“I felt anxiety; I didn’t expect it would be all women and it was a small classroom and about 40 women were sort of sitting in a semicircle and the thought of spending two hours every week sitting there for the next four months was overwhelming.”
Last month, York University came under criticism for its attempts to accommodate a student who asked to be excused, on religious grounds, from doing group work with women. Twenty-year-old Wongene Daniel Kim went one better: according to the Star, the University of Toronto student took his school to the Human Rights Tribunal in an attempt to get himself exempted from attending a class in which he was the only male, simply because all the women were too scary for him. His complaint was dismissed. The class? Women and Gender Studies.