July 3rd – 自杀之性 The Suicide Sex

 

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In Canada, over 75% of suicides are made by men, with over 50 men per week dying by suicide. Experts have labelled this a ‘silent epidemic’. In this presentation, Dr. Whitley will explore some of the socio-cultural factors that may be playing an explanatory role in these elevated rates of suicide and examine what can be done to prevent suicide and promote mental health.

Presentation: The Suicide Sex
Sunday, July 3rd @ 3:30pm
SFU Harbour Centre – 515 Hastings St. West
Room #1700 (NEW, bigger theatre!)

Hosted by SFU Advocacy for Men & Boys
Sponsored by the Canadian Association for Equality Vancouver and Area Branch

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:

Dr. Robert Edward Whitley – Psychiatrist
Rob Whitley is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. He has published over 100 papers in the area of social and cultural psychiatry, and currently leads projects funded by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

 

TRANSPORTATION INFO:
The Waterfront Skytrain station is only 1 block from SFU Harbour Centre. Alternatively there are numerous buses that stop in the area – more info available via TransLink. For drivers check out this Parkopedia link for information on parking in the area of SFU Harbour Centre: http://goo.gl/xlydff

June 17th – “The Accusation Is The Verdict”

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Join SFUAMB for our seventh event on the question of anti-male legal biases in Canadian society. We will be inviting local legal experts and activists to discuss the state of the legal system today, in particular the ways that it disadvantages men. Issues including: parental alienation, false accusations, presumption of guilt in domestic violence disputes, and more will be discussed.

Panel Discussion: The Accusation Is The Verdict
Friday, June 17th @ 6:30pm
SFU Harbour Centre – 515 Hastings St. West
Room #1800 (Main Floor)

Hosted by SFU Advocacy for Men & Boys
Sponsored by the Canadian Association for Equality Vancouver and Area Branch

ABOUT THE PANELISTS:

Carey Linde – Lawyer
Practicing law for over 40 years, Carey raised three children to adulthood as a single father parent. Carey is a strong advocate for consensus over conflict. But he won’t avoid the just fight when reason fails. He is a member of the Trial Lawyers’ Association of British Columbia and a past member of the American Trial Lawyers’ Association. Carey Linde pioneered the movement for equal-time shared parenting in the courts of Canada. His practice is aimed at ensuring children can keep both parents meaningfully in their lives.
Website: http://www.divorce-for-men.com/

Georgialee Lang – Mediator, Arbitrator, Lawyer
Practicing for 25 years, Georgialee has been blessed with great clients, wonderful colleagues and exceptional cases. Some of her accomplishments include: (1) Lead faculty member in British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute training program for family law arbitrators, February 2013 (2) Named by “Best Lawyers in Canada” and “Lexpert” as a leading lawyer since the inception of both Ranked by Martindale Hubbell (3) Law blog “lawdiva.wordpress.com” awarded Best Canadian Legal Blog 2010 by the Canadian Blog Awards
Website: http://www.georgialeelang.com/

Dr. Don Dutton – PhD in Social Psychology, UBC
A tenured professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Department of Psychology, Don received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Toronto in 1970. In 1974, while on faculty at the University of British Columbia, he began to investigate the criminal justice response to wife assault, preparing a government report that outlined the need for a more aggressive response, and subsequently training police in “domestic disturbance” intervention techniques. He has published over 122 peer reviewed journal articles and 10 books, including the Domestic Assault of Women, The Batterer and The Abusive Personality.
Website: http://www.drdondutton.com/

Diana Davison – YouTuber, Legal Activist
A popular vlogger on gender issues, freedom of speech, and feminist interventions in the legal system, Diana is known for her well researched videos addressing the growing challenges facing men in the courtroom. Encouraging members of the public to take an interest in the legal system and to add their voices to the discussion, Diana has become a strong voice in a community concerned with protecting and preserving civil rights. Diana has recently garnered a lot of attention with her research and coverage of the Jian Ghomeshi trial in Toronto and is regularly contacted by lawyers for her perspective and analysis of witness testimony in cases going before the courts.

