University Facing Backlash For Offering ‘Angry White Male Studies’ Course


At a time when our country is being driven apart by politically motivated negative rhetoric, a university thought it necessary to offer a course called ‘Angry White Male Studies’ for the Fall 2019 semester.

I would like to see the research to substantiate the need for a course that segregates white males needing to be studied for anger management issues.

According to the University of Kansas website, the course will discuss “the rise of the ‘angry white male’ in America and Britain since the 1950s.” The description noted the course will dive into emotional states of the white man and what manifests the anger.

On its website, the university provides a synopsis of Humanities 365, better known as “Angry White Male Studies.”

“This course charts the rise of the “angry white male” in America and Britain since the 1950s, exploring the deeper sources of this emotional state while evaluating recent manifestations of male anger,” the university says. “Employing interdisciplinary perspectives this course examines how both dominant and subordinate masculinities are represented and experienced in cultures undergoing periods of rapid change connected to modernity as well as to rights-based movements of women, people of color, homosexuals and trans individuals.”

The classes will also talk about the dominate and subordinate masculinity roles.

At least one Kansas congressman is speaking out about the university offering the course. Representatives Ron Estes posted a comment on twitter saying in part,

“Instead of a course to unite people and empower women, KU has decided to offer a class that divides the student population and could pose a title nine violation by creating a hostile campus environment based on gender.”

Senator Estes is not the only one upset about the course, white males were quick to “manifest their anger” on Twitter.

Satisfying requirements for both the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies department and the Humanities department, the class is taught by Christopher Forth, whose curriculum vitae includes co-editing “Fat: Culture and Materiality” and penning several other articles on corpulence for academic journals, as well as the book “Masculinity in the Modern West: Gender, Civilization and the Body.” Forth, incidentally, is a white male.