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Colleges Introduce “Male Studies” Program

"So you see, class, that is why men think fart jokes are funny."

Traditionally, many universities offer an array of courses under the department of Women’s Studies.  As an acceptable area of study, it is a bit confusing why its counterpart, Men’s Studies, is not more prevalent.  Although it does exist, its main focus is typically on social construction of masculinity.  This week, New York’s Wagner College announced the new “Foundation for Male Studies” to supplement what Men’s Studies is lacking.  Its purpose is to focus on “the male as male” and the “purpose of maleness.”  Clearly a topic we are all dying to be educated on.

In order to properly teach the male as male curriculum, a set of rules has already been set forth so that the classroom setting mirrors how men act in real life.  For example, if a student needs extra help with his work, or is feeling overwhelmed by the demands of the course, the student must text message his teacher to discuss these issues.  Meeting with the teacher face to face would only solve things efficiently and ease communication: obviously too easy.  Instead, to protect his maleness, he must attempt this text conversation and wait half an hour in between each response so that both parties will end up more confused than when they started. 

Of course, each assignment comes with a confidentiality code.  This way, the student can reveal that they may in fact have a soul through their essays, but will not have to worry that their peers will ever hear their soft-spoken words, thus belittling their maleness.

As far as the “purpose” of maleness, a sample list of course offerings is as follows:

-“The Psychology of a Sports Fanatic”…to understand why men can become frighteningly angry, or even brought to tears because a team of athletes who are completely unrelated to them in any way lost a game to another team who will they will also never come into contact with.

-“The Human Brain and the Video Game”…to understand the relationship between brain activity and video games and how the male brain cannot shift its attention away from a video game until it has decided on its own that it is time.

-“Characterization of Male Eating Habits”…a course that will count as a health credit. It’s objectives will be to be able to identify certain food and drink such as burritos and beer are inherently “male” while consuming foods such as salad, bananas, or diet Snapple would destruct maleness.

Of course, language courses are still in development.  Basic “Text Message Analysis 101” will be offered in the fall while more difficult courses such as “It’s not you, it’s me” are still in the works as the professors themselves are still not in complete understanding.

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    1. bettie says:

      jesus, what a truly hateful article. it's that kind of misandric attitude which makes me glad a male studies course is happening at last – perhaps whoever wrote this should sign up? she'll get it eventually..

    2. dressdarling says:

      Ahahahahahahaha.

      Bettie, it's called sarcasm? I was unaware that having it automatically made one hateful.

      I thought it was pretty funny.

      " he must attempt this text conversation and wait half an hour in between each response so that both parties will end up more confused than when they started" ahahaha.

    3. Madison says:

      Hahaha oh my god that was hysterical! Great article:)

    4. bettie says:

      yes, ahahaha.

    5. fools2234 says:

      Okay now make fun of womens studies, oh wait that would offend a lot of females then it probably wouldnt be so funny would it.

      nevermind just continue showing you feminists(hateful) side.

    6. criolle johnny says:

      Jessica,

      The xx community is not listening.

      What percentage of your readers have been denied student loans because they failed to register for the draft?

      What percentage are veterans?

      Did you know:

      75% of the suicides 93% of the workplace related deaths are men? Labor Dept Stats.

      At least a third of those injured in domestic violence are men (Centers for Disease Control keeps stats, don't ask me why) and yet the only services available for victims of domestic violence are for women and children.

      75% of those who are murdered in the U.S. are men, and yet there is no Violence Against Men Act.

      Being male is the largest biasing factor in the criminal Justice system. It is a larger bias factor than race, class, or religion. (L.A.Daily News)

      Men die from every major cause of death earlier than women and have a lifespan that is on average 5 years shorter and yet we have five national commissions for women's health and none for men. The average lifespan of a woman in the past 100 years has increased how much? The average man?

      We spend 300% more money for breast cancer research than for prostate cancer. The mortality rates are nearly equal.

