VIDEO Students hate apostoxic masculinityaposbut donapost know what it is

VIDEO Students hate apostoxic masculinityaposbut donapost know what it is

Gillette recently sparked controversy after the release of a new ad highlighting specific male behavior, referred to as “toxic masculinity.”

The term, though often cited on college campuses and in gender studies programs, has rarely made it into the national conversation until now. 

Wanting to know what college students thought of the concept, Campus Reform's Emma Meshell headed to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. After just a few interviews, it became clear that students, for the most part, supported the ad.  But while students were in near universal agreement about their feelings toward the concept, they came nowhere near an agreement on what "toxic masculinity" even is.

In fact, many struggled to give a definition at all. 

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“There isn’t a sort of logic to it…” one student admitted, while another defined it as “the idea that men have to be a certain way…”

Another student offered a vague definition, saying it was “anything that puts men over females.”

What did other students have to say? And where did they say the line is between toxic masculinity and regular masculinity? Watch to find out:


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SHOCKER Berkeley Center for Right Wing Studies doesnapost seem so right-wing

SHOCKER Berkeley Center for Right Wing Studies doesnapost seem so right-wing

The University of California, Berkeley has a Center for Right Wing Studies (CRWS), which was founded during the rise of the conservative Tea Party in 2009 and has been around since.

As the name implies, the center studies right-wing movements both in the United States and abroad, and has held events on topics including, but not limited to, historical and present-day American conservatism, Christianity and the Religious Right, and European populist movements. 

Lawrence Rosenthal, a long time faculty member at Berkeley and Fulbright award winner, is the chair and lead researcher of Berkeley's CRWS. Rosenthal told the Daily Californian in May 2018 that the center does not receive any funding from the University and is funded entirely by private donations.

The academic coordinator for the CRWS is Dr. Christine Trost. Trost’s bio on the CRWS website lists numerous roles that she has held in the past, including a position on the Academic Advisory Board of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project. 

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The SPLC has targeted several of today’s prominent conservatives, including Campus Reform’s own former program manager Hannah Scherlacher, who was on an SPLC Watch List in 2017. Trost holds positions with both the CWRS and Berkeley's Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (ISSI). Yet, Trost told the Daily Californian that the CWRS is "not a political organization." 

"We do not have a political agenda," Trost said. "Our mission is scholarship."

The CRWS  is housed within the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, along with other centers that focus on researching groups that are historically left out of mainstream academia. The center also hosts the Center for Latino Policy Research/Latinx Research Center and the Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues. 

According to the University of California Press, the center was known as the Center for the Comparative Study of Right-Wing Movements as recently as 2012, when Rosenthal and Trost co-authored a book on the Tea Party rise to prominence as a subset of the Republican Party titled, Steep: The Prec

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Georgia TA aposSome white people may have to dieapos

Georgia TA aposSome white people may have to dieapos

A University of Georgia (UGA) teaching assistant wrote Wednesday on Facebook that “some white people may have to die for black communities to be made whole in this struggle to advance to freedom." He added that to suggest otherwise is “ahistorical and dangerously naive.” 

UGA philosophy TA Irami Osei-Frimpong made the comment during a conversation on the Overheard at UGA Facebook page. The comment has since been deleted. Osei-Frimpong claimed in May 2017 that Facebooksuspended him for quoting from an article which detailed how Texas A&M professor Tommy Curry had said “in order to be equal, in order to be liberated, some white people may have to die.” 

“Killing some white people isn’t genocide; it’s killing some white people,” the UGA TA explained in a Medium post. “We had to kill some white people to get out of slavery. Maybe if we’d killed more during the 20th century we still wouldn’t talk about racialized voter disenfranchisement and housing, education, and employment discrimination. This should not be controversial.”

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Osei-Frimpong’s Wednesday comment, seemingly inspired by Curry, is far from the first racially-charged remark made by the scholar.

“Fighting white people is a skill,” the UGA TA tweeted on Jan. 12, adding that it is why he supports integrated schools. “You have to get used to fighting White people. It takes practice.”

He then quoted American clinical psychologist Bobby Wright, saying, “Blacks kill Blacks because they have never been trained to kill Whites.”

Last semester, at a Young Democrats meeting, Frimpong compared Sout

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Ohio univ Gender pronoun usage is not free speech

Ohio univ Gender pronoun usage is not free speech

A public university in Ohio is requesting that a federal judge dismiss a lawsuit filed by a professor who was disciplined for calling a transgender student “sir.”

Shawnee State University argues in a January court filing that addressing students by their requested pronouns is included in Professor Nicholas Meriwether’s job description, and is not considered speech protected by the First Amendment, according to the Ironton Tribune.

The philosophy professor declined to refer to a transgender student as a female, instead choosing to call the student “sir,” according to a lawsuit filed by the Christian conservative nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) in federal court.

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Meriwether’s lawsuit states that the professor "has always used the titles and pronouns that refer to a student's biological gender,” adding that he "has never knowingly used feminine titles and pronouns to refer to men or masculine titles and pronouns to refer to women."

The lawsuit claims that during a class in January 2018, a student “demanded” the professor properly use the correct gender pronoun in any conversation in which the student identified as a female. When the professor refused to refer to the student as a female, the student told the professor, “then I guess this means I can call you a c**t,” according to the court filing.

As for disciplinary matters, Shawnee State issued a “written warning” to Meriwether in June, and placed it on his personnel file. The acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences additionally told the professor to refer to transgender students by the pronoun they prefer “to avoid further corrective actions.”

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“Tolerance is a two-way street,” ADF Senior Counsel Travis Barham said in a press release. “Universities are meant to be a marketplace of ideas, not an assembly line for one type of thought, but apparently, Shawnee State has ignored that foundational truth.”

Provost Jeffrey Bauer, however, argued that Meriwether did not have the freedom to address the transgender student as “sir.”

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