Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Today's Funny Post

Perhaps funny-peculiar instead of funny-ha-ha:

Remember the lawyer who sued Columbia University for failing to offer classes in men's studies? His contention was that Columbia was being biased against men, since the university offers women's studies.

The lawyer, Roy Den Hollander, contended that he was trying to save the men of the world, one chauvinistic lawsuit at a time. But he'll have to do better next time, because his suit against Columbia was thrown out on April 23 by Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of United States District Court in Manhattan.

In his decision, now released, the judge noted that Mr. Den Hollander claimed Columbia was violating the first amendment because "his central claim is that feminism is a religion."

"Feminism is no more a religion than physics," the judge wrote, "and at least the core of the complaint therefore is frivolous."

The usual argument men's rights activist make is that if universities offer women's studies programs then they should offer men's studies programs, too. The usual counter-argument to that one is that most other university courses were men's study courses when feminists first wanted women's experiences to be included, both in their methodological approaches and their subject matter, and that this is still the case, especially when it comes to the methodologies and the question of what is seen as worth studying.

But I like the religion idea. Perhaps we could do something with that? Ahem.