U.K. university cancels International Men’s Day after campus feminists go ballistic
From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:
It’s OK to celebrate women!
Tomorrow, Nov. 19, is International Men’s Day, celebrated in the U.S. and 59 other countries–but not at the U.K.s University of York, which canceled its support after some 200 of university-connected feminists (staff, students, and alumnae) signed this open letter:
“A day that celebrates men’s issues – especially those outlined in the University’s statement – does not combat inequality, but merely amplifies existing, structurally imposed, inequalities. The closing remark – ‘gender equality is for everyone’ – echoes misogynistic rhetoric that men’s issues have been drowned out by the focus on women’s rights.”
So the university promptly issued this statement:
“The Equality and Diversity Committee is clear that the main focus of gender equality work should continue to be on the inequalities faced by women, and in particular the under-representation of women in the professoriate and senior management. We believe that we can make meaningful progress in addressing these issues, while at the same time addressing other aspects of the equality and diversity agenda.”
Huh? There’s an International Women’s Day (March 8), which has been around since 1914 and enjoys the blessing of the U.N. So how about a little recognition for the other sex, the one that built all our roads and bridges?
Apparently the ladies of the University of York got ticked off by the university’s initial statement on Nov. 12 announcing its intention to mark the day:
“In wider society, men are confronted by other challenges which are significant from an equality perspective. Boys underperform at school compared to girls. Men are 20 times more likely than women to go to prison; they are much more likely to be victims of violent crime, are more likely to commit suicide and have a lower life expectancy than women. Men are also less likely to access mental health services and other forms of support when they need them.”