As a place where thousands and thousands of students are educated, as well as being the heart of a city, Otago University has a responsibility to discourage the spread of bigotry by those in its own ranks. As such, they need to ensure that Rex Ahdar’s disgusting display of homophobia is not left unpunished.
Not only is Rex Ahdar’s ‘opinion piece’ offensive and derogatory, it is also rife with misinformation and statements with zero scientific support (for example, “They [gay couples] lack the inherent structure to rear well-rounded, psychologically secure children.”. I, personally, would be horrified to be taught at a prestigious university by someone who is so clouded by his own bigotry that he would write such an illogical, nonsensical and oppressive piece to a national newspaper.
"Not being racist is not some default starting position. You don’t simply get to say you’re not a racist; not being racist — or a sexist or a homophobe — is a constant, arduous process of unlearning, of being uncomfortable, of eating crow and being humbled and re-evaluating. It’s probably hard to start that process if you’ve been told that every thought you have is golden and should be given voice, and that people who are offended by what you say are hypersensitive simpletons."
"We were discussing homosexuality because of an allusion to it in the book we were reading, and several boys made comments such as, “That’s disgusting.” We got into the debate and eventually a boy admitted that he was terrified/disgusted when he was once sharing a taxi and the other male passenger made a pass at him.The lightbulb went off. “Oh,” I said. “I get it. See, you are afraid, because for the first time in your life you have found yourself a victim of unwanted sexual advances by someone who has the physical ability to use force against you.” The boy nodded and shuddered visibly.“But,” I continued. “As a woman, you learn to live with that from the time you are fourteen, and it never stops. We live with that fear every day of our lives. Every man walking through the parking garage the same time you are is either just a harmless stranger or a potential rapist. Every time.”The girls in the room nodded, agreeing. The boys seemed genuinely shocked. “So think about that the next time you hit on a girl. Maybe, like you in the taxi, she doesn’t actually want you to."
This. Is. Fucking. Brilliant. I showed it to my boyfriend (as we are both very interested in social justice etc) and he said, “Holy Shit. I never thought about it that way before. Holy shit, that is a perfect explanation. I totally get it now. Like I’ve had that fear, (not in an actual situation) of a male unwanted sexual advance, and not being able to make it stop, but I just got over it. BUT now I’ve seen it compared to what women get all the time, holy fuck.”
Please go to this page and click “Flag as Inappropriate”: this is an appalling abuse of a fantastic petition website. Get this petition removed to send a message to this sexist, homophobic douchenozzle.