By: Sukhmani Kaur Batra, Courier Staff Writer
As Silicon Valley reels from the recent high-profile sexual-harassment and discrimination scandals, conversations of gender equality are being given a broader traction. In return, there are a lot of men, particularly among young people, who are pushing for men’s rights and a radical subculture calling for male separatism is emerging.
Analyzing this backlash, Logan students looked into historical precedents.
When asked about the historical trend of backlash against the push for gender equality, junior Jeremiah Riley said, “I honestly believe so. Women have been treated unfairly all throughout history. They did not get the right to vote until the 1920’s they were also commonly seen a beneath the man.”
With many Logan students aiming to pursue a career in the tech industry, the Logan community has mixed perspectives.
When asked about her perspective on such students, ethnic women’s studies teacher Dorothy Allen said, “the young women who are trying to get there are already aware of this. They are aware that there needs to be changes.”
When asked about his perspective regarding his peers working in such an environment she said, “ I feel like my fellow peers just need to be aware of the problems and issues that may arise.”
Previously many high ranking officials had dismissed the fringe men’s rights movement, some investors and executives are now listening.
When asked about her speculation of why officials are now paying attention to these arguments, Allen stated, “ [It’s] because the media is attacking them. It’s the only reason. I don’t think it’s because of their own free will or that they want to.”
When questioned again about his thoughts, Riley said, “I am all for equal rights for everyone and maybe the men actually have a legitimate point for their argument maybe their are so problems. I think more people are listening because they feel it is becoming a problem.”
Although studies have proven the hardships that women face in male-dominated industries, many men have said that the line for what counted as harassment had become too easy to cross and that gender parity is too extreme to be achieved.