What’s Current: US Department of Education investigating claim that Yale discriminates against men

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  • Kursat Christoff Pekgoz, a male PhD student, has filed a Title IX complaint against Yale University claiming that programs and scholarships that are exclusively available to women discriminate against men. Pekgoz has made similar complaints against other universities — including USC where he is a student — arguing that affirmative action for women is no longer necessary because women are no longer underrepresented on campuses.
  • The Winnipeg Police have pulled a woman’s body out of the Red River. Police have not identified the woman, but the mother of April Carpenter says it is the body of her missing daughter.
  • Canada’s National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is holding Expert and Knowledge Keeper Hearings this week. Fay Blaney, an Indigenous feminist and lifelong activist, testified earlier this week. Video of her testimony is now archived here.
  • In Belgium, Kevin Lapeire has been arrested for murdering his ex-girlfriend in front of her three children on Mother’s Day. Lapeire appeared on the reality show Belgium’s Got Talent as a clown.
  • A Salvadoran who fled her country after being brutalized and raped by her husband was granted asylum in the US. Now, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has assigned himself to review her petition. An op-ed in the New York Times says:

“Mr. Sessions has given himself the power not only to decide Ms. A-B-’s fate but also ultimately to try to rule on how our country handles claims for all survivors of domestic violence looking for asylum.”

Lisa Steacy
Lisa Steacy

Lisa Steacy is an Assistant Editor at Feminist Current. She has a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. However, the women she met in her five years as a frontline worker and collective member with Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter deserve almost all of the credit for her feminist education. She lives in Vancouver with her partner and their cats.

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  • Mexican American Lesbian

    This entire shtick about men being discriminated against in colleges is an outright lie.

    Firstly, men go into the trades far more often than women do, largely because the culture of misogyny in blue collar fields dissuades a lot of them. These fields typically have strong unions and pay very well, in fact, oftentimes more so than non-intellectual white collar fields.

    Secondly, just because women are the majority, does not mean men are discriminated against. In fact, at institutions like Yale, women are the ones discriminated against. (https://womenintheworld.com/2015/07/31/it-is-harder-for-women-to-get-into-elite-u-s-universities/) Rich people are also the minority at elite colleges. Doesn’t mean they aren’t favored. (https://www.propublica.org/article/the-story-behind-jared-kushners-curious-acceptance-into-harvard)

    Finally, I find it totally unsurprising that one of the complainants was accused of sexual assault. Given he was put on probation (a very rare occurrance in these cases), it is very likely that he actually did rape them. This is not surprise to me, as MRA’s are all basically rapists.

  • Laura P.

    That’s not what anti-discrimination laws are about. At. All. Are men really that naïve, mendacious, or both?

  • M. Zoidberg

    Oh, fuck the news!

    Men win everything! They get everything! They control everything! But they complain that they have nothing!!

    That’s it! I’m convinced we’re a failed experiment where They got the “man” component wrong.

  • Christine

    That Title IX complainant argues that “women are now outpacing men when it comes to attending and graduating from college”, which I believe has been true for a while, but it doesn’t mean as much as he thinks it means. Does he think it means that more women are getting engineering and physics degrees than men? Come on. Everyone knows that girls and women need to be encouraged in — and misogyny needs to be scrubbed from — STEM fields. Does he realize how many women like me are out there who have two humanities degrees, but are no more successful (in terms of income, job security, social status, etc.) than their coworkers with no education beyond high school? I am certainly not alone in that boat.

    Fine, Pekgoz. Maybe we should stop giving women a leg up in academia (it’s a racket, anyway) and start more affirmative action programs for women in the workplace, where we are still underpaid, discriminated against for our ability to conceive (or the very opposite, if we’re deemed too old), subjected to harassment, and told that it’s all in our heads.

    • Mexican American Lesbian

      This is exactly what I tell males. I know plenty of skilled tradesmen that earn more than me and that those trades are misogynistic as fuck. I have a master’s degree in social work, by the way.

    • Tobysgirl

      I think women should go into the skilled trades — I may be a little prejudiced because I was that anachronism known as a typesetter. Liberal arts degrees are fantastic as long as one acknowledges before pursuing them that they do not necessarily lead to jobs that pay well. In Maine we had a program for women to work on road crews where they could learn to operate heavy equipment, drafting, etc. If I were young today I would become an electrician or a plumber, and when you understand what these jobs involve I think it’s perfectly fine that they pay more than social work. I was a typesetter in a male-dominated industry in NYC, and the men I worked with may have been misogynists but they didn’t dare to show that side to me.

  • OldPolarBear

    Simple solution to Mr. Pekgoz’s “problem”: free college for all, through the PhD level.

  • OldPolarBear

    Another horrifying case in Manhattan (not familiar with that website, but it seemed like the least offensive account with more background detail on what might have been going on). Not excusing what this woman did to her son, if she actually did do what they think, but she was being subjected to an awful lot of shit and I’ll bet we don’t know the half of it yet.

  • OldPolarBear

    Somehow it seems like a really weird, bad day for awful, violent news.

  • Tobysgirl

    @Old Polar Bear: I don’t know what disqus does, but I tried to reply to you, then it wouldn’t let me. Free college for all ONLY at public universities, and the end of all taxpayer-funded subsidies to these extremely wealthy private schools such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, etc.

    • OldPolarBear

      Yes!

  • Tobysgirl

    Did you watch the 60 Minutes segment on Batali and Friedman? Restaurant work is apparently one of the worst. I think young women should consider the skilled trades but not if they come across as very feminine (I may have had very long hair, but I didn’t come across as feminine in my work environments). I don’t know if it’s living in Maine now or what, but I have a woman mechanic who works with men; when we slaughtered pigs, it was women doing the slaughtering; and I do see women on the road crews. It would be interesting to call up the community college and see how many women are in the trades programs.