“What’s Going On At Texas Tech, and Why Aren’t the Men Invited?” asks Rex Andrew of News Talk 790 in West Texas, who is unsure what this whole “Women’s Studies Program” at Texas Tech is getting at with this event-thingie they are having soon, some kind of “feminist” thing is involved?
A recent news release from Texas Tech announced that the Women’s Studies Program at Tech will present three feminist forums this fall. The first forum, on Friday is called The Feminist Teacher. The news release describes the forum this way:
“The forum will examine strategies to introduce critical-thinking skills in a classroom setting from a feminist perspective. The forum will examine questions such as how does one define a feminist teacher, why is teaching from a feminist perspective vital to classroom curriculum, and what are some best practices that are used to interpret feminist instruction.”
When KFYO googled “Texas Tech Men’s Studies Program” to see if there is a similar program for Men’s Studies at the taxpayer-supported university, we were directed to a link for Women’s Studies.
Rex, let me put your mind at ease with some basic information: Women’s Studies as an academic discipline generally includes the study of any/all genders, and often, in fact almost always, covers issues of masculinity, so you are totally invited to this party! You can even Google “Women’s Studies” and also find out that the discipline exists because women are a historically oppressed and marginalized group and thereby benefit from having safe, accepting spaces in which to WHOOP PATRIARCHAL ASS. Everyone, including you, Rex, and the rest of the men of the world, is also invited to the whooping patriarchal ass party! That’s why we have feminist allies! And things like the Good Men Project! And No, Seriously, What About Teh Menz?
For my part, I knew you (“the men”?) were invited to this party when it was nowhere written anywhere that men were not invited to the party, and in fact I did some Googling myself and found this press release and this sentence: “The forum is FREE and open to the public. Brown bag lunches are welcome.” Amazingly, this is the very same press release you quoted from in your post, so all you had to do was read past the list of named participants to find the part about how you are invited to this party! Everyone, come to the feminist party! It’s free and you don’t even have to buy your lunch!
REX ANDREW, YOU COULD NOT BE MORE INVITED TO THIS PARTY!