TRANSPORTATION INFO:
The Waterfront Skytrain station is only 1 block from SFU Harbour Centre. Alternatively there are numerous buses that stop in the area – more info available via TransLink. For drivers check out this Parkopedia link for information on parking in the area of SFU Harbour Centre: http://goo.gl/xlydff

May 27th, “What Does It Mean To Be A Man Today?”

 

 

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What does it mean to be a man today? Claims that “men are in crisis” have grown in recent years with some stating an official “end of men.” More practically, there are growing opinions that dating/relationships with men have become more complex than in the past – is this a product of men’s confused identity?

Panel Discussion: What Does It Mean To Be A Man Today?
Friday, May 27th @ 6:30pm
SFU Harbour Centre – 515 Hastings St. West
Room #1800 (Main Floor)

Hosted by SFU Advocacy for Men & Boys
Sponsored by the Canadian Association for Equality Vancouver and Area Branch

ABOUT THE PANELISTS:

John Hembling (MGTOW Activist)
A former Men’s Rights Activist, John Hembling is a popular figure in the Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW) movement. He has produced numerous articles and videos on the plight of men in modern society including legal biases against men, the misrepresentation of domestic violence facts in academia/media, and more.
Website: https://www.youtube.com/user/johntheother

Eddy Baller (Ultimate Man Builder)
The founder of UltimateManBuilder.com, Eddy Baller is a Vancouver dating coach who helps heterosexual men become more confident, refine social skills, and create great relationships. Eddy writes regularly on personal development, for women and men, and his articles have been featured on Plenty of Fish, The GoodMen Project, Vancity Buzz, and more.
Website: http://www.ultimatemanbuilder.com/

Cory Bretz (ManKind Project)
As a member of the Vancouver Men’s Evolvement Network in 1990’s Cory led the Men’s Wisdom Council Talking Circle, a place where men could safely begin to speak their truth. He was one of the facilitators who created the mythopoetic Passageway Men’s Retreat that ran for several years, helping men use ancient stories and ritual to redefine their lives. In 1999 he attended the ManKind Project New Warrior Training Adventure and he’s been a regular in local MKP men’s support groups ever since. Cory is also an entrepreneur, gatherer of stories and filmmaker at Heirloom Films and Storybooks (http://www.heirloomfilms.ca/)
Website: http://britishcolumbia.mkp.org/

Kevin Dale McKeown (Daily Xtra Columnist)
In the early 70’s Kevin Dale McKeown became the first “out” gay journalist in Canada, writing for the Georgia Straight. Since then he has written extensively about Vancouver’s gay community, including on issues affecting it’s male population. Kevin brings to the panel a unique perspective on what it means to be a man today with awareness of issues affecting men in both the heterosexual and LGBTTQ communities.

TRANSPORTATION INFO:
The Waterfront Skytrain station is only 1 block from SFU Harbour Centre. Alternatively there are numerous buses that stop in the area – more info available via TransLink. For drivers check out this Parkopedia link for information on parking in the area of SFU Harbour Centre: http://goo.gl/xlydff

April 23rd – “SheForHe: The Future of Men”

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Join SFU Advocacy For Men & Boys and 3 women fighting for Men’s Human Rights for a Presentation and Panel Discussion featuring: Alison Tieman, Hannah Wallen, and Karen Straughan of Honey Badger Radio.

PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION:

“Chivalry, women and children first, #heforshe… what do all these things have in common? The idea that men are more powerful than women and must use that power in service of women’s weakness and inability. This is the traditional idea of manhood, using strength to serve and protect the traditional weaker feminine.
But what if the truth is that women are not weak and not incapable. And that it’s really women who should be obligated to use their power in service of men’s vulnerabilities? Introducing #SheforHe and the radical notion that a being a damsel, for women, isn’t radical.” – Alison Tieman (Presenter)

SheForHe: The Future of Men
Saturday, April 24th @ 3pm
SFU Harbour Centre – 515 Hastings St. West
Room #1800 (Main Floor)

