I’ve been speaking for 42 years and only experienced one protest. That was a handful of protestors outside of Town Hall after Simon & Schuster published The Myth of Male Power (1993). That all changed on Friday. I got some hints of it weeks before my presentation, when I was told that feminists associated with the Socialist Workers Party at the University of Toronto were defacing posters announcing my presentation on Boys to Men: Transforming the Boy Crisis into our Sons’ Opportunities. I soon heard that defacing was replaced by the posters being torn down within two hours of their being put up. Since the organization sponsoring me was putting up a lot of posters in a lot of places, I knew they were well organized. However, the Canadian Association for Equality, the sponsoring organization, put up multiple rounds of posters. They briefed me that in the past, when there was such resistance to one of their speakers, and a demonstration was suggested, the number of protestors showing up was usually somewhere between zero and three. So I was surprised when approximately 100 protestors showed up. I wasn’t bothered by this until they started blocking the door and physically preventing people from entering. The campus police did not have the authority to physically remove the protestors blocking the entranceway. They ultimately called in the Toronto Police. Some twenty police officers came on horseback and bicycle and eventually moved the protestors away from blocking the door.
Media came pouring out of the woodwork, but almost nothing appeared in the press, and what did appear focused only on the conflict. Therefore, I thought I would do a Google Hangout to share the substance of what I addressed at the University of Toronto’s presentation, Boys to Men: Transforming the Boy Crisis into our Sons’ Opportunity on November 16, 2012.