According to the student newspaper Salient,
Victoria University of Wellington has decided to scrap its Gender and Women's
Studies programme. This decision has been long in coming, since I can remember
it being mooted several years ago. See Gender
and Women’s Studies says goodbye.
The downside is that one factor which must have decreased resistance to
this decision was the fact that the sort of Feminist thinking that is represented
by having a Gender and Women's Studies programme, in the first place, and
that is also represented by the type of stuff it no doubt teaches, is now
apparently present in various guises in various other departments. Gender
and Women's Studies has been mainstreamed, in other words. Courses such as
"Feminist Jurisprudence" and "The
Psychology of Women" are examples of mainstreamed Feminism, as it manifests
itself on campuses around the world.
While that mainstreaming is no doubt a setback for academic freedom (given
that no Male Studies -- or even
Men's Studies -- has ever been taught at Victoria University of Wellington),
I am hopeful that all these mainstreamed courses in Feminist brainwashing
will be more susceptible to the winds of change, to feedback as to the real
facts on the ground, and to shifts in academic fashions, than a central, isolated
Gender and Women's Studies programme would be.
In addition to being centres of man-hating propaganda, Gender and Women's
Studies programmes are also organisational hubs for Femifascist political
activity. For example, Feminists in other departments can rely on them for
muscle when they harass anyone who dares disagree with them.