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Row after University of York cancels International Men’s Day event

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Morninglover, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    Was York University right to cancel this event? Or were they being sexist?


    A row has broken out at York University after plans to mark International Men’s Day on Thursday were cancelled following an outcry from staff and students.

    The university had signed up to the event, which aims to highlight issues affecting men and boys, including the high male suicide rate, men’s shorter life expectancy and “the struggles that boys can face in getting an education”.

    It has since been cancelled at York after students, staff and alumni signed an open letter to the university objecting to the event. However, a number of students are campaigning to reinstate the day, and accuse the university of sending out a message that “men’s rights are not important”.

    A petition has been launched, which states: “It is important that we recognise men’s day just as much as women’s day. True feminists should be fighting for gender equality for both men and women. To cancel men’s day is simply hypocritical. Equality is not just for women and should concern both genders.”
  2. OnlyOneOpinion

    OnlyOneOpinion Occasional commenter

    No they were wrong to cancel it and yes it's sexist. Equality is for everyone not just women and minority groups.
  3. lunarita

    lunarita Lead commenter

    Reminds me of those reports coming out of various US universitites recently about hyper sensitive students objecting to anything that might be remotely offensive to anyone who desperately wanted to be offended.
  4. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    If there is an international women's day and events are held, then one should be able to hold events to mark international men's day. Especially if the focus is on specific things that affect men more than women.

    No they should not have cancelled it, and the people who complained about the event should grow up.
  5. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Thing is it all gets rather uncomfortable after a while... we have Music Of Black Origin awards [MOBO.

    So if we have MOBO should we also have MOWO?

    For the record I'm not convinced we need MOBO but heyho.
  6. cuteinpuce

    cuteinpuce Star commenter

    Is it our business? (Those of us without any obvious links to York University, that is.)
  7. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Well if followed that one @cuteinpuce it'd seriously reduce the topics we can discuss.

    I'd have to shut up about Syria for starters!

    Oi, stop cheering at the back!
  8. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    York Uni today, who knows where tomorrow?

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