12/28/2014 Jonathan Taylor

The David and Goliath story of Zen Men (aka KSU Men)

I hope everyone has had a good Christmas break. I know I have. Before we get back into the swing of things and ramp up for 2015, I think it good to note this recent interview between Paul Elam and Sage Gerard, president of Zen Men (formerly KSU Men):

I’ve been following these hangouts regarding events at KSU, and this seems like the best summary of them so far. In this video Sage chronicles much of the campaign of harassment he faced from the KSU Interdisciplinary Studies Department, who took extreme exception to his “uppity” tone regarding equal rights for men in higher education.

Shame on the faculty at KSU’s interdisciplinary studies department who waged this cowardly, dishonest campaign against their own students. It calls to mind the cowardly prejudice and dishonesty of the Duke faculty, who likewise threw their own students under the bus in the name of politics and to get a pat on the back from their narrow-minded peers.

Nevertheless, Sage Gerard and the members of KSU Men prevailed. In the first year of their founding, KSU Men hosted the first-ever Men’s Human Rights conference in higher education. From the video description:

Tonight we will recap the major events of late 2013 through 2014 for Kennesaw State University Men (Now Zen Men), the collegiate non-feminist men’s group founded by Sage Gerard.

From founding and through the successes like the RAD Audit, men’s center lobbying, media attention, and MSP [Male Students in Peril] ’14, Zen Men triumphed despite opposition from student’s groups like Atheists United and YESbody!, and from faculty the Interdisciplinary Studies Department.

We’ll talk the name transition, how it happened and what lies in store for the future of Zen Men and other college men’s groups. For 2015 this means specifically we the group hopes to accomplish and what they will accomplish. We will also invite you to support Sage in his ongoing work with Zen Men.

Here is the link to Zen Men’s spring fundraiser. Please consider donating to them so they can continue their great work.

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Jonathan Taylor Jonathan is Title IX For All's founder, editor, web designer, and database developer. Hailing from Texas, he makes a mean red beans n' rice and is always interested to learn new things.