What would a "men's rights" course look like?

All kinds of valuable advice on how to wear your fedora below...

All kinds of valuable advice on how to wear your fedora below... Photo: Stuart C. Wilson

UniSA made waves yesterday when it's student union attacked courses on "men's studies" that the institution was considering running. While the University has now confirmed they won't be going ahead with the new subjects, it made us wonder... what would a "men's rights" subject at University actually look like?

Are you suffering under the stiletto-heeled jackboot of feminist oppression? Do women everywhere constantly and egregiously excuse themselves from their sexual obligations to you? Did some harridan you had a crush on in Year 9 laugh at your rad collection of Warhammer figurines once?

Fear not, ye modern-day Leonidas: salvation is at hand. "Men's rights" courses  offer a safe space for students to expand their minds, engage in respectful yet passionate debate about gender issues and get some damn breathing space between us and all those hormonal bitches outside, amirite fellas?

No matter what your interests – history, politics, breathing heavily on public transport – Men’s Studies has something to offer the modern gentleman-warrior in the struggle against misandrist tyranny. You can even take it online, so you don’t even have to conform to society’s Greerstapo standards by changing out of your gaming trackpants! Take a look at the subjects on offer and book your place today, and remember: you are a precious flower and all your problems were caused by people you don’t know.

Also, tampons right? Gross.

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61 comments

  • Ah HA HAAAAAA BAH HAAAA HA HA HA HA AHHHHHH HA HA HA BAHHH AH HA HA HA!! (huge intake oh breath) BAAAAAH HA HA HA HA HA AHHH HA HA HA HA BAHHH AHH HAAAAH HA HA HA!!!! Genius.

    Commenter
    caroline
    Date and time
    January 14, 2014, 7:05AM
    • +1

      Commenter
      CH
      Date and time
      January 14, 2014, 9:47AM
  • Woah woah woah with the game shaming buddy. Video games are no longer just the scourge of 13 year old boys. Welcome to 2014.

    Plus the games you mentioned should probably be changed to Call of Duty as that's where most of these douches can be found.

    Commenter
    Yeah Yeah Yeah
    Date and time
    January 14, 2014, 8:14AM
    • Came here to say the same. It's a funny article, but gamers are approximately half female. There's no need to rely on tired, totally untrue stereotypes to prop up your argument about misogyny.

      Commenter
      Gamer Lady
      Date and time
      January 14, 2014, 10:09AM
  • We have alternative medicine and chiropractic courses at some Australian universities; having something as a discipline area does not necessarily make it legitimate.

    There is absolutely room for discussion of men's issues in university gender departments and even schools: I incorporate it into my own classes with my boys. But calling upon groups associated with actually harassing women and even threatening law enforcement is not the way to go about it. The MRA are on the same level as Scientology, neo-Nazis and people who think that vaccines cause autism: they may be viewed by the mainstream as largely hilarious and crazy, but they are nevertheless dangerous to individuals who are targeted by them.

    Commenter
    teacher
    Date and time
    January 14, 2014, 8:28AM
    • Are MRA what feminists say they are? Certainly there are the extremists in what is a broad church of ideas. From what I have read there are definitely some who have a genuine interest in what makes men tick and how the are faring in todays feminist society. These are the ones who will conduct these courses. Why are feminists so against "men's studies". If their theories and dialog are solid and well founded they should have nothing to fear. One gets the impression that they are terrified that anyone would question the structure of feminism. Feminists talk equality but it is obvious that is the last thing on their minds.

      Commenter
      Bev
      Date and time
      January 14, 2014, 10:57AM
    • Bev, feminism as a movement is not immune from critique and there is plenty of criticism to lob at separatists and TERFs in the radfem movement. But to argue that the men's rights movement - one which advocates men on juries always acquitting attempted rapists, threatening harm of judges and domestic violence against women and non-compliant men - is positioned well to teach people anything is absurd.

      There are issues, but blaming feminism isn't the answer: if anything, distancing fathers from children via lack of paternity leave and social discouragement, male-on-male violence, alcohol and substance abuse, risky behaviour and social isolation are all tied to very toxic restrictive masculinities and are culturally specific. Some cultures do it better than others.

      I have an interest in boys and I work with them to see how they tick and how they can navigate my future. That's my profession. However I also have an academic background that allows me to interpret data and look at the best approaches. A feminist approach to teaching - ensuring all students are allowed to follow individual interests and passions regardless of negative home cultures, teaching all young people to negotiate their own boundaries and advocate for their own rights, teaching children they deserve to be safe from harm and avoiding scientifically dubious essentialist notions of behaviour or capabilities - serves boys incredibly well and prepares them for a future where they will have to go into 'feminised' industries as more and more manual jobs are offshored and Australia becomes a predominantly knowledge and service-based economy.

      Commenter
      teacher
      Date and time
      January 14, 2014, 11:14AM
  • and sadly, there are some men that take this stuff seriously. Hopefully this article highlights to them how ridiculous all these "ideas" are.

    Commenter
    AmyG
    Date and time
    January 14, 2014, 8:32AM
    • Do we need men's rights courses?
      No Way
      We DO NOT have any rights.
      Therefore do not need a course to tell us about what we do not have.

      Commenter
      Just a Man (If I am allowed)
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 14, 2014, 8:32AM
      • Please inform us as to how you have 'no rights'. I'm sure we'll all be interested to hear.

        Commenter
        Gamer Lady
        Date and time
        January 14, 2014, 10:10AM

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