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.

One Comment to: Feminist members go silent with campus media after harassing comments

  1. An outsider with an opinion

    January 16th, 2019

    I would first like to say that I am not from RU, I am just a person looking from the outside on this situation.

    I would first like to point out that their first condition implies that the RSU re-commit themselves to equality, yet the group clearly doesn’t know the definition of equality. If women are allowed to talk about their issues, then men should too. That is how equality works. Secondly, they also imply that the RSU should commit themselves to anti-oppression. I totally agree with that statement. The RSU should commit themselves more to anti-oppression. they have tolerated the RFC’s oppressiveness towards the RMIG up until now, and that should really change. The internet is always making jokes about authoritarian style SJW and feminist groups. I thought that they were just jokes, and that they didn’t really exist. This proved to me otherwise.

    In short, the RFC seems to want to saw off the branch that they are sitting on, and to be honest, it should be sawed off.
    I do not ask anyone to agree with the opinions that I just stated, I just ask that people acknowledge my right to say them.

    equality goes both ways

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