source: the Toledo Blade.


A lot of people are very upset by it, but I think if a man was secure he wasn’t a rapist, he wouldn’t be threatened by this list.

Source: University of Maryland senior Erin Lane, after Feminist students were criticized for placing posters around campus that bore the title “NOTICE: THESE MEN ARE POTENTIAL RAPISTS,” and below that heading the names of hundreds of male freshmen drawn randomly from the campus registry. Source: the Baltimore Sun.


There is no clear distinction between consensual sex and rape, but a continuum of pressure, threat, coercion and force. The concept of a continuum validates the sense of abuse women feel when they do not freely consent to sex.

Source: Dr. Liz Kelly, The Hidden Gender of Law, p. 350.


Rape is perhaps the foremost male fantasy in our society.

Source: Dr. Andra Medea and Kathleen Thompson, Against Rape, p. 14


And if the professional rapist is to be separated from the average dominant heterosexual male, it may be mainly a quantitative difference.

Source: Dr. Susan Griffin, Rape: The All-American Crime; Ramparts Magazine, p. 30, 1971Quoted thirty years later in Making Sense of Women’s Lives: an Introduction to Women’s Studies, published in 2000, p. 451-452, among others.


Rape is indeed an extreme form of behavior, but one that exists on a continuum with normal male behavior within the culture.

Source: Dr. Mary Koss, “Football’s Day of Dread,” Wall Street Journal, Feb. 5, 1993. Cited in Who Stole Feminism, p. 210.


Politically, I call it rape whenever a woman has sex and feels violated.

Source: Dr. Catharine MacKinnon, Feminism Unmodified, p. 82.


The American dating system, which constitutes a primary source of heterosexual contacts, legitimizes the consensual purchase of women as sexual objects and obliterates the crucial distinction between consent and nonconsent.

Source: Drs. Margaret Gordon & Stephanie Reiger, The Female Fear, p. 60.


Then there are the wolf-whistles, unwanted hugs and pinches – what the authors of one book call “mini-rapes” – which continually remind women they are vulnerable, sexual victims.

Source: Professors Margaret Gordon & Stephanie Reiger, The Female Fear, p. 6.

Notes to the above quote: while it is clear by reading their book that Drs. Gordon and Reiger support this view, it is also clear that they are referencing a chapter called “Little Rapes” (see here) on page 49 of Dr. Andra Medea’s book Against Rape. In addition, in an interview among Dr. Christina Hoff-Sommers, Camille Paglia, and Ben Wattenberg on the PBS show “Think Tank” (source here), Dr. Hoff-Sommers says,

“I interviewed a young women at the University of Pennsylvania who came in in a short skirt and she was in the Women’s Center, and I think she thought I was one of the sisterhood. And she said, ‘Oh, I just suffered a mini-rape.’ “And I said, ‘What happened?’ And she said, ‘A boy walked by me and said, `Nice legs’. ‘You know? And that — and this young woman considers this a form of rape!”


Don’t allow psychological rape or commit it yourself. Psychological rape consists of verbal harassment, whistles, kissing noises, heavy breathing, sly comments or stares. These are all assaults on any woman’s sense of well-being.

Source: Goshen College website (link here, screenshot here, article about it here).


Sexual violence includes any physical, visual, verbal or sexual act that is experienced by the woman or girl, at the time or later, as a threat, invasion or assault that has the effect of hurting her or degrading her and/or taken away her ability to control intimate contact.’

Source: Dr. Liz Kelly, Surviving Sexual Violence, p. 41.


Can we not, therefore, conclude that general consent sometimes equals rape because of the harms that it brings to the consenting woman? These harms include the loss of the sense of selfhood, for by consenting to sex which is not pleasurable; the woman is using her body to further the interests of her man, thereby treating herself as a means to that men’s ends.

Source: Dr. Mangena, Fort Hare Papers, vol. 16, 2010, p. 52.


Under conditions of male dominance, if sex is normally something men do to women, the issue is less whether there was force than whether consent is a meaningful concept.

Source: Dr. Catharine MacKinnon, Toward a Feminist Theory of the State, p. 178.


Many feminists would argue that so long as women are powerless relative to menviewing ‘yes’ as a sign of true consent is misguided.

Source: Dr. Susan Estrich, Real Rape, p. 318.


Consent as ideology cannot be distinguished from habitual acquiescence, assent, silent dissent, submission, or even enforced submission. Unless refusal or consent or withdrawal of consent are real possibilities, we can no longer speak of ‘consent’ in any genuine sense.’

Source: Dr. Carol Pateman, “Women and Consent,” Political Theory, vol. 8, p. 149.

Notes to this quote: Dr. Pateman isn’t talking about consent in a situational interpersonal context, but the very concept of consent itself and women as a political class. That’s why she does not refer to “consent'” in unqualified terms – like normal people do – but instead as “consent as ideology.”

In other words, to Dr. Pateman consent is a concept that only exists in the minds of ideologues. By referring to consent as “an ideology” and placing herself in opposition to it, she is disagreeing with the concept of consent itself. Only “ideologues” believe consent is possible in a patriarchy, and she’s not one of them.


Consent–agreeing to something–is usually not a hard concept to understand. It may at first appear more complex in the context of rape. One reason is simply its unexpected presence. There is no other crime defined in terms of consent. Only in rape is the victim asked, ‘Did you agree to it?’ Compare: ‘Did you agree to be punched in the face?’ ‘Did you agree to be mugged?’

