P.O. Box 1034
Colorado Springs, CO 80901
February 20, 2004
Ms. Eileen Bresnahan
Chair, Women's Studies Department
14 East Cache La Poudre Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Dear Ms. Bresnahan:
Time and again, I've heard the following complaint: Men are not supportive of women's issues. Not going to debate the validity of the charge, but merely offer a solution.
Years after realizing our liberal arts degrees were as potent as library cards, my friends and I came up with a new drinking game. We regularly attend feminist events (Take Back The Night, pro-choice fund raiser, Jewel concerts, etc.) and upon hearing the word patriarchy we chug beer. Ditto that for oppression. Any variation on empowered demands a double chug (that's two beers). And finally, when a sentence begins with: As a woman, I feel that , we pound the hard stuff.
Before the event lets out, we stumble home and play a similar game with reality TV programs and variations of the word classy.
Now this might smack of paternalism, but just think about it: Promoting this game will mean more men attending your events where you can overcharge them for liquor and send them on their way before the evening's end. You could make a killing, even from -- or especially from -- conservatives.
Kenneth H. Cleaver
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