Hosted by SFU Advocacy for Men & Boys
Sponsored by the Canadian Association for Equality Vancouver and Area Branch

March 9th: Feminist & Medical Critiques of Circumcision

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Join SFU Advocacy for Men & Boys for a two-part lecture + Q&A presented by two medical experts on male infant circumcision, a highly controversial topic in North America. For the first part of the lecture, Dr. Christopher Guest will present a medical critique on the practice. Some points that he will discuss are the historical origins, worldwide trends in circumcision, and an examination of the medical claims in support of circumcision. For the second part, Feminist nurse Kira Antinuk will be giving a feminist critique and her perspective on circumcision as well as her 13-year long involvement in the movement to promote equal genital autonomy for all children.

“A Feminist Nursing Critique of Circumcision”
SPEAKER: Kira Antinuk, RN, BScN
Historically, there have been few feminists who have advocated for the genital integrity rights of all children, yet a growing and diverse movement of people is challenging the frameworks in which we consider genital cutting in our society.

“A Historical and Medical Critique of Circumcision”
SPEAKER: Dr. Christopher Guest, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.
Male circumcision is a complex issue. Are health care providers providing current, evidence-based information which takes into account their professional ethical responsibilities?

Feminist and Medical Critiques of Circumcision
Wednesday, March 9th @ 6:30pm
SFU Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street

Event made possible by the Children’s Health & Human Rights Partnership

Hosted by SFU Advocacy for Men & Boys
Sponsored by Canadian Association for Equality Vancouver and Area Branch

An Introduction to the SFUAMB

SFU Advocacy For Men & Boys had a great time tabling during January’s club days at both Burnaby & Surrey campuses – welcome to all our new signups! Above is a short introduction to the team behind SFUAMB, what the philosophy behind our club and advocacy work is, and what our future goals are as a club. Come out to our club social on Thursday, January 28th!

A response to the open letter from the GSWSSU & CGC

To the Communication Graduate Caucus and GSWS Student Union of SFU,

This is a response to the recent open letter that was addressed to the SFU Advocacy for Men & Boys club. Before I respond to the expressed concerns and accusations levied against the SFUAMB, the club’s mission statement must be noted, as it will provide the scaffolding for the remainder of this response:

  1. The SFUAMB supports and promotes individual freedoms in all of its operations – that is, freedom of speech, freedom of choice, freedom of association, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, and intellectual freedom.
  2. Beyond supporting and promoting individual freedoms, the SFUAMB desists from the adoption of any particular ideological framework through which to view and address the issues of gender. It especially desists from the adoption of one or more of the ideological frameworks of any of its present or future executive members.
  3. Instead of providing a prescriptive framework that instructs members of the club and the community at large on how to view and address issues surrounding gender, the SFUAMB instead seeks to serve as a neutral platform of assembly on the basis of a mutual interest in gender equality and the exchanging of ideas, opinions, and knowledge, with honesty, openness, and veracity in mind.

As president, I will respond to your open letter on behalf of the SFUAMB. And given our mission statement, this means that my personal opinions and political views are entirely irrelevant.

The open letter was written in response to our November 8th 2015 event we held where a self-proclaimed anti-feminist, Karen Straughan, addressed concepts of toxic masculinity and toxic femininity. The event was very successful and, from my observation, everyone in the audience left more enriched and enlightened than they had been prior. Nonetheless, it is clear that Karen’s anti-feminism, along with the perceived intent behind the graphics used in the promotion of the event, are what form the entire basis for this letter and its accusations of SFUAMB being anti-feminist as a club, and even ‘anti-woman’.

Firstly, the anti-feminism that Karen aligns herself with is not synonymous with being against women or against women’s rights. Instead, it is the diametrical opposition of an ideological framework and worldview, much like individualism would be anti-collectivist because it is by definition diametrically opposed. But neither individualism nor collectivism are by definition opposed to women’s rights.

Secondly, the event that Karen spoke at was not on anti-feminism, but rather on the concepts as laid out in the title of the event. Despite putting specific promotional emphasis on toxic femininity for the simple reason that it is a concept much less talked about, Karen actually spoke more about toxic masculinity.  

