If this is the new women’s movement, it’s no wonder girls don’t want to call themselves ‘feminists’

Apr 16, 2014
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bullying and censorship: the new women's movement

The German term Fremdscham describes a type of proxy-embarrassment; it’s the feeling of shame you have on behalf of others, often those who don’t realize they should be embarrassed for themselves. I can’t think of a term that better applies to the scene that unfolded at the University of Ottawa two weeks ago.

Professor Janice Fiamengo had planned to speak on men’s issues and rape culture as part of a talk organized by the Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE). The lecture, called “What’s Equality Got To Do With It? Men’s Issues and Feminism’s Double Standards,” was intended to dispel the notion of rape culture, according to Fiamengo, as well as discuss issues such as suicide by young men and custody rights after divorce. But some student activists decided Fiamengo’s lecture was not appropriate, so they took it upon themselves to shut it down.

bullying and censorship: the new women's movement

Professor Janice Fiamengo’s speech at the University of Ottawa was shut down by protesters who claimed her “ideas have no place on our campus.” Darren Calabrese/National Post

Bullying and censorship: the new women’s movement

The entire display is chronicled in a 50-minute YouTube video that shows protesters booing, yelling and blowing a vuvuzela throughout Fiamengo’s attempted address. The lecture organizer tried to reason with protesters, but it didn’t work. Campus security tried to intervene, with little success. Finally, the event moved to another room, but shortly after, the fire alarm went off.

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If this is the new women’s movement, it’s no wonder girls don’t want to call themselves ‘feminists’ | The Rob Black Website
6 years ago

[…] If this is the new women’s movement, it’s no wonder girls don’t want to call themselves ‘fem… […]

Ernest Greene
Ernest Greene
6 years ago

For a bunch of people who claim to have been totally silenced, they make a hell of a racket.

Deep Throat
Deep Throat
6 years ago
Reply to  Ernest Greene

“Ideas have no place on our campus!” #headdesk

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