Karen Straughan (Girl Writes What) Live at Ryerson University – raw!

We believe Steve Brulé intends to edit this footage to improve sound, edit out irrelevant parts like crowd noise and setup, but this was a fantastic event and we wanted to make sure everybody could see it. When and if an edited version is made available we will also point that. In the meantime, we suggest skipping about the first 17 minutes as it’s little but crowd noise and people talking about setup:

If you are wanting to skip straight to Karen’s presendation, skip to about the 33 minute mark.

Congratulations to the Canadian Association for Equality for fighting the good fight and winning against closed-minded reactionaries and censorship.

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  • James Williams

    It was a fabulous event. I noticed how the feminist questioners tend to make statements using the same old broken arguments. They have nothing logical to offer to a dialogue. One of the male fem stated his position (sort of question) then turned and left without waiting for a reply. It showed him to be exactly what we’ve come to expect of feminists – dogmatic, rigid-minded, and fascistic.

    • http://www.imnotamensrightsactivistbut.wordpress.com Isaac T. Quill

      James, You missed “incompetent” as well as “unable to produce coherency”…. and thanks for clarifying that Rodney Diverlus was in the audience. P^)

      He’s been low profile since he stopped being Executive of Ryerson SU. He’s still so proud of his actions to deny that the word Misandry existed and had it written in 6 foot high letters in the rule book for the Student Union.

      His Favourite Quote: which now comes served piping hot with lashings of apologetic custard to cover his egocentric and less than humble pie:

      We know that oppression and the marginalization of men is something that doesn’t exist just like the oppression and marginalization of straight people or white folks in our society.

      RSU rejects men’s group on campus – March 20, 2013

      It seems that he should have studied harder and realised that the UNIVERSITY would not agree with him.

      What a difference 10 months, 18 days can make in the world of Student Politics as well as The Real World.

      I’ve also noted that someone over at RyersonSU went playing with the website and SEO in February 2013, so there is an oddity when you put the name “Rodney Diverlus” into google. It seems that the dumb machines still believe he is the executive of RSU, long after he’s history. I’m sure that someone with the necessary skills can get this Faux Pas sorted soon … and if not someone can always take a class and find out how to rectify the errors created by others and even incompetents of the past.

  • Laddition

    Watching it now from Youtube. Congrats to all involved.

  • http://www.imnotamensrightsactivistbut.wordpress.com Isaac T. Quill

    What? No Fire Alarms – No Screamin Red Heads – no even a single chant built with ignorance and bad rhymes?

    I’m shocked that The Ryerson Students have let the side down so baldly and failed to keep the debate going. P^)

    • James Williams

      The lack of protesting is probably a final dawning that CAFE and men’s issues are not going to be silenced.

      The SUs have brought the world’s attention to their thuggish extremism. I would imagine that their behaviour has been noted by neutral students who have been put off by their illogical standpoint over suppression of fredom of speech. There are a lot of things going on that happen behind the scene that we never get to hear about.

      All I know is that if I had seen one of my kids behaving the way the SU louts were I would be considering withdrawing my financial support for them. I don’t mind them protesting about things, but I would not approve of them acting like criminals and trying to shut down legitimate discourse..

      • http://www.imnotamensrightsactivistbut.wordpress.com Isaac T. Quill

        if I had seen one of my kids behaving the way the SU louts were I would be considering withdrawing….

        Only Considering? I’d be pulling out and demanding me money back with interests and penalty charges! …but then I’m atypical as a socialist and do believe in fiscal responsibility as well as culling the herd when necessary!

        • James Williams

          Firstly, my kids would not behave that way, so I am speaking hypothetically. All of them are anti-fems so it aint going to happen.

          Yes, consider because I would be talking about their education and future. Before taking that from them I would give them the opportunity to amend their behaviour.

          Taking your stance, you would not get any interest from them because they have little money to take off them. You would also be writing off the investment that you had committed to them. Maybe you can afford to write off several thousands, but I cannot.

    • Duke

      I looked around and didn’t see “Big Red” anywhere in the video???

  • Bombay

    When Karen started to talk about men being obsolete, it was difficult to keep Rod Serling out of my obsolete brain.

    Rod addressed these Feminists back in 1961 where “In a future totalitarian society, a librarian is declared obsolete and sentenced to death. ”

    Full episode:

    “”You walk into this room at your own risk, because it leads to the future; not a future that will be, but one that might be. This is not a new world: It is simply an extension of what began in the old one. It has patterned itself after every dictator who has ever planted the ripping imprint of a boot on the pages of history since the beginning of time. It has refinements, technological advances, and a more sophisticated approach to the destruction of human freedom. But like every one of the super states that preceded it, it has one iron rule: Logic is an enemy, and truth is a menace.”

