Watch What Happens When You Change A Few Key Words In This Over-The-Top 'Feminist Masculinity' Class

Ohio State University is currently offering a course about masculinity that offers a perfect opportunity to show how ridiculous it is; if a few key words were altered in the class' description it would result in hysteria from the very people who are currently cheering the taxpayer-and-exorbitant tuition-funded class.

The class, "Be a Man! Masculinities, Race and Nation," presents "white heterosexual masculinity" as something detrimental both personally and societally and declares that the ideas behind white straight men's masculinity "simultaneously harm yet privilege" men. The course seeks in part to explore "how ideas about masculinity define racial boundaries, and justify excluding groups from citizenship or denying their rights as citizens," as well as "explain how beliefs about masculinity serve to justify certain kinds of violence by men against others, and violence against particular groups of men."

As a thought experiment, below are excerpts from the course description and some of the assigned readings from the class followed by Bizarro World revised versions in which we replace some key words to see how well our new "femininity" class would fly with the social justice left.

Let's start with some of the course's assigned readings (list provided by Ohio State's Amanda Tidwell):

  • "Masculinity as Homophobia"
  • "Advertising and the Construction of Violent White Masculinity"
  • "Looking for My Penis"
  • "Teaching Men's Anal Pleasure"

No, seriously, those are in the course. So here's a revised version with gender, race, and sexuality flipped around:

  • "Femininity as Heterophobia"
  • "Advertising and the Construction of Violent Black Femininity"
  • "Looking for My Vagina"
  • "Teaching Women's Vaginal Pleasure"

Uncomfortable yet?

Before presenting the course description, the instructor informs students that the class "meets on land taken by force from Native Americans. The original inhabitants of this land include the Shawnee, Miami, Wyandotte, Delaware, Mingo, Seneca, Erie, and Ottawa tribes." Having checked off the course's Native American wokeness and dropped the Left's favorite term, "violence," we get to the course description proper.

In the opening paragraph, we're told that the course introduces students to the field of "feminist masculinity studies" and draws heavily from "foundational feminist and queer analytical tools." Here's the original followed by the Bizarro version:

The class introduces students to foundational feminist and queer analytical tools about masculinities, and especially the field known as men’s studies or feminist masculinity studies.

REVISED:

The class introduces students to foundational pro-male and heterosexual analytical tools about femininities, and especially the field known as women’s studies or pro-male femininity studies.

How well would feminists respond to an entire field titled "pro-male femininity studies"? Talk about mansplaining. Would queer theorists get on board with "heterosexual studies"?

In the second paragraph, we are informed that traditional masculinities "naturalize violence." "How do these beliefs naturalize certain kinds of violence?" the instructor asks. Could he write something as damning about femininity and get away with it? Not a chance.

Then we come to the third paragraph, which is packed with left-wing assumptions that if reversed would cause the social justice crowd's heads to explode. Here's the original, followed by the revision:

The first section introduces students to the most central questions of feminist masculinity studies: How can masculine ideologies simultaneously harm men yet privilege them? And how do these harms and privileges differently affect men of different races, sexualities, and classes? To help address such questions, this section also introduces the most central theoretical framework of feminist masculinity studies: the notion of hegemonic masculinity. The second section complicates taken-for-granted ideas of gender by examining female masculinities and male femininities. Finally, the third section looks at how ideas of masculinity, race, and nation not only interact, but co-create each other. That is, how ideas about masculinity define racial boundaries, and justify excluding groups from citizenship or denying their rights as citizens.

REVISED:

The first section introduces students to the most central questions of pro-male femininity studies: How can feminine ideologies simultaneously harm women yet privilege them? And how do these harms and privileges differently affect women of different races, sexualities, and classes? To help address such questions, this section also introduces the most central theoretical framework of pro-male femininity studies: the notion of hegemonic femininity. The second section complicates taken-for-granted ideas of gender by examining female masculinities and male femininities. Finally, the third section looks at how ideas of femininity, race, and nation not only interact, but co-create each other. That is, how ideas about femininity define racial boundaries, and justify excluding groups from citizenship or denying their rights as citizens.

Among the learning outcomes for the class, the instructor doubles down on all his "violent," "exclusionary" stereotypes of masculinity, telling students they will learn how to "explain how beliefs about masculinity serve to justify certain kinds of violence by men against others, and violence against particular groups of men."

In a piece for the College Fix, Tidwell provides some background on the instructor:

The course was created and is taught by Jonathan Branfman. Branfman is a doctoral candidate in Ohio State’s Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a recent recipient of a 2017-18 Presidential Fellowship, the most prestigious award given to students by the OSU Graduate School, according the the department’s website.

Branfman is also author of the new children’s book “You Be You!” intended for 7- to 12-year-olds that gives parents a “simple and accessible way” to introduce children to gender and sexual identity “in hopes of decreasing stigmas associated with the LGBTQ community,” the Lantern campus newspaper reports.

FYI: Tuition for Ohio State University is over $10,000 for in-state students and over $28,000 for out-of-state students.

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