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“White heterosexual men really have it quite bad these days,” Men’s Rights Redditor laments

The time for celebrating is over, white people!
The time for celebrating is over, white people!

So a judge in Ontario has said “nuh-uh” to a deceased doctor’s plan, set forth in his will, to set up scholarships for straight, white, single students.

As the National Post reports:

[Dr. Victor] Priebe’s will asked the trustee to set up bursaries for students planning studies in science …

It said one should be directed to “Caucasian (white), male, single, heterosexual students,” while the other should be reserved for a “hard-working, single Caucasian white girl who is not feminist or lesbian.” …

There were other odd stipulations, too, such as that the male bursary should not go to anyone who plays inter-collegiate sports, and that the recipient should ideally demonstrate “they are not afraid of hard manual work in their selection of summer employment.”

But the judge, a known woman by the name of Alissa Mitchell, says she can’t let something so blatantly discriminatory to stand.

Naturally, the good folks in the Men’s Rights subreddit are outraged by this assault on all that is good and decent.

“I am a white heterosexual single male, and I quite like myself that way,” a fellow calling himself CompayViejo declared, in a comment that got more than a dozen upvotes.

And I associate with other white heterosexual single males, and I generally think my friends are really a great bunch of people to be around. Does that make me racist and homophobic too?

Although we’d really have to read the guy’s entire will for an informed opinion, it’s just harrowing that nowadays, apparently you’re a racist homophobe just because you want to do something for a certain defined section of society after your death. … 

Men, white heterosexual men, really have it quite bad these days in many Western “civilized” countries and are increasingly being marginalized. In a world like that, if you really think that scholarships for white heterosexual men are against the interest of the state, then that’s just pathetic.

Maybe this video will help.

H/T — r/againstmensrights

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EJ (The Other One)
6 years ago

@Bina:

And yeah. Why ARE dress codes all about keeping girls’ bodies policed and “proper”, while the boys get away with everything under the Sun…including, in this case, blatant sexual harassment? And why do teachers think that’s just a harmless case of boys-being-boys, when girls don’t get to be girls — comfortably?

This always struck me as genuine misandry. When people say “boys will be boys” and mean “sexual harassment is innate in men’s nature and can’t be prevented” then they have a very low opinion of men.

I’m male and am capable of not harassing people. It can be done.

WeirwoodTreeHugger
WeirwoodTreeHugger
6 years ago

Razwick,
I think the hardest thing for people to grasp is that privilege can mean just not having to deal with certain obstacles and stressors. They don’t notice their absence because they’ve never dealt with them. Both men and women have to pay a fare to get on public transportation. Free bus rides aren’t a male privilege. But women have the burden of worrying about being sexually harassed on transit. Men don’t. I don’t get go to a store and grab stuff for free because I’m white. I pay the same price for the wares as black people. But I have the privilege to not be immediately suspected as a shoplifter. I don’t worry about being harassed by security. Black people do.

To understand these invisible privileges, the privileged person has to be willing to listen to marginalized people. I’ve yet to meet an MRA, PUA, gamergater, incel, etc who is remotely willing to do such a thing.

epitome of incomprehensilibility

@Rhuu and @dlouwe – Thanks for the info! I also found this link that explains the differences between “college” and “university” for four different places (U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia) – and they’re all different differences. Life is confusing: http://www.diffen.com/difference/College_vs_University

As for the scholarship, I wonder if this man thought through the logistics of his plan. You’d probably have people applying just for a laugh. I’m imagining the letters:

“Dear selection committee, please consider me for your scholarship because I am white as paper and neither a lesbian or a feminist. Proof: I like to wear skirts and the colour pink, which obviously makes me straight, not to mention that feminine women cannot be feminists. In my spare time, I like washing and doing chores for my father and brothers, which will prepare me for eventual marriage. Currently I’m not dating anyone because I want to stay pure for my future husband, like pure orange juice without additives or preservatives.”

Of course, it’s better that the thing not exist at all.

Saphira
Saphira
6 years ago

@Tracy

In high school, I was fired from a job for ‘distracting the boys’.

Seriously? How the heck does someone doing their job “distract the boys?” God forbid we should expect boys to have some kind of self control.

Arctic Ape
Arctic Ape
6 years ago

Also, I was confused on whether this takeout pizza place was unrelated to Tracy’s school? They hired her and then noticed she was a popular sex idol among local male youth, and that was too much for their prestigious business image?

zoon echon logon
zoon echon logon
6 years ago

@Arctic Ape

Hey, my STEM field is agriculture. I deal with literal plant stems, in a literal field.

You win the thread.

kupo
kupo
6 years ago

I just had to troubleshoot a problem with a literal plant stem to see if it was a literal bug. It was not, thankfully. It was actually a feature of the plant.

Orion (New Computer)
Orion (New Computer)
6 years ago

troubleshoot

I see what you did there.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago

Because of course god forbid the poor have dignity, privacy, or a semblance of family life.

God forbid you … know anything at all about what I’m talking about, beyond a single sentence, before deciding it offends the universe?

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago

One alternate idea that I’ve heard proposed is replacing social services with a guaranteed monthly stipend to every person, essentially cutting out all the overhead involved in managing the various programs and giving the money directly to people. I see this as basically a one-up on the guaranteed living wage, as it also gives people near/at/above the living wage additional resources to buffer unexpected life setbacks. So on top of helping elevate people out of poverty, it also helps keep afloat those in danger of falling into poverty, and avoids the trap of “if I make more, I get less assistance.”

Yeah, except that there’s a problem with things like food stamps and housing vouchers, in that they are a direct transfer of money from the government to … wealthy business owners. A guaranteed stipend is only half a step above that. Every penny a really poor person receives in benefits, whether in cash or in kind, winds up in the pockets of the more-privileged folks who provide them with the services they need. If all the poor (or everyone period) got a cash stipend, service providers would accommodate that by raising prices to divert as much of it for themselves as possible.

The way social welfare works today is within the structure of capitalism, and trusting capitalism to take care of the poor if we just pump in enough money is … not something I am personally willing to do. It certainly doesn’t seem to be working very well now, and I don’t think that the solution is just a lot more of the same.

The only way to cut capitalism out of the equation is for the government to provide those services directly. It’s not a perfect idea, but nothing is, and a lot of social problems stem from how devastating homelessness is. The threat of homelessness causes a lot of shit in our society. If anyone could leave a bad situation and have a good, safe place to live and a good meal before midnight that same day, no questions asked, lots of problems would instantly become much more manageable.

thinker
thinker
6 years ago

Um yeah, “doing something for a certain defined section of society after your death” could absolutely get you labeled as a racist homophobe.

The worst human beings of all time were all ‘doing something for a certain defined section of society’ (albeit mostly while they were alive)

Hmmmn kinda see what your saying but each would have to be judged on its own merits otherwise feminism could arguably fall this category.

Alex Cockell
Alex Cockell
6 years ago

From the POV of the low-status male – Billy Joel’s track “Allentown” covers the perspective.

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