Sociologist claims veganism promotes white masculinity

A sociology instructor at North Carolina State University (NCSU) is warning in a new academic article that vegan men are guilty of perpetuating “white masculinity.” 

“Meatless meals and masculinity” was written by Mari Mycek, a doctoral candidate and teaching assistant in the NCSU sociology department, who argues that vegan and vegetarian men have reclaimed their “previously-stigmatized consumption identity” to wield power over women by framing their lifestyle as a rational, rather than emotional, choice.

Though some scholars claim that eating meat causes “toxic masculinity,” Mycek came to a different conclusion based on interviews with 20 vegan men, asserting that they actually tend to “uphold gendered binaries of emotion/rationality and current ideas of middle-class, white masculinity.”

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Mycek argues that vegan men use their diet to bolster their masculinity “by explaining their choice to become [vegan] in ways that evoke logics of rationality, science, and reason, concepts that also traditionally get coded as masculine."

Observing that “these performances of masculinity are aligned with white middle-class social norms and expectations,” she contends that middle-class men are uniquely poised to take advantage of this status-building strategy. 

Mycek also frames veganism as a privilege for the elite, explaining that it symbolizes for men “a form of cultural capital and a symbolic resource, a way to align oneself with those who have the privilege of choice when it comes to food decisions.”

[RELATED: Conservatives more resistant to vegan lifestyle, prof finds]

Men are especially guilty of perpetuating white masculinity if they frame their choice to become vegan as “rational” as opposed to “emotional,” Mycek asserted.

Lucas, a 29 year-old who works in technology, was one example. “I try to stay under the radar, but it might come up. Then, I just explain it matter of fact,” Lucas told Mycek when asked to explain his veganism. 

Another student accused of being “rational” was Tyler, a 22 year-old who chose veganism after learning about environmental issues. 

“I started being more interested in environmental issues and I realized that my diet could

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Purdue takes control of writing guide after controversy

Purdue University has taken editorial control of its online writing guide in response to recent controversy over a "biased language" primer, and some faculty members are not happy.

As Campus Reform previously reported, the popular Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) includes a handout titled “Stereotypes and Biased Language,” which states that words like “mankind,” “man-made,” and “mailman” should be avoided because of their masculine connotations. 

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According to the Journal & Courier, Provost Jay Akridge bashed Fox News after the story appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight and Fox and Friends, stating that “this assertion that there was this ‘ban on man’ obviously was a gross misstatement.”

He did, however, announce at the time that the OWL would be undergoing some changes, which included handing editorial control of the guide over to an an advisory board that will work with College of Liberal Arts Dean David Reingold.

Reingold described the move as a minor change, but some faculty members were nonetheless upset by it.

“We’re really concerned about that decision to take out that language,” University Senate member Linda Prokopy said to the contrary, expressing concern over having “a dean who is going to be micromanaging.”

[RELATED: University advises students to avoid the terms ‘husband/wife’]

Following Campus Reform’s coverage of the guide, Purdue removed some of the controversial language in order to make the language “less judgemental and prescriptive,” according to Senior Director of News and Information Brian Zink.

A section of the guide declaring that “writing in a non-sexist, non-biased way is both ethically sound and effective,” for instance, was changed to “writing without gender bias is sound and effective.” 

Notably, the guide also added a section encouraging readers to “always consult your professional or disciplinary community standards or imagine what is appropriate to your rhetorical audience or genre.”

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Antifa assaults pro-Trump demonstrators at Arizona State

Antifa members recently assaulted a group of peaceful Trump supporters who were demonstrating on Arizona State University’s campus. 

After protesting an event in Phoenix, Arizona, a group of activists calling themselves Patriot Movement Arizona decided to bring their message to Arizona State University’s nearby Tempe campus. The visibly diverse group displayed various flags, ranging from the American flag to the controversial “Kekistan” flag, and shouted slogans such as “Trump is your president” and “American dreamers first” with the assistance of bullhorns.

The group of approximately 18 people received mixed reactions, including a woman who called the police and a member of College Republicans Unites who joined in. As they neared the center of campus, they began to post flyers honoring individuals killed by illegal immigrants, some of which intentionally covered Antifa leaflets proclaiming, “Fighting fascism is your social duty. Support your local Antifa.”

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Eventually a group of six Antifa members approached, and as a nearby police officer stopped to watch, the two groups shouted slogans at each other.

