Men’s Rights Course Causes Controversy in Australia

Men's Rights Course Controversy in Australia

A world-first “male studies” course is to commence at the University of South Australia (UniSA) this year, causing the university some controversy for employing men’s rights extremists to teach the course.

Men’s studies, which addresses masculinity from a pro-feminist perspective, has long been taught as a part of university sociology and gender studies departments. However, male studies are slated to be taught with anti-feminist sympathies.

The UniSA has one confirmed course on male health, and three proposed courses on males and society, males and sexism, and psychological therapy with males. The male health course is to be delivered chiefly online and will cost $1800, which is less than most university courses in Australia.

The largest university in South Australia, UniSA is ranked a lowly 17th out of all Australian universities, according to QS rankings.

According to the University of South Australia, the male health course is to be delivered by Associate Professor Gary Misan. However, an unconfirmed document has emerged on A Voice for Men, causing controversy by detailing a plethora of guest lecturers for the subject who are vocal men’s rights proponents that are known for arguing that women’s rights have eclipsed those of men in public and private life.

A Voice for Men is a men’s rights activist group, and sometimes regarded as a hate group. They have recently become known for distorting rape statistics to demonstrate grossly inflated rates of false rape accusations and of female perpetrators.

The UniSA today released a statement clarifying that the course will be a professional certificate in male health and denied the existence of the three other proposed courses. The university distanced themselves from anti-feminist comments made by university staff affiliated with the course. In the statement on their website, UniSA wrote that “these comments were not made by UniSA staff and have no relevance to the new health-related certificate being introduced by the University”. However on their website, the profile of Associate Professor Gary Misan still advises that he is to be the program coordinator for Male Studies.

Dr Misan told the Advertiser, an Adelaide newspaper, “”It’s very difficult for anybody who has opposing views to get a word in. As soon as somebody mentions anything they perceive as being anti-feminist they’re pilloried and in some cases almost persecuted.”

The article breaking the news on the Advertiser suggested links between the new course and A Voice for Men. In an article on the A Voice for Men website, editor Paul Elam labelled the Advertiser article “another very, very dumb move from very, very corrupt people.”

Elam goes on to compare the criticism of the male studies course to historical civil rights movements by writing “We have seen this pattern before in every civil rights movement in history. They will persecute those who would work with them, till what is left are those who will not.”

The journalist behind the Advertiser article, Tory Shepherd, is attacked by Elam on a page created on A Voice for Men over two years ago. The page accuses her of being a “shepherd of lies.”

Women’s groups collectives from Australian universities are planning on sending UniSA condemnations of their male studies courses if they are to feature men’s rights activists. The courses are still causing controversy.

By Natasha Abrahams

Adelaide Now
Sydney Morning Herald

14 Responses to "Men’s Rights Course Causes Controversy in Australia"

  1. tehherb   January 15, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    why is this discussion even going on? if there’s women’s rights/health courses whatever then there should be equal opportunity for men to have the same courses.

  2. Helena   January 15, 2014 at 3:53 am

    Hm, seems like we have one set of rules for women and one set of rules for men. If a woman sticks up for women’s rights, she’s a saint. If a man sticks up for men’s rights (and the rights of women who love men and disagree with feminism), he’s a villain. Even a three-year-old can see the hypocrisy in this. Why aren’t Australian men allowed equal rights, even in the extremely insular and artificial world of academia? Could it be that feminists and/or women might have to examine their own anti-male bigotry and vile hate speech? Could it be that women – shock, horror – are actually in the wrong and need to repent?

    And considering all the malicious and horrifying deceitful things feminists say (I’m talking about you, Natasha Stott Despoja), I’m surprised feminism hasn’t been outlawed for what it is – an evil and disgusting hate movement. Ms Stott Despoja – please stop committing horrible hate speech and/or hate crimes against human males. It’s really, really immoral. My heart bleeds for the children, especially the sons, of the modern feminist-trained woman.

  3. ZimbaZumba   January 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    RE: “A Voice for Men is a men’s rights activist group, and sometimes regarded as a hate group. They have recently become known for distorting rape statistics to demonstrate grossly inflated rates of false rape accusations and of female perpetrators.”

    Since when has a contrary opinion been a distortion? Nice innuendo with the hate group sentence. Making pejorative statements like that without further clarification or justification is gutter journalism. I think people have a right to expect better of you.

  4. ZimbaZumba   January 14, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    “…employing men’s rights extremists to teach the course”

    Firstly the Men involved aren’t extremist in any sense of the word. But also aren’t Women’s Studies Depts. brimming over with Feminist extremists?

