I’m sure that by now many of you have heard of this “male studies” thing. The Foundation for Male Studies will be dedicated to studying, well, males. The people advocating for this seem to believe very strongly in it, but really, their arguments just make me laugh. Here are the ways you shouldn’t argue for male studies*:
1. Don’t insist you “need to start fresh in order to examine the current state of boys and men.”
Because, you see, you aren’t actually starting fresh. This has already been explored in gender studies, sociology, anthropology, biology, etc.
2. Don’t say “It’s a study of males without all the ideology and self-righteousness of feminists about turning over patriarchy.”
For one, this statement makes you sound self-righteous.
Secondly, the study of males without the “ideology of feminists” is covered in anthropology and biology. Or at least it was in MY anthro and bio courses. I assume you would know that, Mr. Tiger, Professor of Anthropology.
3. Don’t argue that women’s/gender/men’s studies “critique masculinity rather than study it.”
It doesn’t take a college degree to understand that studying something is not the opposite of critiquing it. You don’t do one instead of the other.
4. Don’t say that “A lot of feminist argument is just irritating.”
Such is the reaction this statement will get.
*I’d like to make clear that this is aimed at the creators of the so-called “male studies” program, not at the writer of this piece. I’m pretty sure that her wording in describing this discipline is more reflective of their, uh, ideology than of her own opinions.
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