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The Masculinist Coalition at Pitzer [02 Apr 2008|06:25pm]
So there's been a lot of positive press surrounding what's been going on at Pitzer with this kid who's trying to start a "Masculinist Coalition" club and this is all I can think to do right now to try and get some word out there about what is so bad and awful about this club. (Plus I was thinking about starting to blog a little more often now, so why not start with this?)

A couple weeks ago, this kid at Pitzer (who I'm not going to name since I have a lot of issues with the way this person has been putting everyone else out there on the internet) sent out an email about starting a Masculinist Coalition for heterosexual men on Pitzer's campus to get together and do "manly" things like drink beer, watch sports, grill, go to strip clubs, etc. Twice in the email, it said that they would "celebrate men (not in a gay way [not that there's anything wrong with that])," which is just not a good way to start (you know, kind of hostile and unaccepting and all that).

At the first meeting, many of my friends who are members of the Pitzer Feminist Coalition and the Pitzer Queer and Allies club, along with a bunch of people who aren't affiliated with these groups but are feminists and queers and allies, came to voice their opinions about why this club is hurtful, offensive, and oppressive. I didn't go to the meeting because I can't deal with people being assholes (any people - even my friends), but I of course received lots of reports from my friends. One of the things that upset me the most is that, apparently, the person who sent out the first email (who is also the leader of the club) made a statement about discussions the group might have about prison rape that went something to the tune of "I'm not going to say that rape of men in prison is more intense than other kinds of rape, but..." and left off there.

Additionally, throughout the entire meeting, this person had a video camera rolling (though it was only focused on this person leading the meeting). Afterwards, this kid posted the video to the masculinist coalition website (yes, they have a website) with some really upsetting captions. For one video, it ridiculed my friend, we'll call him Ryan, for getting upset after being harassed for his comments at the meeting. The leader of the masculinist coalition later sent an email to the entire student body with a link to these videos and the statement: "Please be aware that any emails sent over student-talk or to me privately might very well be posted in multiple locations online."


Eventually, the group went to Pitzer's Student Senate for funding and recognition of their charter (which would make them an official club) and were denied on the basis of their behavior at the meeting. The leaders of the club came to Feminist Coalition that week and a very productive and calm dialogue about what about the club was offensive and how they can fix it and everyone came up with the idea that the club should be called the "Broalition" and it should be about drinking beer and watching sports and everything that they originally wanted to be about. That way, all of these activities can be tied to a male identity if they want it to be, but it isn't making such a blanket statement that that's what masculinity is all about. Not to mention, it helps Pitzer save a little face, too, since apparently the masculinist movement was a hate movement against women.

However, the leader of the club decided that, in good faith, the name could not be changed and they would remain the Masculinist Coalition. They returned to Senate again this past Sunday with a revised charter and were again denied funding, this time on the basis of their name. Keep in mind that, this whole time, everything regarding these decisions has been publicized on the internet.

Yesterday, the kid who sent out the email (who is also the leader of the club) went on KROQ for an interview regarding the whole situation. My friend, let's call her Lauren (even though her real name is on the internet - I'm sticking to my disgust with that, though), called in to offer a voice about why the situation is actually serious and offensive and more than just a matter of some poor kid being denied funding. I haven't listened to the interview yet (again, because I can't stand assholes), but Lauren said that she was cut off by the DJ with the statement: "Now you think you're a feminist and that's adorable, but this is the real world and I'm the man." (something along those lines - but definitely "I'm the man"). The masculinist coalition leader then sent an email out an email to the entire student body with the link to the streamed version of the interview that was posted (by this person) on funnyordie.com, where Lauren's full, real name has been used to tag the video.

Now, I'm not well-versed in gender and queer theory at all and I probably couldn't tell you the broader implications that a formation of a group like this might have in regards to the feminist and queer movements, but I do know that on a practical level, not theoretical, the person who started all of this has been really intimidating, and not just unintentionally. It has become bigger than just some joke, and it really upsets me, not because of the implications it has for feminism and for gay rights, but because I don't feel safe anymore.

So I don't know what to do. Right now, I'm just trying to get a voice out there about why this club is bad. This isn't a voice that says a club like this can't work out or that straight men don't deserve their little space on campus, too. It's a voice that's saying that I should feel comfortable in that space as a girl and I don't. That's what's wrong with this group.

So do what you can to make this voice heard. Visit my [real] blog (amytravelstheglobe.blogspot.com) from as many different computers and IP addresses as you can - get as many hits as possible. If you blog, write a little something about it. I dunno - I'm clearly not as internet savvy as this kid. But I'm hoping other people will help. Get this side of the story out there. Make people realize that it is not a joke.

