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School Offers Course in 'Angry White Males'

The University of Kansas delves into the topic
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2019 12:15 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Want to learn more about the angry white male? Head to the University of Kansas, where a course called "Angry White Male Studies" is slated for next school year. The course catalog says it will delve into the history of angry white men beginning in the US and Britain in the 1950s and work its way up to today, Fox News reports. Students will learn how "dominant and subordinate masculinities are represented and experienced in cultures undergoing periods of rapid change connected to modernity as well as to rights-based movements of women, people of color, homosexuals and trans individuals," per the catalog. But one Kansas lawmaker isn't exactly on board.

"Instead of a course to unite people and empower women, KU has decided to offer a class that divides the student population and could pose a Title IX violation by creating a hostile campus environment based on gender," tweets Rep. Ron Estes, a Republican. On the plus side, junior Rianon Wallace-Demby tells WFLA that "dialogue is important. Dialogue needs to be had." The AP reports that Professor Christopher Forth, a white man and author of Masculinity in the Modern West: Gender, Civilization and the Body, will be teaching the course. Other colleges have been delving into masculinity during the #MeToo movement—including Duke University, which says it's "Men's Project" is "dedicated to interrogating male privilege." (Kansas recently had a scare from three angry white men.)

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