A letter from Edward M. Stephens MD, founder of the Foundation for Male Studies

Dear Friends of Male Studies,


I hope this message finds you in good health.


Title IX, a federal provision that prohibits schools that receive federal funding from discriminating on the basis of sex, has become a hot topic this past year. However many feel that by funding “women’s only” scholarships and programs, universities are discriminating against men.


It is our opinion that women’s programs do not have to be stopped, it is only that those opportunities should be available to female and male. Women do not need to receive less benefits and support than they have been up to now. The Foundation believes that no person should suffer or be at a disadvantage as a by-product of programs not being presented equally.


With the financial help of our supporters, here is a summary of what has been going on in 2018 - inspired by and supported by the Foundation for Male Studies:


  • In British Columbia, Franz-Edward Kurtzke, has brought several legal challenges against the University of British Columbia and their unequal support for women, at a disadvantage for men. The goal is equality for both sexes. Mr. Kurtzke, with a scholarship from FMS, has been fighting to make programs and courses equally available to both males and females.


  • Over the past 15 months, Kursat Christoff Pekgoz, 31, a doctoral student in English literature at the University of Southern California, has filed federal Title IX complaints against three universities, and drafted complaints against three more, alleging that efforts to support female students alone are no longer necessary and amount to discrimination against male students. FMS is financially supporting his efforts.


  • This year, there were other challenges brought against institutions including Tulane, Princeton, Yale, Stanford and University of Southern California, as many of their offerings virtually explode reverse discrimination - against their male students.


  • Mark Perry, a University of Michigan-Flint finance professor, has filed dozens of Title IX complaints with university Title IX offices.


  • Discrimination against men has been an active subject in the news media as well - reports on NBC Nightly News and CNN - tackling discrimination against men (see the video above).


  • The subject of men being ignored in schools, men falling behind, high suicide rates among men, disparate incarceration rates and early deaths among males - has been an ongoing topic reported by Tucker Carlson on Fox & Friends.


  • Men's rights activists are attacking women's scholarships and programs in many places, and the Department of Education is starting to listen.


  • The Foundation for Male Studies has been actively seeking grants for getting Male Studies into schools throughout the country, has participated in online interviews and has invested in Social Media advertising and boosts to reach more people.


We still have a lot of work to do, as these statistics continue today:


  • The highest rate of suicide in the United States for males of all ages.


  • Over nine times the number of males, as opposed to females, are in state and federal prisons, according to the Pew Center on the States.


  • Men accounted for the overwhelming majority of the US jobs lost in economic downturns.


  • Boys and men at all levels are at a disadvantage in today’s educational systems.


Please help us with a tax-deductible donation for 2018.


The Foundation’s plans moving forward into 2019:


  • We are working on the Chronicle of Male Studies as a vehicle to invite proposals for courses, programs and education initiatives in our schools and universities.


  • We will continue to place Facebook, Instagram and Twitter posts and ads to create awareness.


  • We will continue to support cases against Title IX reverse discrimination wherever possible.


  • We will conduct and participate in conferences, webinars, social media and broadcast interviews.


  • We will continue to challenge misandry at every level and location possible, for the sake of our sons, brothers, fathers, uncles, husbands and our friends.


Thank you for your support.


Edward M. Stephens, MD

Chair, Foundation for Male Studies