With much fanfare and aclaim, Stony Brook University has anounced plans
to create a 'Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities.' Heralded by some as a long-overdue balance for males in the face of decades of "Women's Studies" course in universities, Stony Brook is starting with a $300,000 grant for two years. Just what the money is for is unclear but it's probably to do with the extensive panel of people who will be dipping in to the budget and setting the whole thing up. More on them in a moment.
One might have thought that anti-feminists would be delighted at the news of a course on masculinities. After all, here is a chance for academia to set the record straight, to teach how great men have been throughout the ages and how wonderful they are today. It should be a forum to learn how, despite being the minority voter in a democratic country, men are still blamed for anything politicians do wrong. It could even explain matters of male oppression such as not having free universal suffrage for men even though women have had free universal suffrage since 1971. Feminist lies could be examined and the negative impact they have had on men, children and women could be understood in a social context, with proven data.
Professor Kimmel, who leads the new center, admits that masculinities will be taught from a feminst viewpoint. That is to say, not from one of equality such as egalitarianism, nor from one of