Title IX Complaint Filed Against Feminist Professor Who Tells Women to ‘Hate Men’

'#BecausePatriarchy'

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An editorial by a feminist professor at Northeastern University that advocates it is okay for women to hate men "#BecausePatriarchy" has now led to a Title IX complaint.

The National Coalition for Men filed a complaint with the Department of Education against Suzanna Danuta Walters, the head of Northeastern's Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, Campus Reform reported.

"Despite numerous requests, Northeastern neglected to conduct an internal Title IX investigation against [Walters]," according to the paper. "Walters later doubled-down on her remarks. In an interview with the Chronicle of Higher Education, she clarified that she ‘doesn't hate men in some generic way,' but insisted that it makes sense for women to have ‘legitimate rage' against men."

Walters reiterated that it "makes sense for women to have legitimate rage" against a "group of people that has systematically abused them"—meaning men.

Campus Reform reported a professor at the University of Michigan-Flint called for Northeastern to investigate, but the school declined to respond.

"How could a male student ever expect fair, just, and equitable treatment from Professor Walters?" asked UM-Flint professor Mark Perry.

The National Coalition for Men has since filed a Title IX complaint, arguing Walters' op-ed is evidence of an "overall hostile effect against male participants" at Northeastern's Women's Studies department.

"Suzanne Walters is the chair of their Women Studies program, not some random schmuck," Harry Crouch, the president of the National Coalition for Men, told Campus Reform. "Her openly hateful behavior is reprehensible, disgusting, and irresponsible. She should not be allowed to promote her misandry in an educational institution with impressionable minds."

The Washington Post published Walters's "hate men" editorial in June.

The editorial began with Walters explaining she has been "pushed over the edge" by "mansplaining" and asked, "Why can't we hate men?" in the wake of sexual misconduct by Democrats Eric Schneiderman and Harvey Weinstein.

"It's not that Eric Schneiderman (the now-former New York attorney general accused of abuse by multiple women) pushed me over the edge," Walters began. "My edge has been crossed for a long time, before President Trump, before Harvey Weinstein, before ‘mansplaining' and ‘incels.'"

"Seen in this indisputably true context, it seems logical to hate men," she says. "I can't lie, I've always had a soft spot for the radical feminist smackdown, for naming the problem in no uncertain terms. I've rankled at the ‘but we don't hate men' protestations of generations of would-be feminists and found the ‘men are not the problem, this system is' obfuscation too precious by half."

Walters goes on to say that criticism of blanket condemnation of men is "mostly" correct.

"These critics rightly insist on an analysis of male power as institutional, not narrowly personal or individual or biologically based in male bodies," she says. "Growing movements to challenge a masculinity built on domination and violence and to engage boys and men in feminism are both gratifying and necessary. Please continue."

Walters, however, returned to her diatribe against men, arguing women have "every right to hate" men "#BecausePatriarchy."

She concludes with a demand that no man run for political office or "be in charge of anything":

So, in this moment, here in the land of legislatively legitimated toxic masculinity, is it really so illogical to hate men? For all the power of #MeToo and #TimesUp and the women's marches, only a relatively few men have been called to task, and I've yet to see a mass wave of prosecutions or even serious recognition of wrongdoing. On the contrary, cries of ‘witch hunt' and the plotted resurrection of celebrity offenders came quick on the heels of the outcry over endemic sexual harassment and violence. But we're not supposed to hate them because . . . #NotAllMen. I love Michelle Obama as much as the next woman, but when they have gone low for all of human history, maybe it's time for us to go all Thelma and Louise and Foxy Brown on their collective butts.

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So men, if you really are #WithUs and would like us to not hate you for all the millennia of woe you have produced and benefited from, start with this: Lean out so we can actually just stand up without being beaten down. Pledge to vote for feminist women only. Don't run for office. Don’t be in charge of anything. Step away from the power. We got this. And please know that your crocodile tears won’t be wiped away by us anymore. We have every right to hate you. You have done us wrong. #BecausePatriarchy. It is long past time to play hard for Team Feminism. And win.

Elizabeth Harrington   Email Elizabeth | Full Bio | RSS
Elizabeth Harrington is a senior writer for the Washington Free Beacon. Elizabeth graduated from Temple University in 2010. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, she worked as a staff writer for CNSNews.com. Her email address is elizabeth@freebeacon.com. Her Twitter handle is @LizWFB.

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