Fox News, Rush Limbaugh Throw Funny Tantrum Over Duke Menâ€™s Project
The right-wing freaked out over Duke University’s Duke Men’s Project (DMP), a “nine-week long, storytelling-based program starting Wednesday that aims to discuss masculinity, feminism and intersectionality.”
Fox News, recently involved in sexual harassment scandals thanks to former CEO Roger Ailes and a culture of sexism, female objectification, and misogyny took exception to this initiative and spun it into a “man ban” at Duke University.
Brit Hume, host of On the Record at Fox News, said this initiative was about man-shamming because it “touches on topics including male privilege, patriarchy, the language of dominance, rape culture, pornography and machismo.”
Hume wasted no time referring to the project as “re-education” for men.
Likewise, Rush Limbaugh made his own disdain clear in an on-air temper tantrum over his perception that Duke University was trying to “wipe out toxic masculinity” and praised male-pattern-violence because “to be a man, to be masculine, is to be violent.”
Limbaugh recommended that “men [stop] going to colleges” like Duke because being educated is not worth “a massive mental emotional crisis”.
More complaining came from conservative journalist Matt Vespa who wrote in an op-ed piece displaying his insecurities with quips such as calling this initiative a “progressive fantasyland”.
Vespa was offended at the thought of having to acknowledge that our Christian-influenced patriarchal culture is oppressive to women. He added: “Sitting around together talking about phantom toxic masculinity and how we can be more ‘accountable to feminism’…someone pass me the hemlock.”
Conor Smith, a senior at Duke University and co-leader of the DMP said the project is “trying to dismantle an inherently oppressive system” and critics like Fox News is simply providing the “resistance” that is expected from a culture of masculine insecurity.
Other founders of this project say that this is an opportunity for men to “analyze their own masculinity” with diverse topics such as “male privilege, masculinity and the language of dominance, sexuality and gender diversity.”