Antifa then approached an advertising column and began tearing down the memorial flyers. As the two groups intermingled, they began to trade accusations of racism and violence. When two Trump supporters stood next to the column to protect the flyers, at least three masked and hooded Antifa members attempted to push past them, making physical contact.

Another Trump supporter, William Johnson, then grabbed the most aggressive of the three by the back of his jacket, attempting to pull him off the surrounded pair of activists. The Antifa member spun around, breaking free of his hold, and aggressively pushed multiple individuals, including a conservative man and a female Antifa member.

Johnson then attempted to halt the violence by pushing the attacker away while Arthur Schaper, a well-known conservative activist from California, shouted, “You don’t have a right to hit, you don’t have a right to hurt.” 

The female Antifa member then joined in, attacking Johnson. Multiple individuals became involved, but the melee quickly dissipated.

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University no longer banning conservative student from class

Nearly a month after a student was barred from attending a religious studies class, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) has reversed course, suspending normal policies and procedures.

Lake Ingle, a student enrolled in “RLST 481 – Special Topic – Self, Sin, and Salvation,” a course taught by IUP Professor Alison Downie that he needs in order to graduate, objected to his instructor’s claims regarding the “reality of white male privilege,” on February 28.

Ingle also rebutted claims made in a video shown in class that featured a transgender woman, stating that there are only two genders and arguing that the “gender wage gap” is a myth. 

As originally reported by Campus Reform, Ingle was subsequently barred from attending class on March 2 via a letter from IUP Provost Dr. Timothy Moerland.

[RELATED: Student barred from class for claiming there are two genders]

The incident appeared in national headlines, stoking public outcry, and Ingle reported in a Facebook status that a ruling on his case would be released on March 19.

President Eugene Delgaudio of Public Advocate, an organization that describes itself as “a dedicated group of young conservatives in Washington, D.C.,” filed a Letter of Complaint the morning of March 19 addressed to various federal authorities in response to IUP’s handling of the case.

“The student Lake Ingle must be be re-instated without anti-Science or anti-Christian biases being used as a criteria for his suspension or any punishment of sanction,” Delgaudio’s letter reads, adding that “An apology is warranted to Lake Ingle and all Christians and a policy of respect and non-harassment of Christian students must be adopted.”

[RELATED: Christian students claim school told them to ‘revise’ beliefs]

Following the outcry, IUP President Michael Driscoll sent an email to students addressing the matter on March 19.

“If you have been paying attention to the news or certain social media sites, you might get the impression that IUP is in some sort of crisis of identity or of quality or of failure to adhere to the basic principles of our society. This is just not true,” Driscoll proclaimed.

“More recently, as reported in some national and regional news, a student was temporarily removed from a class for behavior that the faculty membe

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Harvard Law offering class on Trump impeachment and removal

Harvard Law School is currently offering a class dedicated to the “impeachment and removal by other means” of President Trump. 

“Constitutional Law 3.0: The Trump Trajectory” is currently being taught by Laurence Tribe, a high-ranking professor at Harvard Law School who has appeared in numerous TV and print interviews calling for Trump’s impeachment. 

Enrollment was capped at just 12 students, each of whom had to submit a CV along with a statement of interest for Tribe’s consideration when they applied to enroll in the two-credit course.

[RELATED: SDSU offers course on removing Trump from office]

Students are learning about “how we might expect the Constitution to constrain Trump’s execution of his powers and duties, and what #impeachment and removal by other means might resemble in the Trump era,” the course description explains. 

While the course description is short, Tribe has made his position on Trump very clear. Not only is his forthcoming book—To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment (May 2018)—dedicated to it, but Tribe has recently called for impeachment in numerous ways. 

One of his most prominent essays is “Trump must be impeached. Here’s why,” published in The Washington Post last May, in which he called for the immediate launch of an impeachment investigation on Trump or else “risk tying our nation’s fate to the whims of an authoritarian leader.” 

“It would be a terrible shame if only the mounting prospect of being voted out of office in November 2018 would sufficiently concentrate the minds of representatives and senators today,” he wrote, concluding by calling for “the machinery of removal [to] be reactivated.” 

[RELATED: Harvard law prof joins suit challenging Trump’s legitimacy]

In an MSNBC appearance shortly afterwards, Tribe doubled-down on his stance. 

"Letting him just sit out the too dangerous for the country,” Tribe declared. “We have to start an impeachment investigation in the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee now while the FBI continues to do its work…”

Tribe is also a prominent figure on Twitter, where he frequently attacks the Trump administration and the GOP. 

“A party that embraces @realDonaldTrump and disses Sen.

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