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They’ve ‘declared war on men and masculinity’: GOP lawmaker freaks out over university’s gender class

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Wisconsin Republicans keep finding themselves at war with UW-Madison over courses critical of the institutions of whiteness and masculinity. Just last month, Sen. Steve Nass was up in arms over a course titled, “The Problem with Whiteness.” Now, he finds himself battling one that’s critical of masculinity, Jezebel reports.

Nass wrote an email to Wisconsin legislators about the matter on Wednesday. The subject line read, “UW-Madison Declares War on Men and their Masculinity — Not a Joke,” according to the Associated Press.

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The Wisconsin Senator was definitely not joking:

“Our friends at UW-Madison, not happy enough with labeling ‘whiteness’ as a societal problem, now are attacking another social ill …, Men and their masculinity,” the email says.

“The supposedly underfunded and overworked administrators at our flagship campus have scrapped (sic) together enough dollars to offer a six-week program open only to ‘men-identified students,” the email goes on. “In short, the highly paid leaders at UW-Madison now believe that Wisconsin mothers and fathers have done a poor job of raising their boys by trying to instill in them the values and characteristics necessary in becoming a Man.”

The six-week course Nass refers to is one run by the Men’s Project, titled “Unpacking Masculinity At UW-Madison” and seeks to address the ways “media, hook up culture, alcohol, violence, pop culture” create expectations of masculinity.

According to the program description, “These conversations can help us better understand ourselves and empower men to work as allies to promote gender equity and social justice.”

When the university was under fire for its December course on whiteness, Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf defended students, faculty, and staff, and their rights to free speech.

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The last state budget saw a $250 million cut from the system and a tuition freeze for two more years. According to the AP, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has said that future aid “probably will be linked to performance benchmarks.”


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WATCH: John Oliver exposes Trump’s lies about vote-by-mail — and the Fox News ‘cult’ claiming the election is already ‘rigged’

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"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's main story Sunday refuted President Donald Trump's latest crusade against vote-by-mail. Trump announced on Twitter that the more people who vote in an election, the more Republicans tend to lose. So, he wants fewer people to have access to the ballot in November, even if people are too scared to go out during the coronavirus crisis.

Oliver called out Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO), who outright told people not to vote if they were too afraid to vote in the local elections next week.

"Well, hold on there," Oliver interjected. "Voting is a right. It has to be easy to understand and accessible to anyone."

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John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police

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John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.

It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."

While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."

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Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent

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The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.

The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.

Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.

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