      Graduation rates for men in the past 40 years have plummeted.

      Graduation rates for women … look around you.

      Then "Jess & Jess" at Newsweek took a survey. They asked their cab driver. http://equalitymyth.com/
      This passes for intelligent debate.

      Flip the situation around and tell me if you'd think this was funny or sarcasm if it applied to women.

    7. Eoghan says:

      Inane, misandrist drivel, like most of the female media.

    8. bettie says:

      nicely put, CJ:

      "Then 'Jess & Jess' at Newsweek took a survey. They asked their cab driver. http://equalitymyth.com/
      This passes for intelligent debate."

      now that WAS funny.

    9. Casey says:

      I second Criolle.

      Women STILL think they have it soooo bad. That the system still favors men, but look around you, America oozes with estrogen. No wonder the world over thinks American women are bitches, we're treated like princesses and yet we still bitch, complain, and kick dirt on our men. Getting ahead doesn't even the playing field, it tips the scale.

      I think there's a reason men were in charge for so long.

    10. Lisa says:

      Yeah, this wasn't funny. You just sound like a bitch.

    11. Paul Elam says:

      Great article! Inspirational!

      In the same spirit of your obvious erudition sir, I suggest that women's studies might adopt some similar courses for their programs.

      Bitching 101- to understand the core of female communication. Introduction to whining is recommended.

      The Psychology of Blame- an exploration of the conversion of any life difficulty into projective denial. Male teaching assistants will be provided for experiential exercises. Required text- The Art of Fingerpointing

      Advanced Victimhood- This course will examine how every known phenomenon of human existence that works against women is a construct of patriarchy. Required text- Upper Body Strength, It's the Man's Fault.

      Double Standards- This course is only a requirement for male students.

      Introduction Male Bashing- There will be no instructor for this course. Just arrive and talk among yourselves as usual.

      Cars Engines and Other Thingies- This course will explore the theory of moving parts, and how to get men to take care of them for you. This course can be taken as an adjunct to Manual Labor, Theory and Practice and Pay Your Own Way- Methods and Statistics

      I am sure that all these courses would be as relevant, if not more relevant, to the educational needs of the average woman as the current offerings in women's, men's and gender studies.

    12. Doug says:

      Casey —

      Thank you.

    13. Christina says:

      I'm a feminist, but reading articles like this remind me of why we need a Male Studies program. While female empowerment is my goal, I believe that drives me is the need for EQUALITY — that means stopping arrogant bitches like the writer of this article from bashing the other gender just because she thinks they've been highlighted in history too much. Sure, most of history IS male-dominated, but that doesn't mean we're touching on the same subjects that Women's Studies does.

    14. Nel says:

      guys..men's studies already exists. and it looks at the social construction of maleness..so the forces that shape men and their behaviour. these forces that create an archetype impossible to achieve, that leave men feeling less than. this male studies is not helpful. men's studies is.

    15. criolle johnny says:

      Nel, good point, I disagree.

      Man and woman are social constructs. As such they are subject to social whim and change. Male and female are scientific definition. As such, they can be labeled as education disciplines.

      The so-called "men's studies" have been conducted by a number of experts over a period of years. Conditions for boys and men have steadily worsened.

      I have argued that the term "Women's Studies" is, and has been a misnomer for the past 40 years.

      "Women’s studies mistakenly takes the notion of a woman (properly speaking, womanhood) as the matter of its study, yet what makes for a woman is variable by culture and time."

      Miles Groth, Ph.D. (from the Symposium at Wagner College)

      On the other hand, what makes us MALE and FEMALE is a question of BIOLOGY and is a legitimate subject of study.

      Archetype will change with social mores.

    16. Doug says:

      The overall organizing theme of women’s studies, though of course it varies by school and individual faculty, has been i) women’s oppression by patriarchy instituted by men historically, and ways in which’s that’s claimed to unfairly and unacceptably continue, and ii) previously overlooked (by men) but important instances of women’s achievements and contributions to society historically and currently.