  5. Douglas   January 14, 2014 at 11:35 am

    A Voice for Men is only regarded as a hate group by those who believe in female chauvinism.

  6. eskertzen   January 14, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Posted by Paul Elam on the ‘A Voice For Men’ website:

    Administration officials at the University of South Australia have essentially pulled the plug on the Male Studies initiative at that school, effectively bringing years of academic preparation to a sudden halt. The school made the decision after a flurry of false allegations were made by journalist Tory Shepherd in the online magazine Adelaide Now.

    Shepherd falsely reported that the Male Studies group had ties to “hate groups,” one of them being A Voice for men. Her article, which misleadingly suggested a connection between the Male Studies group and the A Voice for Men website, also claimed that the A Voice for Men organization had been declared a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. That claim is false. Indeed, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Arthur Goldwag made public statements expressing the fact that no such designation about A Voice for Men had ever been made.

    The motives behind the false reporting, which also involved support from Australian ideological feminists such as Dr. Michael Flood, appears to be one of maintaining ideological control of the conversation on sex and gender, keeping it in feminist hands.

    Dr. Miles Groth, one of the proponents of Male Studies at the university posted the following to the Male Studies Facebook page, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald.

    ”Two years of preparation and the support of the university from the start now seem to be jeopardy because of unnamed critics making erroneous accusations. It has been known for some years now that academe is held hostage by radical ideological feminists in the humanities and social sciences, and administration, who fear them.”

    The university administration changed direction and turned against the initiative after the online smear campaign.

    Interestingly, Adelaide Now, subsequently reported on the withdrawal of support from the university as though it was an unbiased news story. This is after they published the unsubstantiated and unsupported attacks on A Voice for Men and the Male Studies group.

  7. Daniel   January 14, 2014 at 4:50 am

    “MRA’s are known for distorting rape statistic”

    Meanwhile feminists promote the lie that 1 in 4 women have been raped based on a study by Mary Koss in wich nearly 3/4 of the women Koss counted as rape victims said in a follow up study they were not raped :eye roll

  8. capt.   January 14, 2014 at 2:17 am

    Not All MRA’s are the same.

  9. Guest   January 14, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Of course, this article is an anti anti-feminist hit piece that totally overlooks the copious scholarship on feminist falsehood, fraud, misrepresentation, misandry, and female supremacy. Anti-feminism, Men’s Human Rights Movement, free speech or genuinely scientific (eg non-feminist) scholarship deserves every bit as support as does the bigoted coven known as GWS or the feminist freak show known as Men’s Studies. Mainstream gender feminists who are bigoted extremists in both ideology and behavior deserve to be called out as the true haters by any objective standard.

  10. Archy   January 13, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    “They have recently become known for distorting rape statistics to demonstrate grossly inflated rates of false rape accusations and of female perpetrators.”
    Prove it.

    “Women’s groups collectives from Australian universities are planning on sending UniSA condemnations of their male studies courses if they are to feature men’s rights activists. The courses are still causing controversy.”
    So women’s groups are afraid of men advocating for male rights? Does that mean women’s groups are against equality or do they see this as a certain type of advocacy they disagree with similar to how some mra’s are anti-feminist but still believe in equality between genders? Do these same women’s groups call out Dr Betty McLellan and her misandrist statements?

  11. Jay Boppana   January 13, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Labelling anyone who advocates for equality for men & boys as extremists, what a biased article. The real extremists are the misandrist feminists who dominate our universities. So someone comes along and questions the misandrist feminist lies and their ideology indoctrinating scores of Arts graduates, and they are labelled as extremists? Sorry, but the misandrist feminists who dominate the discourse on gender issues are the extremists.
    Good on UniSA for finally standing up to the academic misandry which dominates our world.

  12. Sandy   January 13, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Aha, I see that those people seeking real gender equality are labelled as “extremists” whilst of course those promulgating misandry are simply activists/visionaries/ etc. Meanwhile mens rights groups, which by the way include many women, are “hate groups”. Even the poor old Uni SA gets slagged just for doing something tangible to actually facilitate a balanced debate. Just shows how tightly and effectively the neo-feminists now control the gender agenda. A very very sad state of affairs, as more and more people are starting realise.

  13. John Narayan   January 13, 2014 at 9:01 pm


  14. Roberto   January 13, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    As if women’s studies courses weren’t liked to extremist feminists.


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