Kenneth Cleaver 

Consumer Correspondent

Kenneth H. Cleaver

P.O. Box 1034

Colorado Springs, CO 80901

February 20, 2004

Ms. Eileen Bresnahan

Chair, Women's Studies Department

Interdisciplinary House

Colorado College

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.

Whadya say?


Kenneth H. Cleaver

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