News Roundup – March 23rd

Editor’s note: Please welcome new contributor IndependentShock, who will be reporting on local events and sharing relevant men’s rights content.

Renaming the Women’s Resource Center

KSU Men has opened correspondence with Shameka Wilson, the Director of Women’s Resource & Interpersonal Violence Prevention Center. KSUM founder Sage Gerard met Wilson at Southern Smash, a KSU Love Your Body event themed around smashing scales with sledgehammers. According to Wilson, the center serves both men and women. So why does the center not have a gender neutral name?  Wilson’s response was that a name change was “one of her battles,” although she has not said with whom she is fighting the battle.

Additional emails have been sent to Wilson, but we have yet to hear a response.

RAD Copyright Legalities

For those of you who are not aware, KSUM has been putting pressure on the KSU RAD program due to RAD for Men’s (RFM) questionable marketing and course curriculum. RAD staff are unable to distribute the private copyrighted course materials, but they were also inappropriately unresponsive to simple questions about the course for several months. Our questions were regarding what specifically RAD for Men (RFM) teaches men.

KSUM can get access to RAD materials if and only if a student attends a RFM course. But no RFM course was scheduled during the Spring semester due to a lack of space, according to RAD Director Trudi Vaughan.  Sage managed to take some pictures of some pages from the RAD manuals before his phone battery died, but the images collected so far are not fully representative of the course material.

KSUM will circumvent the copyright issues by enrolling one or more members in RFM for this Summer. This means that we will get access to materials and quote excerpts for informative purposes. Since KSU Public Safety has been under pressure by KSUM for some time, it is possible that the instructors might tailor the delivery of the material once Sage or another KSUM member attends a class. However, it is doubtful that RAD will make any significant changes in response to pressures from so few students.

Adviser Rotation

Sadly, KSUM recently lost a faculty endorsement due to a misunderstanding.

KSUM’s promotional events were funded by the readers of A Voice For Men (AVFM), a flagship organization for men’s rights activists (MRAs). The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) alleged that AVFM was misogynistic in Issue 145 of the SPLC Intelligence Report, but never actually formally declared AVFM as such. The adviser sponsoring KSUM assumed that the allegation made against AVFM was indicative of KSUM being associated with a hate group, even though KSUM is not formally a subsidiary of AVFM.

Quote Arthur Goldwag of the SPLC:

“It should be mentioned that the SPLC did not label MRAs as members of a hate movement; nor did our article claim that the grievances they air on their websites – false rape accusations, ruinous divorce settlements and the like – are all without merit. But we did call out specific examples of misogyny and the threat, overt or implicit, of violence. […] The SPLC, as a matter of fact, did not formally add any of the groups profiled in the article to the list of 1018 hate groups that it counts as of 2011. Nor did it deny that many of the issues that the Mens (sic) Movement cares about–criticism of the family court system, false rape accusations and the like–have legitimacy.”

Thankfully, KSUM has found a new adviser. A proposal to amend the KSUM constitution has been filed in an attempt to allow for more than one adviser. This way, KSUM will not have a single point of failure through a dependence on faculty endorsements.

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