OMG UPDATE: Question? Answer.

Updated on Monday, July 7

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QUESTION: Which professors would you like to see talk about Gender and Identity in a discussion panel?

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  1. Shana MacDonald, Jennifer Simpson.

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    1. These are great suggestions! thanks

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  2. Rohan Jaysurenda!

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    1. Robert Mann

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    2. Gunter Scholz!

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    3. People outside the department aren't going to understand this...

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  3. Just make sure the panel is not an echo chamber, toss some people on there who don't all drink the same kool-aid.

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  4. I don't understand a goddamned word you just said. Sounds expensive though. Sounds like something irrelevant and expensive. Sound a perfect for a panel.

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    1. I came off incorrectly here., I think. What I mean to say is that panels never change anything that needs changing. They tend to just be self congratulatory occasions to have a catered lunch.

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    2. At least it's not the usual UWaterloo Velocity/VC circlejerk...

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    3. 100% agreed.

      U of T has enough of this BS going on to cover the rest of Ontario.

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  5. I heard u of t disbanded the traditional student union in place of an equality union that only gives any voice to disenfranchised groups. IE no white males allowed. Is that true?

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    1. Not 100% true, but there is a kernel of truth there. This was going on just as I was finishing up there. Basically, the official student's union has become a mouthpiece for these so-called "special interest groups", such as gender equality groups, religious student groups, ethnic student groups, etc. Which is not to say at all that such groups don't deserve a voice. But the reality is that there are many who fall into the "white heterosexual agnostic Canadian" category (ie., someone who does not identify with an ethnic group or religion, or is non-heterosexual, or has recently arrived in Canada) who feel very alienated as a result. Again, it's in no way meant to privilege white male hetero hegemony or anything, but those people (I count myself among them) have as much right to have a voice as anyone else.

      Now, there was an alternative student group that formed ostensibly to represent those who check none of the above on the disenfranchised groups survey, to borrow 7's term. However, this group was somewhat fractured and seemed to attract people who may have an active dislike of the "disenfranchised groups", if I am understood. So it really has become a bit of a mess, and I haven't heard if this has been resolved, because I resolved to not care after I left. Waterloo, for all people criticise it, beats Toronto any day, at least to me.

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    2. I just like how Waterloo remains relatively neutral. Or as neutral an someplace as liberally skewed as a campus can be in this country. Just get your mandatory donation back from WPIRG every term (I don't believe in forced charity first of all, Even if I agreed with WPIRGs motives I'd probably still resent being forced to give them my money, and I do not tend to align myself with several of their campaigns so it is doubly irritating to me) and you can just come to uni, get your education, buy your 60 cent coffees and get the hell out. Just as it should be.

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