      Men’s studies rather than being a more male focused version of i), and rather than being informed by a thoroughly feminist perspective as seems generally the case so far, should by analogy focus on ways in which feminism, or society in the feminist age, has created unfair raw deals for men, and tended to outlaw or suppress masculinity in boys in our schools today, encourage women to be more manish, and so on. Oh and ways in which feminism has hurt children and families, such as the overall 40% illegitimacy rate now clearly in part due to e.g. feminist insistence the mother’s having illegitimate kids be destigmatized, and supported by child support though the man unlike the woman had no post coital choice (plan B, abortion, giving up to adoption) not to have parental responsibilities, and is now made to pay through his teeth for her choice, often a semi conscious or conscious intentional oops. I mean women who really don’t want to get pregrant rarely do, and women who do have illegitimate kids know they’ll get a lot more sympathy and less disapproval if the lie about it being entirely an accident, which I believe it actually rarely is, including at all levels of society. The street knows about bc, and at a young age. If anything it’s the sheltered kids who learn latish but that too is mostly bs.

      The realities of divorce 2.0 and family law today should of course be studied in any mens studies department. You know, including where a stay at home or part time working wife and mother (working mostly for her mental stimulation) mom can repeatedly cheat, fall in love with another man because she has, thereby breaking her pair bonded feelings (in love) feelings for her husband (which she backdates to before her infidelity cause he had to be his fault not hers), and then files for divorce. Because she can’t stand the idea of sleeping w/husband anymore (though she still “cares for” or “loves him” just not in an in love way (post her cheating, backdated). And then she gets the house and most of what’s in it, more than half the rest of his wealth, steals his kids from him and may not allow even much visitation with them w/little court consequence if she feels like it, gets huge child support as a percentage of his after tax income which is often 40-45% of his take home for two kids, and even get alimony on top of all that. Some disincentive for women today to not marry a high earning elite college and prof. school guy, and then cheat all she wants with bad boys, one at a time or many in quick succession, you know like in college.

      So a man is disincentived to cheat in marriage because his wife can take him to the cleaners, including kicking out of the house he paid and will continue to pay for, take his kids completely or almost completely away from him, get more than half his wealth, get huge child support on an after tax percentage basis if he’s a strong earner, often alimony too if she was lazily living off him after the kids are infants or while they are if she has help, leaving her after she gets a job especially much better off after all these transfers than he is even though she cheated and he earns twice as much as her new job. And if she cheats no matter how massively or humiliatingly, say she goes completely black on him while never before so far as she told him, he can do what – get exactly the same family court ass whipping for what she did? Divorce 2.0. And avoid marriage 2.0. yeah those are things to be property considered in a man’s studies department.

      Also fitting fields of investigation in a men’s department would be the systematic misandry of most American TV sitcoms and a great many movies, with bumbling dads and ridiculous by real world standards female super warriors portrayed there left and right, able to beat up by moves fit, athletic trained fighting men, and so on.

      Also to be covered would be the discouragement and hair trigger punishment of masculinity in boys in schools etc., the tilting of schools education to advance girls and care much less about advancing boys which is overall much more important for society and stable families and thus children, given female hypergamy. (How many girls are really very happy, five years in when the ideology is far less important than the reality of their gut feelings, are really happy married to a guy who’s making half what she does, and isn’t in some other way comparable or more successful? Damn few is the real world answer, and usually divorced by then.)

      Those are the proper kinds of things to be studied in a mens studies department, analagous to the focus in woman’s studies department on ways in which women are and have been unfairly treated by society (the “patriarchy”) and men.

    17. Zoe says:

      omg it was a JOKE!!

      shes talking about fast food, video games and text messaging… she's not trying to make any serious points about the course (i dont think). jeeeesus kids, chill out!

