In a news release, Roy Den Hollander, who’s best-known for suing Manhattan nightclubs because they offered free or discounted Ladies’ Night drinks to women, contended that [Columbia] university could not use government money, such as federal financial aid, to fund its Institute for Research on Women and Gender.
Women’s studies courses, he maintained, discriminate against men and are therefore in violation of the Fifth and 14th amendments. He also called Columbia a “bastion of bigotry against men . . . [that has] thrown its influence and prestige into violating the rights of men by offering a women’s studies program, but no men’s studies program.”
…Den Hollander…explained that women’s studies departments offer networking opportunities from which females benefit more than males, even though men are allowed to take the courses.
“The courses pretty much treat guys as if they’re sources of evil in the world and the women are victims,” Den Hollander said. “I’m using the same argument here as we have with Title IX. When a university receives government funding, they have to provide equal opportunities for men and women. If there’s no men’s studies, women’s studies is unconstitutional.”
Den Hollander’s beef is not really with women’s studies, but with the way it spreads what he calls the “religion” of feminism, again helped by federal money, which he contends violates the establishment clause.
Words really have pretty casual meanings these days. The notion that women are actually human beings equal to men is a religion, but belief in an intelligent designer who magically created everything on earth is not.
An entire curriculum which focuses on men, men’s point of view, men as actors and leaders, men’s interests, largely designed and taught by men (except for the poorly paid adjuncts, the majority of whom are women) is not sufficient counterweight to one department devoted to the study of women’s issues. Said issues, of course, which can not possibly be of interest, use, or relevance to men, being about women and women-stuff, which are by definition unimportant, therefore ipso facto women’s studies is discriminatory to men.
While we’re on the topic of language, here’s something else of interest. The original column in the LA Times was titled “Roy Den Hollander’s war on feminism” but as it appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer it was titled “Lone fighter of bigotry against men”. That’s a not-insignificant change there, from “war on feminism” to “fighter of bigotry against men”. Thanks for that one, Philly Ink. He’s NOT a fighter of bigotry against men, he’s a nutjob who’s manufactured a non-existent issue out of his own personal hurt and angry feelings towards women, and has decided that all women’s studies programs in the country must perish to satisfy his maligned honor as a Man. Let’s hope the courts throw this out ASAP as the trivial piece of junk lawyering that it is.