Higher education progressives, students, professors and administrators alike, are seriously confused about ethics, and some basic principles like fairness, respect, equity, and competence, not to mention common sense. How did they come to such a state?
For various reasons, none of them reasonable, Michigan State University had maintained that gender segregation was appropriate in the student Union, and a study lounge there was designated for women only. Perhaps we can forgive the school’s initial judgment in this case, since the Union’s Women’s Lounge, located on the main floor of the MSU Union, debuted in 1925, just five years after women gained the right to vote.Men vastly outnumbered women then, and were looked upon as oddities, or perhaps temptation.
It is 2016, however, and women are demanding equality where it may already exist, and declaring gender discrimination where it may not, so the continued existence of the male excluding lounge was more than a bit anachronistic. After all, Harvard College just declared war on any male student who dared to belong to off-campus all-male clubs, since even freedom of association away from school is deeply offensive to the progressive values of Ivy League educators.
Then a University of Michigan-Flint professor named Mark Perry, filed a complaint to the Michigan Department of Civil Rights towards MSU alleging that the lounge violated federal anti-discrimination law, which it obviously does.
“As a 20-year resident of Michigan, as a Michigan taxpayer and as a Michigan State employee (at UM-Flint), this issue is important to me because I believe that a women’s only study lounge on the campus of a taxpayer-supported university is possibly in violation of federal civil rights laws (including Title IX) and Michigan State civil rights laws (including Proposal 2 passed in 2006).”
After thinking about this for about ten minutes, and consulting with its lawyers, MSU “temporarily” made the study lounge “all-gender,” or what less addled schools call, “a student study lounge.”
Female MSU students, so poorly educated at the college that they cannot recognize discrimination and gender bias when they see it inflicted on others, have started a petition on that playground of bad ideas and misplaced indignation, Change.org. It is titled “Allowing women on Michigan State’s campus to have a safe lounge to study in.” Catchy! More than 5,000 anti-male bigots ( and a few sadly brainwashed and intimidated male victims) had signed the thing as last week. There will also be a sit-in on August 31. A pro-gender discrimination sit-in.
The rhetoric being used by the indignant “feminists” on campus—how can a women demanding gender apartheid call herself a feminist? Isn’t the correct term “a nun”?—is that they need a “safe place,” as in “safe from men.” No stereotyping and bias in that attitude, no ma’am!
“As a female student here on campus, this lounge was essential to my success my freshman year,” whined Alyssa Maturen, one of the student organizers of the protest. “It was the one place I felt I could go and truly relax, not to mention I was able to focus way better when among fellow women as I was not being approached by male students.”
Alyssa, I think what you are looking for is called an “all-women’s college.”
“So, feminism isn’t about equal treatment for all, but special treatment for women, under the guise of wanting equal treatment. Got it. Does anyone think this constant demand for women to be treated as fragile flowers might make people think they should hire a man, rather than one of these wilting lilies who surely can’t manage to be around male co-workers without suffering a mental health crisis?”