Skip to content

Why Do Men Still Deserve the Right to Opinions About Women?

August 4, 2010

You know an article’s going to be ignorant from the get-go when the title is “Why do Women Still Deserve Special Scholarships?”

Journalism student and author Josh Dehaas oozes with privilege, which is made immediately obvious from this prize-winner of a self-description: “I believe post-secondary education is a reward for hard work, not a basic human right.”

Some lowlights from the article in question:

While awards like these may be sexist…

Someone hasn’t worked hard on their sociological education! Newsflash, Josh: sexism is prejudice plus power, ie male privilege. So, by default, this award cannot be sexist. Wish I could say the same for you.

A tally of genders among the smiling graduates in the class of 2000′s photo confirms that it’s been that way from the very beginning. In that very first graduating class  men were already the minority.

Oh no! Poor men! Doesn’t anyone care about rights for minorities?!

These affirmative action scholarships may seem harmless, but they have a negative impact on men’s self-esteem. I’ve felt it. The other men in my class have felt it.

C’mon, people, think of men’s self esteem! How else will they maintain rape culture?! Sexism takes a lot of energy and bravado, and it’s a sad day when we as a society are not willing to protect it, at any cost.

Darren Fleet, a colleague of mine at the School of Journalism has worked for daily newspapers, produced mini-documentaries and trained journalists in Zambia. But despite his stellar resume, he says he felt discouraged from applying for a recent scholarship after reading the words “equal opportunity” on the form. “What would be the point in applying?” says Fleet. “Even if I had invented the cure for cancer and saved a busload of children from a burning building I wouldn’t get it. I am too white, too male and too straight.”

HAHAHAHAHAHA. Sorry, let me catch my breath.

…no seriously. HAHAHAHAHA. At this point, I’m starting to think the article is from The Onion.

Now get ready for the shining diamond of a closing line:

No one should feel discouraged from getting an education just because of what they have between their legs.

I… have… no… words… except to note that this blatantly transphobic. But really, aside from that, I’m speechless.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kei permalink
    August 5, 2010 6:24 am

    “No one should feel discouraged from getting an education just because of what they have between their legs.”

    I completely agree! –Oh, wait, he’s talking about cisgendered men? Well this is an embarrassing moment.

  2. August 19, 2010 1:08 am

    He’s such a fucking douchenozzle. I honestly think that men like this need to shut the hell up because they have nothing to say about oppression.

    Anytime I hear about “reverse discrimination”, I start gagging.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: