Ah, the teenage years… today, I address a problem that many families face. A high schooler has located the “perfect” college, but Mom and Dad have other plans…
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A news headline from last week that said “Power Move By Male Students Ruffles University of Chicago” caught my eye. It seems a group of University of Chicago students think it’s time the campus focused more on its men. The Chicago Tribune reports: “A third year student from Lake Bluff has formed Men In Power, a student organization that promises to help men get ahead professionally. But the group’s emergence has been controversial, with some critics charging that its premise is misogynistic.”
That is purely laughable.
Recent job losses hit men harder – women earn far more bachelor’s and Master’s degrees than men. There is a huge imbalance in government and private initiatives that advance the interest of women and girls (often to the direct detriment of men), like Title IX, which eliminates men’s school sports when there aren’t enough women interested in having a women’s team of the same sport.
The University of Chicago has nine women’s advocacy groups on campus. This group would be the first male advocacy group – and it welcomes women! Get a feminist group to do the same – HA! The group would host pre-professional groups in law, medicine and business, foster ties with alumni, bring speakers in to discuss masculinity, and mentor local middle school students as part of its “Little Men in Power” initiative.
I read most of the 1,440 or so comments that followed this article in the Chicago Tribune, and saw exactly what I expected: paranoid, hate-filled rhetoric, demeaning and dismissing men and masculinity, with no compassion whatsoever for what men have to confront in contemporary society (which is “angry minority orientation against the male – especially the white male.”). It should be noted here that this organization is pulling in men regardless of ethnicity, religion, or sexual persuasion. It is just about men. It’s not about forming small, angry little groups that demand entitlement. This is a group helping men succeed and regain a respect for their masculinity – something current culture and feminism has worked double time to destroy.
You go, guys!
When I went to college (I was an undergraduate at the State University of New York at Stony Brook), in addition to the police raids on the campus dorm pot smokers, and the demonstrations against the Vietnam war, there were actually serious academic classes which educated students in math, science, philosophy, literature, engineering, physics, business, and social sciences among other disciplines.
The expressed common goal was to graduate informed students who were competent to take on the next phase of their lives in some productive way, contributing to society, in addition to financially supporting their prospective families.
For the longest while, I fear, colleges and universities have minimized that lofty goal in exchange for ideological “brainwashing” and political correctness, threatening those who hold opinions different from the prevailing political persuasion of the faculty. I think that colleges and universities have become scary places for individuals of a more traditional bent.
Students at the University of Maryland recently attempted to join in with other so-called bastions of higher learning by playing a triple-x pornographic film for entertainment. The screening was set up by the school’s student union. The film got yanked when State Senator Andy Harris threatened to pull state funding from the school’s budget. Evidently, money talks.
Senator Harris said, “Students can’t light up a cigarette in the student union, but can watch a hardcore XXX porn film. Occasional viewing of porn is more dangerous than occasionally lighting up a cigarette. If the movie is being shown for educational reasons [yeah, right], someone should be presenting the dangers too. Porn breaks up lives.”
Of course, those who don’t remember their history (and how the Tower of London was the final stop for those who contradicted the British monarchy), and think that the US First Amendment is just about ANYTHING, complained that this, the most expensive porn movie ever made, was an issue of free speech. “Off with their heads,” I say. The production company actively has been seeking college campuses to screen the film since last summer, because they’re looking to breed future audiences for their debasing tripe.
The University of Maryland’s student union planned to have a representative from Planned Parenthood talk about safe sex. HAH! Planned Parenthood makes money by having girls and women kill the babies in their bodies as a form of “after-the-fact” birth control. I can see why they would want to be there to push their wares, but I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t be explaining why they typically don’t call the police when an underage girl, who has been impregnated by an adult male, comes in for an abortion – bad for business, I guess.
Eventually, the university reversed its position and allowed the screening, as long as it contained an “educational component.” Four “experts” spoke on freedom of speech, and then screened the first 30 minutes of the 2 1/2 hour hard-core film.
The film has already been shown at UCLA, Northwestern University, Carnegie-Mellon, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Southern Connecticut State University.
Aren’t the alumni proud.