Sending all my love to the world (even to the haters).
heart out to the max!
-Amy

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[03 May 2006|11:31pm]
I love my hair
I don't really like this whole packing-up-my-room thing
I'm ready for it to just be summer and for me to be home
although I am pretty excited for my road trip
<3
heart

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CALIFORNIA knows how to party..... [28 Jan 2006|04:50pm]
[ mood | happy ]

JEN CAME TO VISIT ME IN CALIFORNIA
my oh my, we had ourselves quite the wonderful time. She got here and I introduced her to some friends....then spent the entire next day in class and lab, though she did come to my African Dance class and seemed to enjoy herself just watching us pretend like we're not all little American white girls...
Then Thursday, we went to HOLLYWOOOOOD...where the stars come out to play, woop woop! It was pretty trashy as one could only expect of such a wonderful little ville....we went to the Wax Museum and the Ripley's Believe it or not! Museum and walked around the area for a bit....went to the Grauman's theater with all the hand prints and basically were the most amazing tourists in the world.
Friday we were going to go to Long Beach, but I messed up the train schedules and we just went thrifting around Claremont instead. I got some junk for the BLING partyyyy that night and it was chill. Got dinner with Taynaaaa and then got GHETTO. Well, I did. Jen wasn't brave enough to hang a thong out the back of her pants. What can I say? We can't all be as awesome as me. Annyyyway, I'm not going to describe my outfit here...the important few will find a way to view pictures of me. The night was super fun....there were 50 BAJILLION people there which was not so fun, but I stayed with the people I love so it ended up being a wonderful time.
Then Jen and I came back to my room and went to bed at like 4ish or so and I took her to the sirport today because she's silly and decided she didn't want to stay here and California with me....what a sucky friend.
HAHA
We all know that's the biggest joke on the face of the earth. I LOVE JEN KING.
This weekend was amazing.


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEN! [30 Nov 2005|01:34am]
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEN

HEARTS.

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so my birthday's February 11 [26 Oct 2005|03:22pm]
http://seaworld.com/seaworld/ca/sp_trainer_for_a_day.aspx

OMG.

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California [sorta] ROCKS [07 Sep 2005|10:55pm]
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DETAILS AND WHY WE STILL NEED YOUR HELPCollapse )

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ME DORM [05 Sep 2005|06:47pm]
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So I recently took a little trip [24 Aug 2005|08:05pm]
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To Pitzer College, the greatest place on EarthCollapse )

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[28 Jul 2005|11:54pm]
note to the world:


The A*Teens cd is now officially the best purchase I have made this year.

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[03 Jul 2005|11:56am]
blooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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[26 Jun 2005|11:49pm]
Dear Livejournal,

I have the absolute best friends in the world and I am really going to miss them next year when I go away to California.

Love,
Amy

[09 Jun 2005|04:33pm]
the only problem with being a princess for a night is going back to normal the next day.

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[02 Jun 2005|02:04pm]
for herman.

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[23 May 2005|11:19am]
I have a really hard time getting myself motivated.

It needs to be sunny out.

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[20 May 2005|09:00am]
SO I have been incredibly bored pretty much all week
Wednesday I did stuff and that's like it...

so I expected today to be no different except that my sister and mom would be home and there would be random guys in the house putting a ceiling fan in my room.
HOWEVER
my mom neglected to mention that 1. these men were scheduled to come at 8am, meaning I had to be up and semi-dressed very soon around that time
and 2. they'd probably turn off our electricity (yeah, I didn't think of that) so no computer, no tv, no radio, no lights in the living room where I like to do work
so not only am I stuck with nothing to do, but I can't even call anyone who would be home cuz it's effing 9:00 in the morning!

they're putting a fan in mine and my sister's rooms so I dunno how long it will take
they were supposed to put in this big attic fan but it's raining
this sucks, I'm going to go sleep on the couch

my time here is done

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[07 May 2005|09:56am]
so looking at my friends'list today, I noticed that no one except Jen King has a moving LJ icon anymore
and that made me RATHER sad.

that is all.

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[25 Apr 2005|10:34pm]
this little light of mine...








I'm gonna let it shine.

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[24 Apr 2005|10:10am]
[ mood | happy ]

oh happy day!

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haha, Amy = Dork

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[05 Apr 2005|01:47pm]
Dear Teeth,

Please stop doing everything in your power to ruin my life. You are not as important as college and I need the money that you are wasting away on yourselves to pay for a good education. And if my grandmother finds out how much you are costing my family, she will have my head. Not to mention the emotional and physical stress you put me through everytime I need a cold test or drilling.
If you can't do this for me, please just fall out so I can get fake teeth and be done with you.

Sincerely,
Amy

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[30 Mar 2005|10:31pm]
[ mood | ecstatic ]

I GOT INTO PITZER!
California here I come...

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