    18. Anonymous says:

      I'm all for a Male/Men Studies program. However all of the comments claiming that women and men are equal aren't exactly true. Yes, the scales are closer to a balance, but it is not quite there. For example, pay scales. In many fields there is pay scale inequality between men and women. In order for total equality, issues like this (and especially the issue of reproductive control) need to be changed.

    19. criolle johnny says:

      Anon Pay diff?

      Many men work jobs that take them away from home for LOOONG periods of time. Most women want jobs that have day care. I know, stereotyping. Take a short poll at lunch and see how many women would take a better paying job away from their kids.

      Men will to support their children.

      Men work 90% of the overtime in the country. Check the Labor Dept/ Commerce Dept stats, don't believe me. Do your own research. Oh, DON'T buy into the "women do all the house work b/s. It's 52/48 these days.

      In a given week, 17 people are killed during on-the-job accidents. Sixteen of them will be men. That's because MEN take dangerous jobs to support their families.

      If you want people to take jobs far away from their families, to work longer hours, to work dangerous jobs … YOU HAVE TO PAY THEM!

      When you have safe jobs, jobs with day care, jobs close to home and jobs inside with air conditioning … you have lots of people applying for those jobs. You can pay less for those jobs.

      Guess who applies for the less paying jobs? It's called supply and demand.

    20. Anonymous says:

      I was actually referring to high paying corporate jobs, where men and women put in similar hours, and the men typically walk off with the bigger pay checks

      (http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/16/the-gender-pay-gap-persists-especially-for-the-rich/).

      I think the US should adopt a universal childcare systems, much like what many European nations have. It would give many women (and men too) the opportunity to pursue careers that they wouldn't be able to otherwise. Many women go into these "popular" jobs because they feel they have no other choice when it comes to supporting their families and raising their children. But it smells too much like socialism for too many Americans.

      Joan Williams has a book called Unbending Gender that deals with this issue. And while I do see some flaws in her argument, it does have an intelligent argument and it is an interesting read.

    21. criolle johnny says:

      Again Zoe, if the article was a satire about women … what would your reaction be? "Chill out"?

      Look at how many commercials lampoon men. Yogurt, Doritos, cable TV, name it and men are buffoons. Flip that around and what would your reaction be?

      Have YOU registered for the draft? You CAN'T. "help wanted, female" came out of the newspapers in 1968. Women were required to register for the draft …

      Is this equal?

      No, I do not think it's funny. Wanna hear some feminist jokes?

    22. Desirae says:

      You know, a lot of women would prefer to be required to register for the draft. I consider myself a feminist, and I think it's only fair–not only to men, but also to women. And I have no intention of serving in the armed forces. In a lot of cases, it's not because women don't want to. It's because they can't.

      However, a friend of mine once made the argument that until women were allowed to fight on the front lines, requiring them to register with the draft would be bullshit. Obviously there are flaws in both arguments, but it's something to consider.

    23. bettie says:

      hi anonymous, the article you linked to actually comes to the opposite conclusion:

      "There are certainly alternative explanations, including factors that PayScale did not control for. For example, Mr. Lee and his team were not able to control for hours worked each week, since they didn’t have that data. That seems like a pretty significant determinant of income to me."

      in other words – if a man working a high-paying corporate job is putting in a 60 hour week & a woman in a similar or same position is working only 40, that in itself would largely explain the perceived pay gap, as well as their advancement in the company, as people such as warren farrel have been saying, quite correctly, for over 20 years.

    24. Anonymous says:

      Majority of people are ignorant idiots. They are brainwashed by media companies who distort their pattern of thinking. Most of them have no clue that they were manipulated by others. It is a good idea to make American men realize that they have been brainwashed to believe its their fault. Most American guys like to feel like a man by joining the army , playing violent video games, pumping muscles but they have been castrated by the media,police, legal system in every way possible. Society thinks that young American men should be domesticated. Why are they given Ritalin ??

    25. Monoe (pronounced mo says:

      chiild please–we rule the motha'effing planet.

      recognize.

    26. bettie says:

      well, you can't argue with that..

