In a pluralistic society we aren’t always going to hear opinions we agree with. Hence the need for tolerance for alternative perspectives.
Such was what Feminism used to tell the world before their ideology became entrenched in our academic institutions, back when they were beginning their “long march.” But just as it is with values like equal treatment, values like freedom of speech are now so passe to many Feminists in academia.
Indeed, so immediate is this reversal of values among academic Feminists once they have seized power, and so pervasive is it among them, it’s almost like they never believed in such values in the first place.
Over at A Voice for Men, Dr. Greg Canning has the story of Hannah Smith, the NSW (New South Wales) president of the National Union of Students in Australia. On the official NUS website she actively encourages her students to tear down posters on campus by men’s advocates. Here is the poster, and here – according to Hannah Smith – is the offending passage:
This morning I woke up to a picture on my facebook news feed of a poster that has been plastered all over the entrance to Sydney University campus: “You don’t fear and hate men do you? DO YOU? MEN’S RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS”.
Indeed, the concept that men are in equally deserving of basic human rights should be obvious to everyone. I say should, of course, but…you know.
So what should be done about this horrible, hateful idea that men’s rights are human rights? Here Hannah Smith tells us what a Real Feminist like herself does:
By allowing them a place in our intellectual institutions we are detracting from the fights that need to be had and allowing ourselves to be dragged back to square one of the movement- defending its existence. The person who saw these at our uni tore them down. I will be doing the same and encouraging others to do so also. Some will disagree with this tactic because it stifles “debate” and free speech. But I know there is no debate to be had.
Of course there is no debate for people who have already made up their minds, and whose worldview is so narrow that it will not allow them to consider alternative perspectives. Are such Feminists really a progressive force in society (as they so often describe themselves), in the true sense of progressive (moving us forward)? Or are they regressive, taking us back to an age of discrimination and blind dogmatism?
Head over to A Voice for Men and read Dr. Canning’s article.