Robyn Urback: Women should speak first in classrooms, says SMU prof. Really, do the men have to speak at all?

My eyes are on the floor!

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The classroom of progress, according to Saint Mary’s University management professor Judy Haiven, might look something like this:

Professor: “Class, can anyone tell me the three “R’s” of marketing?”

Jenna, Jane and Tommy put up their hands

Professor: “Yes, Jenna?”

Jenna: “I don’t know, but traditional marketing thrives by reinforcing oppressive heteronormative ideals.”

Professor: “Excellent answer, Jenna. Yes, Jane?”

Jane: “Can I go to the bathroom?”

Professor: “Yes, Jane. Anyone else? Sally? Mary —Yes, Tommy, I see your hand — Jessica? Kathy? No? OK, well, l guess you can go ahead, Tommy, but keep your eyes on the floor.”

The future is just so enlightened, isn’t it?

At a panel at Dalhousie University last Thursday, Prof. Haiven shared her method for elevating women’s voices in the classroom. It’s simple: let the ladies go first. Addressing the crowd at the “Forum on Misogyny,” which was formed in response to the…

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