Sponsored by the Feminist Action League (FAL), “Patriarchy Slam” stormed onto the campus of the University of New Hampshire last spring heralded by flyers depicting a woman grasping a hammer emblazoned with “FEMINISM” on the handle.
The event’s name sounded like something straight out of the defunct World
Wrestling Federation: “Patriarchy Slam.” However, had any of the WWF’s male
stars shown up, they would likely have found themselves hammered to the mat.
Sponsored by the Feminist Action League (FAL), “Patriarchy Slam” stormed onto
the campus of the University of New Hampshire last spring heralded by flyers
depicting a woman grasping a hammer emblazoned with “FEMINISM” on the handle.
An accompanying female symbol was adorned with clenched fists and the ad’s
copy read: “If I had a hammer…I’d SMASH Patriarchy.” A comic book bubble by the
woman’s face said, “I FOUND IT!”
What “Patriarchy Slam” lacked in subtlety and decorum, it more than made up
for in sheer venom.
According to a report filed by the school’s newspaper, some 40 women attended
the event which was officially aimed at providing a platform for women who had
been abused and otherwise oppressed by men. However, the event turned into an
open forum for virulent male-bashing.
UNH’s newspaper reported that “Patriarchy Slam” included poetry readings,
skits, and monologues against men. One woman read a saucy poem in which she
articulated the depth of pride she takes in hating men.
Other word creations alluded to castration and many participants wore
scissors around their necks—an obvious ode to the carrying out of the procedure.
At one point the audience lifted up their voices and sang in unison
“lightheartedly about castration,” the newspaper reported.
FAL’s hatred for what it termed a “male-ruled society” was colorfully
affirmed with 10 hanging balloons each adorned with one letter of the word
“patriarchy.” The balloons were popped one at a time throughout the evening to
symbolize the eradication of “male patriarchy.”
Not everyone in attendance affirmed FAL’s fowl message. David Huffman, a
contributor for the university’s conservative publication was the only person to
be ejected from the event. FAL henchwomen gave him the heave-ho during an open
Huffman told the campus newspaper that he arrived at the meeting hoping to
learn more about the genuine problem of female abuse, but left deeply disturbed
by the poisonous rhetoric of “Patriarchy Slam.”
“It was advertised as a public event, nowhere did the posters say ‘Women
Only,'” Huffman said. “They excluded me from a public event based upon my
gender. There were a few other men there who were allowed to stay, but I was
singled out in particular.
“[This] was an evening of man hating. This is no different than any other
extremist organization that…promotes stereotypes…How is this any different
than hating African-Americans or Jews? What I heard last night was not feminism;
it was a hate rally.”
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