Feminist members go silent with campus media after harassing comments

The Ryerson Feminist Collective said its members will not be giving interviews to campus media after the group received harassing comments.

The comments allegedly came after media reported on the collective’s petition on Change.org demanding that the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) deny the appeal of the Ryerson Men’s Issues Awareness Society.

The collective allegedly received inappropriate comments on its Facebook page stating that the group should be ashamed of its petition. Commenters said they were “disgusted with the group.”

One commenter allegedly wrote: “(The collective) are horrible people. just awful. now I hate women and plan to keep a slave colony on mars (sic) of women…”.

Comments received by the Ryerson Feminist Collective have prompted their members from speaking to campus media. (Handout)

Comments received by the Ryerson Feminist Collective have prompted their members from speaking to campus media. (Handout)

The collective started the petition on Nov. 16 stating that the men’s issues group that applied for club status has caused “alarm amongst students, administration, faculty members, feminists, sexual assault survivors and those with marginalized identities on campus.”

The petition lists two demands. The first is that the RSU “re-commit themselves to principles of equity, anti-oppression, and intolerance of hate speech by: reiterating support of feminist and equity-based groups on campus.”

The second demand is that the RSU deny the appeal of the men’s issues group.

A day later the Men’s Issues Awareness Society released its own petition asking people to support its appeal.

It now has close to 250 signatures, men’s issues group president Kevin Arriola told The Ryersonian.

This article was published in the print edition of The Ryersonian on Nov. 25, 2015.

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