This March, posters depicting a woman grasping a hammer with ?Feminism? stamped on the handle were hung all over campus. With clenched fists, the woman on the poster was saying ?If I had a hammer...I'd SMASH Patriarchy.? Another caption above the hammer said, ?I FOUND IT!?
The Feminist Action League (FAL) organized the on-campus event, which featured poetry readings, skits, monologues and an open microphone. Members of FAL said they wanted to share experiences of oppression in a ?comfortable setting.? The UNH campus is a good choice, as long as you aren?t a man, of course.
One member of FAL was quoted as saying that ?Ninety-nine percent of sexual perpetrators are men. They are the root cause of the rape and oppression against women.? That pretty much sums up the tone of the event. Nonetheless, it gets worse.
One FAL member?s monologue follows: ?Hello, my name is Mary Man-Hating-Is-Fun. I am 23 years old, and I am what a feminist looks like. Ever since I learned to embrace my feminist nature, I found great joy in threatening men's lives, flicking off frat brothers and plotting the patriarchy?s death. I hate men because they are men, because I see them for what they are: misogynistic, sexist, oppressive and absurdly pathetic beings who only serve to pollute and contaminate this world with war, abuse, oppression and rape.?
Other members of the FAL wore scissors around their necks and sang a song about castration.
David Huffman, a writer for the UNH conservative paper ?Common Sense? was outraged by the, shall we say, mr-ogyny of the event. Huffman was asked to leave the public university event during the open microphone session. Despite the fact that he wasn?t singing songs about castration, FAL members said he was making women feel uncomfortable. Perhaps it was because he wasn?t singing about castration that these women felt uncomfortable.
Huffman pointed out that nowhere did the posters advertising the event say ?Women Only.? He was simply excluded from an event at a public university based upon his gender.
The evening of man-hating was simply an example of an extremist group promoting stereotypes and encouraging violence towards another group. This is the kind of thing that is tolerated in the name of campus diversity, simply because the targets are the ?right? group (Read: Not blacks, women, or gays).
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