Source: Professor Carol Sanger, “New Perspectives on Rape,” Los Angeles Times, April 25, 1991, p. B7.


Why could we not expel a student based on an allegation [of sexual assault]? It seems to me that we value fair and equitable processes more than we value the safety of our students.

Source: Amanda Childress, Sexual Assault Awareness Program coordinator at Dartmouth College, quoted in Inside Higher Ed. See our article here.


Ask the [7th grade] students to close their eyes. Once they’ve closed their eyes, say ‘Imagine that the woman you care about the most (your mother, sister, daughter, girlfriend) is being raped, battered, or sexually abused. Give them at least thirty seconds to think about the scenario before asking them to open their eyes.

Source: Classroom anti-violence program for 7th graders, who are then asked to write about their feelings. The program is titled Gender Violence/Gender Justice and is referenced in The War Against Boys, first edition, p. 57.


Men are a good deal more likely to rape than to be raped. This forms their experience…almost half of all women, by contrast, are raped or victims of attempted rape at least once in their lives.

Source: Dr. Catharine MacKinnon in Toward a Feminist Theory of the State, p. 176. Also quoted in Applications of Feminist Legal Theory to Women’s Lives, p. 475.


The point of recapitulation in the first movement of the Ninth [Symphony of Beethoven] is one of the most horrifying moments in music, as the carefully prepared cadence is frustrated, damming up energy which finally explodes in the throttling, murderous rage of a rapist incapable of attaining release.

Source: Dr. Susan McClary, Minnesota Composers Forum Newsletter, 1987.


Traditional historians and philosophers have said that these [rape and tor­ture] metaphors are irrelevant to the real meanings and referents of scientific concepts. But when it comes to regarding nature as a machine, they have a quite different analysis: here, we are told, the metaphor pro­vides the interpretations of Newton’s mathematical laws: it directs inquir­ers to fruitful ways to apply his theory. But if we are to believe that mechanistic metaphors were a fundamental component of the explana­tions the new science provided, why should we believe that the gender metaphors were not?

A consistent analysis would lead to the conclusion that understanding nature as a woman indifferent to or even welcom­ing rape was equally fundamental to the interpretations of these new conceptions of nature and inquiry. Presumably these metaphors, too, had fruitful pragmatic, methodological, and metaphysical consequences for science. In that case, why is it not as illuminating and honest to refer to Newton’s laws as ‘Newton’s rape manual’ as it is to call them ‘Newton’s mechanics’?

Source: Dr. Sandra Harding, The Science Question in Feminism, p. 113.


When someone says ‘I was raped,’ BELIEVE THEM! It is not your role to question whether a false accusation occurred.

Source: The website for The Clothesline Project, an event in support of sex-assault victims on many campuses.


In this book we will be using the term victim to refer to people who claim to have been sexually assaulted.

Source: Drs. Carol Bohmer and Andrea Parrot, Sexual Assault on Campus, p. 5. Throughout the book the authors never consider the idea that any man accused by a woman might be innocent, and take the accuser’s side every single time. This leads to statements with contradictory and convoluted logic later on in the book. For example, in describing a trial court acquittal they say on page 29, “The victim said she did not consent; the jury did not believe her.” How do we know she’s a victim if the jury acquitted?


Feminism is built on believing women’s accounts of sexual use and abuse by men.

Source: Feminist Professor Catharine MacKinnon, Feminism Unmodified, p. 5.


Little girls learn to flirt with their fathers. You know, ‘Kiss daddy goodnight’ – and all this sort of business.

Source: Dr. Germaine Greer, when asked how little girls become sexualized. Source: British Broadcasting Company.

Database: Due Process Lawsuits Against Colleges and Universities

Update 3/27/2016

The database has been restored at a new link. Please click on the link below to view it.

http://titleixforall.knackhq.com/due-process-lawsuits


On April 4, 2011 the Department of Education issued its disastrous “Dear Colleague” letter to colleges and universities across the United States, requiring administrators who had neither the investigative nor prosecutorial prowess of the criminal justice system to determine the guilt and innocence of students accused of felony sexual assault, and to reach their conclusions independent of whatever the police and courts decide.

Worse – the Department of Education demanded these schools determine guilt via a radically low standard of evidence for sex-assault cases: the “preponderance of evidence” standard. Under this model if an administrator feels that there might be a 50.01% chance that the alleged crime occurred, he/she must find the student guilty (“responsible”) for sexual assault. This is further complicated by the lack of numerous other procedural safeguards and methods of evidentiary examination.

Predictably, a wave of lawsuits soon erupted as young men wrongly accused of sex crimes found themselves hustled through a vague and misshapen adjudication process with slipshod checks and balances and Kafkaesque standards of evidence. Most commonly, those charges allege due process violations, breach of contract, and Title IX violations/gender bias. This page is dedicated to cataloging their legal challenges against schools which – they allege – have violated their rights to due process, unjustly destroyed their names, deprived them of educational opportunities, and committed various other injustices against them in the name of “just following orders.”

This database exists as a public service to victims of wrongful accusations, their families, attorneys, advocates, journalists, scholars, and concerned citizens. Please note that Boys and Men in Education does not endorse the plaintiffs of every case. The inclusion of a case in this database is not in itself tantamount to an endorsement.

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