Today at 5 PM central time (7 PM local time) the Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE) is presenting Karen Straughan, aka YouTube sensation GirlWritesWhat, at Ryerson University. You can watch the livestream of it here:
Ryerson University had imposed a discriminatory “security fee” on CAFE, but lifted it recently after activist outcry. This “fee” was due largely to the string of criminal activity on the part of protesters (most of whom were Feminists) to shut down previous CAFE events featuring men’s speakers.
Karen Straughan is a Canadian human rights activist, blogger and writer who rose to prominence through her powerful YouTube videos commenting on current affairs and cultural issues. A mother of three, Karen speaks out fearlessly on gender and equality with passion and clarity, refusing to back down when intimidated. As a female who has aligned herself with men’s issues awareness, Karen has been the target of hatred and campaigns of misinformation.
Karen will speak to how men and women can work together on a variety of positive projects
* Addressing the drop in male high school graduation and university enrolment, and the lack of men in key professions like nursing, education and early learning, the latter despite the fact that having a male role model in early life could offset the disastrous results of fatherlessness in our society
* Confronting dangerous expectations of masculinity that exacerbate men’s health and make it “unmanly” to seek help even when desperately needed
* Responding to the sexist stereotyping of men that is now routine in everything from television and pop culture, to policies like legal aid clinics that deny service selectively to males and hospital abuse screening programs that refuse to consider the possibility of domestic violence against men even when confronted with data to the contrary.
In response to the censorship of men’s issues at Ryerson University and beyond, based on a radical version of feminism that brooks no heterodoxy, Karen will also challenge us to take an honest look at where modern feminism has failed in its approach to men and men’s issues, and where it may have become a force impeding gender equality. She will argue that in treating women like children and men with disdain, society becomes unable to confront complicated issues that require us to all work together.
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