A student has filed a proposal for the creation of a part time Men’s Officer position at YUSU, York Vision can exclusively reveal.
The student, third year Johannes Huber, has said he wished to see “a moderate middle ground solution to a lot of the issues which have been raised last week.”
He said: “Unlike some individuals, I do not believe men are oppressed or need liberation.
“However, it is quite difficult to deny that there are areas where men are underrepresented and not heard.”
In his policy proposal, Huber describes the would-be-officer’s main role as being “in charge of identifying issues affecting male students.”
The proposal continues: “Once identified, he will determine ways to address these issues, and work with other YUSU officers when these issues affect their constituencies as well.”
Under the current system, students can submit YUSU policy alterations to a review group, after which the idea can go to referendum if the idea is successful.
Huber has expressed his commitment to make the proposal “apolitical”, calling it a “constitutional argument.”
He references YUSU By-Law 3 section 25.3 which says: “To find out the views and needs of the students they represent and promote them within the Union and to external bodies as appropriate.”
“Every part time officer has this duty, to investigate the issues of their constituency and to find ways to address them…there is currently no one to do this for men,” Huber said.
“Of course the majority of YUSU officers are male,” he adds, “but it is in none of their purview’s to actively find and address issues affecting the male part of the student body.”
Huber claims more a than a dozen people have agreed with his idea after discussing it with them.
The proposals come in wake of the controversy sparked by the University’s decision to not mark International Men’s day on November 16.