Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Campus Free Speech Slam 

Here's another case of male students being excluded from a feminist event. Wendy McElroy reports the story.
On March 10, an event titled "Patriarchy Slam" was held by the radical Feminist Action League in a room reserved by a second and recognized student group. (The significance of this is that the free room was used in violation of UNH policy.) Posters across the campus advertised the meeting as a public event, with no indication of "Women Only."

Patriarchy Slam expressed radical anti-male feminism. For example, some FAL members wore scissors around their necks as they sang in praise of castration. One member, who identified herself as Mary Man-Hating-Is-Fun, told the gathering, "Ever since I learned to embrace my feminist nature, I found great joy in threatening men's lives�because I see them for what they are: misogynistic, sexist, oppressive and absurdly pathetic beings who only serve to pollute and contaminate this world�"

(Student David) Huffman claims that the coordinator advised him "as a man I would be intimidating." Thus, when the open-microphone segment began, Huffman was instructed to leave even though he had caused no disruption. Other men remained but, according to Huffman, he was told they had "allegiance to the FAL."

Moreover, he explains FAL "confiscated my program�.Evidently, they do not want the public knowing what was said that night�.What I heard�was a hate rally."
Mr. Huffman wrote a letter to the local campus newspaper, and it turns out he writes as well for a conservative paper on campus. McElroy notes that it wasn't a private event since a female reporter for the (official) campus paper. Rather than asking for equal time or trying to shut up the other, McElroy suggests privatization.
Freedom of speech in the private sphere means that you have the right to express yourself at your own expense. But everyone is forced to pay for the UNH campus and, so, everyone should have an equal right to speak. That�s the theory.

But implementing this theory is an impossibility. A podium is a limited good that must be �assigned� by authorities. At UNH and on most campuses, a handful of authorities have adopted policies that censure expression that is discriminatory, "hate-speech," or otherwise offensive. This often means nothing more than speech of which they do not approve.

In short, even if unlimited access to scarce podiums were possible, the authorities would not permit it. This is the contradiction inherent in trying to reconcile the terms �free speech� and �tax funding�.

The solution is simple: privatize. Just as Huffman�s conservative paper is privately funded so, too, should scissor-wielding feminists be forced to finance their own pro-castration agenda.

That would be freedom of speech. That would constitute the exercise of First Amendment rights.
Words for us to live by, SCSU!

(H/T: Reader jw)

UPDATE: Oh, I should have known Mike Adams would write about this "mr-ogyny".