    27. bettie says:

      i mean i literally CAN'T argue with it.. i have absolutely no idea what it means..
      :)

    28. @Nel

      "guys..men’s studies already exists. and it looks at the social construction of maleness..so the forces that shape men and their behaviour. these forces that create an archetype impossible to achieve, that leave men feeling less than. this male studies is not helpful. men’s studies is."

      I could not disagree more emphatically. Masculinity is not the only thing that merits study amongst men. There's more to the male experience, if you will, then just society's expectations upon them. The male studies courses are to include a wider array of subjects, including to history and law. As you might be aware, the law does not treat men the same as it does women. Some examples to this are the Selective Service Act, which drafts only men, and the Violence Against Women Act, which only protects women from domestic violence. To be blunt, it's arguable that masculinity is SOLELY a societal construct. A great deal of biological data points to a different answer; and, these new courses are going to incorporate this new information, that's available to us. Think of Male Studies as Men Studies for the 21st century.

    29. @anonymous

      "I think the US should adopt a universal childcare systems, much like what many European nations have. It would give many women (and men too) the opportunity to pursue careers that they wouldn’t be able to otherwise."

      I think US companies should seriously consider upping maternity leave by a few weeks and actually providing paternity leave, for once in their lives. Young infants need their dads as much as their moms after all. I remember my first two words: 'dada & mama' =)

    30. @Desirae

      "You know, a lot of women would prefer to be required to register for the draft. I consider myself a feminist, and I think it’s only fair–not only to men, but also to women. And I have no intention of serving in the armed forces. In a lot of cases, it’s not because women don’t want to. It’s because they can’t.

      However, a friend of mine once made the argument that until women were allowed to fight on the front lines, requiring them to register with the draft would be bullshit. Obviously there are flaws in both arguments, but it’s something to consider."

      Personally, I think no one should be drafted. The government shouldn't have the power to start enslaving people to go and fight wars, they don't necessarily support. It's a shame men weren't given the right to draft exemption that women have always had.

    31. criolle johnny says:

      Just another note on the "male studies vs. men's studies" concept. The link on the symposium has a LOT of info:
      http://www.malestudies.org/faq2.htm
      It seems that the concept if evolving as we type. Much of what we write may be obsolete quickly.

      Meanwhile it's great fun!

    32. m says:

      this post was waaay too bitter! We all know that men aren't perfect, but we women aren't either.

    33. Jenna says:

      Well, the system favors men in some areas and women in others. There are stereotypes in both directions. And there is humor pointed in both directions (does anyone remember when Hillary ran for president and someone stood up to ask her to iron his shirt?). There's a line for humor, and it's up for people to decide where to draw it. I see no problem with a little humor, whether it can be called anti-male OR anti-female, but there is a line.

      Many people have made very valid points for both sides of the argument. A little too serious considering the source of the argument, but still valid.

      Except for Casey. Casey should seek serious clinical help…and probably not hang around a website with a primarily female target audience. Yeesh.

    34. Casey says:

      And Jenna made absolutely no point or argument what-so-ever.

      Maybe she should learn how to develop her own opinions. And I don't mean of other people she's never met.

    35. beleria says:

      IT IS A JOKE GUYS COME ON. People are so sensitive these days. Gah. It may not be funny to you but that doesn't mean you have to bash the reader or grab scientific statistics out of your ass to prove a point. If it was talking about women I would still think it was funny. You know why? BECAUSE IT MEANS NOTHING. She's not saying anything so crucially hurtful that it's going to make you cry. On the other hand maybe I'm wrong…

    36. Ash says:

      Zoe – Thank you! It's a joke, jeeeez.

      And yes, I would still laugh as hard if it were about women. The beauty of it is to laugh at ourselves. Duh. If someone seriously wrote an article about all my weird little quirks, I'd be peeing my pants because I would be gasping that it was all true. Take it all lightly…no need to get your panties (or boxers) in a twist.

    37. facts says:

      There are more female babies born each year than male babies.