You took issue with the female sign surrounded by a biohazard graphic that we used to promote our event, and called it ‘offensive, hostile, and aggressive’, when in reality it is simply a perfect descriptor of the event title – the female sign denoting femininity and a biohazard sign denoting toxicity. None of our female volunteers or me, a woman, took offense to it or felt aggressed upon. Furthermore, nothing about the visual implies that femininity is inherently toxic, or that all women are toxic. That is simply your histrionic interpretation, and we can’t be held responsible for the liberties you take when you interpret signage. It’s also indisputable that if it were a male sign surrounded by a biohazard graphic, advertising an event on toxic masculinity hosted by the Women’s Centre, nobody would have batted a lash.

But this is all superficial criticism that you levy, which makes sense seeing as there were no representatives from the CGC or the GSWSSU present at the event. We encourage you to watch the actual November 8th presentation, Toxic Masculinity & TOXIC FEMININITY, that has been on the CAFE Youtube channel for many weeks now, and challenge you to find anything anti-woman in its content.

In fact, I have not met a single representative from SFPIRG, the CGC, GSWSSU, or the Women’s Centre at any of the events we’ve held so far, despite having invited many of them personally. Had you taken the time to attend any of our events, you’d be aware that we’ve invited as many feminist and egalitarian speakers as we’ve invited anti-feminist and non-feminist speakers. So far we have kept our promise, as specified in our mission statement, of being a neutral platform for all ideas to be heard and judged on their merits. And we intend on staying loyal to this principle in the future.

You continue by saying:

You claim that men are oppressed by feminism. You seem skeptical of the validity behind social issues such as men’s violence against women and the gendered wage gap, presenting flimsy evidence in an attempt to discredit us and deny our incredibly well-documented lived experiences.

Although you make no clear citation of what exactly you refer to when you make such flagrant accusations (as is the pattern of most of this letter), I can only surmise that you are referring to our Vice President’s letter to the editor of the Peak.

I see nowhere that Jesse claims men are oppressed by feminism, or denies the violence that women face. He was talking about victimization of men in society, by other men and by women. And it happens to be true that men make up the majority of victims of violent crime and half of domestic violence victims in Canada. Once again, it seems to be your interpretation that acknowledging men’s victimization for what it is is somehow trying to invalidate the victimization of women. I also find these accusations ironic seeing as Jesse was responding to an article written with the intent of invalidating men and their deservedness of a space like a Men’s Centre.

While I don’t believe Jesse was trying to discredit anybody, especially not women’s victimization, I cannot say the same for you and your misrepresentation of Karen Straughan’s remarks on why male rapists rape. You misrepresented her statement as her saying that:

men are irrational subjects who commit violence against women because they cannot find consenting sexual partners

What she actually said was that men who rape (not all men) are men who are either very damaged or men who can’t convince a woman to willingly lie down with him. That does not mean that all men who can’t find consenting partners will rape, or that it’s okay for them to rape. It simply means that there is a portion of men that do rape for these reasons. And once again, had you attended the event, you could have asked Karen to elaborate on her point. Knowing her, she probably has research to substantiate it. However, I do not take lightly to such underhanded tactics of misrepresentation.

You then proceed to provide us with ways we can improve our activism, all of which are rooted in intersectional feminism. I think you pose worthy ways of looking at gender politics. But as our mission statement specifies, the SFUAMB is not in the business of telling people how to look at these issues, but instead provide a platform of assembly for people to exchange ideas. Therefore, I encourage you to attend any of our speaker events or socials where you can share these valuable insights.

But the general impression that I have gotten from this open letter is that of “you’re anti-woman/anti-feminist/ misogynist because you don’t discuss gender the way we want you to and the way we demand you should”. This is simply an attempt at maintaining a monopoly on the conversation. Here at SFUAMB, we believe in a free market of ideas – no idea goes unchallenged.

Kind regards,

Theryn Meyer, President
SFU Advocacy for Men & Boys

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