    • Caprizchka

      All who defy the thought police are hereby obsolete. I’m going to go share that Twilight Zone episode.

  • napocapo69

    Really a great event and an amazing performance by Karen. But those Cafè guys rock.

    Just a personal message to that girl, self-declaring as a feminist, who has taken the word at 1 hour and 38 minutes of the Karen speech. I’ve found her really motivated by good intentions and sincerely into “feminism” for the drive to do something for others, so she has all my simpathy.

    Dear young woman, as pointed out by Karen you can do anything that moves you into activism without wearing the feminism clothes. Being a feminist means to believe in the patriarchy theory, into the male priviledge and, saddly, into the tale of men oppressing women, that quite frankly means dehumanizing men.

    Being a feminist 60 years ago had a sense, and some grievance could also be understood, but today you have to look at the facts, what feminism has done against men, in all fields (family, work, education, even health) and aks yourself why leading feminist are all people of power, in media and politics.

    Feminism is not a bottom up activism, but a top down doctrine, become, naturally, a totalitarian ideology.

  • http://www.deanesmay.com Dean Esmay

    Alert! Steve Brule has released a MUCH IMPROVED version of the Q&A session with feminists and Ryerson Student Union folks that Karen gave after her speech:

    • JinnBottle

      Dean – A pretty accurate allegory, but it’s the feminists who scream catty sounds when Karen takes them on.

  • Duke

    lookin good up there Karen, ur a natural at this stage / lecture thing.

    • Duke

      If one University lets you speak at their college, it will make it easier to get future University speaking engagements.

    • hatredisfoolish

      I agree. I work as a voice coach and comparing this appearance to her apprearance at the Libertarian conference in NY has shown me what a vocal force she truly is. Her presence, confidence, and focus are growing stronger all the time. Her command of rhetoric is also formidable: never florid; ever to the point. And such energy!

      Thank you, Karen. This is outstanding.

  • crydiego

    To see you up there was such a pleasure. You may have to give up the kitchen for podiums. I will miss the domestic background but we all must grow.

    • rayc2

      “To see you up there was such a pleasure. You may have to give up the kitchen for podiums. I will miss the domestic background but we all must grow.”

      Still….I hope somebody at least made her a sammich.

      • crydiego

        Karen should be given the prestigious “Sammich Medal of Honor.” It would include a Sammich medal, a Certificate of Merit, a Fem-Speak decoder ring, and of course a free dinner for her and a friend at any sammich shop in the world.

        Two small things: I wish everyone would have been more quite and let Karen do all the answering when feminist were asking questions and if you come up to talk to her afterward, -show a smile.

  • dubs

    Very smooth and professional.

    I thought Karen would be the only shining star, but the moderators and participants were excellent.

    Just a 10/10 event all around.


  • rayc2

    Great presentation by Karen. I’m not sure why she described herself as an extreme radical though, because I just don’t see it? The world would be a better place if more people were as thoughtful, rational, and reasonable as she is IMO.

    • Fredrik

      IIRC, she was either clarifying that her anti-feminism was not representative of CAFE (which I believe takes a neutral stance), or driving home her point that just because a feminist looks harmless and speaks calmly doesn’t make their views uncontroversial.

      • rayc2

        “IIRC, she was either clarifying that her anti-feminism was not representative of CAFE (which I believe takes a neutral stance)…..”

        Yes, maybe that’s it.

        I like how Karen didn’t compromise when she said that when you have position A and position B, it doesn’t automatically follow that the ‘moderate’ is someone who falls in the middle.

        I hope that a lot of those people who have been seduced / suckered by feminist ideology wake up soon from their stupor and wonder to themselves, “what the HELL was I thinking!?”

    • tallwheel

      I see it. Just imagine if she was a man and said all the same things. I think she would be considered pretty radical, even by some MRA’s. She’s nearly on Barbarossa levels with her thinking sometimes in my opinion.

  • aecgh

    A fantastic event. Karen was superb, as always. Very well done.

  • Iconoclast Dynamite

    Goddamn! Karen kicked some major ass up there. I especially love her response to the ridiculous fembot that appears at the 1:20:30 mark: “Being skeptical is not rape apology.” Golden.

    And my “deepest sympathies” for being ousted from The Sisterhood Inc., Naomi. LOL

  • JinnBottle

    Karen – You were admirable up there in so many ways; but I think I’m proudest of you for *staying with the ship* when you were 4 agonizing minutes late for your plane. I guess I don’t have to tell you that life will do a lot of those sleights-of-hand now that you’re up to big things.

    Also proud that you kept Reyerson in your critical eye and didn’t fawn on them for doing the minimally decent thing. Deeply impressed.

    And thanx.