      We're gonna take over the world.

      http://bit.ly/bCbgXy

    38. Anonymous says:

      @ Doug

      Hi Doug,

      While your points started out very scientific and valid, i think your own bitterness came through towards the end. You became very stereotypical, and began placing people in boxes, suggesting that women force men to stay at home, and that if she gets very far in ger career that means that she will cheat on her husband. Not only is this not in any way factual its very discrimminating. If tghis is not the point yo were making, i apologise, but that is what i read from it

      " such as the overall 40% illegitimacy rate now clearly in part due to e.g. feminist insistence the mother’s having illegitimate kids be destigmatized, and supported by child support though the man unlike the woman had no post coital choice (plan B, abortion, giving up to adoption) not to have parental responsibilities, and is now made to pay through his teeth for her choice, often a semi conscious or conscious intentional oops"

      Your point about the child support was interesting, you seem more focused on insulting women here then giving a factual statement. The child support is given to whoever has custody of the child-male or female- and plenty of women pay child support to men. Also when it comes down to it the man need not play any role in his childs life if he doesn't want to.

      Now i'd like to point out THIS ARTICLE IS A JOKE and ppl dont seem to get sarcasm… and yes i would have found it funny if it was about women. Just saying ppl, your kinda over reacting, and im only writing this cos a lot of what your saying is unbelievably sexist and insulting

    39. Darko says:

      Anonymous

      Actually what Doug said about women forcing men to stay at home and they go to work…if that happens yes the divorce probability is getting higher there's been studies about this see the book 'Why sexes perceive commitment differently' by Townsend.

    40. suz says:

      You sound like a total crazy bitter bitch. Stop acting like a victim, you're not doing a favour to females by writing stuff like this. Women have become totally crazy over the last decade, like seriously relax, there's no need to keep attacking men for everything. I'm so tired of it, especially professors who always find a way to bash men, all my female professors do that. Never have I once heard a male professor bash females. You know why? Because they would probably get fired! But if a female professor keeps blaming men for everything its okay because we want equality. Wtf?? Whats the logic here? There isn't any, women just want to make men seem like animals, and keep in mind it's mostly white men that are getting attacked. Grow up!

    41. Lindsay says:

      Except for the sports fanatic part (which only sounds prissy), this is an awesome article =)

    42. E says:

      No need to take this post so seriously! It was a joke for goodness sake! I mean it’s a lot like how jokes are cracked on Family Guy, politically correct or not. It doesn’t really matter and there’s no need to start a GREAT DEBATE about it. Just laugh and move on. If you don’t find it funny, then DON’T laugh and move on.

      A side note: equality doesn’t mean men and women are the same. Women are naturally physically weaker than men which is why there are laws to protect women from violence.

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    44. utahtech says:

      I think the reason so many women are confused as to why the men here are so angry about this article is that this is what we see and hear all the time. If its not one of these articles telling us how “silly” we are because we want to learn about ourselves with out feminist “creating the frame work” of what we are to study. Would feminist allow men to “create the frame work” for what they study in women’s studies classes? I think not. I just read in my “The Atlantic” magazine this week an article called “The end of Men” in which the are absolutely glowing with the fact that when women are surviving this economy better then men and when they chose in vitro fertilization the are choosing girl more over boys.

      On and on and on. Every time I turn around it seems I’m seeing stuff like this and lets not get started on the commercials! There are stories and commercials that show women in the same light but not nearly as much as with men. Its just not P.C. If I didn’t see this garbage as much as I do, it wouldn’t bother me anymore than does the woman on here. Women read it and say, oh that’s silly (or maybe that’s great) and men read it and say AGAIN?? Ok, I put my 2 cents in. Now you women can start telling me I a 40 year old virgin, living in my mothers basement and haven’t had a date ever. (I’m married and have a 17 year old daughter and 10 old son)

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      As soon as I saw the word "destruct" used as a verb I knew this was writtten by a total pussie.

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