This year, a group of students tried to open a men’s issues group at Ryerson University.
The Ryerson Student Union nixed that idea, citing “systemic privilege”, “safety”, and “associations with external organizations”, according to a National Post piece HERE.
The union was worried that the groups events would create an unsafe learning environment for “women-identified students”.
Critics are asking why the RSU made this call, and if the same decision would be made if a group of Muslim students wanted to create their own group on a campus featuring Jewish students.
A member of Ryerson’s Feminist Collective said the idea of a men’s group is “horrifying” and that there is no benefit to having one at the university. Men already enjoy a position of power, and therefore don’t need a group to discuss issues.
If women have the right to start a group on campus, doesn’t equality dictate that men should have that same right, too?