13 Nev. L.J. 368 (2012-2013)
White Men as the New Victims: Reverse Discrimination Cases and the Men's Rights Movement

handle is hein.journals/nevlj13 and id is 380 raw text is: WHITE MEN AS THE NEw VICTIMS:
REVERSE DISCRIMINATION CASES AND
THE MEN'S RIGHTS MOVEMENTi
Bethany M. Coston* & Michael Kimmel**
Roy Den Hollander doesn't exactly look like a revolutionary. He's a rea-
sonably good-looking guy-nattily dressed, sort of preppy-corporate, Ivy-
League educated, former New York corporate lawyer. He should be comforta-
ble in his late middle age, approaching retirement at the top end of the Top One
Percent. And yet Den Hollander is incensed, furious at the ways that men like
him-upper-class white men-are the victims of a massive amount of discrimi-
nation . . . as white men. In this self-styled revolutionary, the legions of
oppressed men have found their champion.2
Men's oppression is not an accident, Den Hollander says. It's the result of
a concerted campaign against men by furious feminists and their allies, a sort of
crazed feminist version of Girls Gone Wild-more like Feminazis Gone
Furious. And they're winning. Roy Den Hollander casts himself as one of the
few who is standing up to them, or at least trying to. He suffers, he says, from
PMS: persecuted male syndrome.' As he told a reporter, the Feminazis have
infiltrated institutions, and there's been a transfer of rights from guys to girls.'
A corporate attorney by training, Den Hollander has refashioned himself a
civil rights champion, fighting in court for the rights of men that are being
trampled by the feminist juggernaut. (And this rebranding has brought him lots
of fame-he's been profiled in heaps of media, including a very funny and self-
mocking takedown on the Colbert Report'-even if he's had no legal success
at all.)
Over the past decade, Den Hollander has filed three different lawsuits,
each of which has had multiple iterations as appeals. Taken together, they form
a trinity of issues raised by the angry middle-class white guys who march under
the banner for Men's Rights.' In his own words,
' Some of this material is taken from a chapter about the men's rights movement in
Kimmel's forthcoming book, ANGRY WHITE MEN (forthcoming, New York: Nation Books,
2013).
Sociology Department, SUNY at Stony Brook University.
Distinguished Professor, Sociology Department, SUNY at Stony Brook University.
2 E-mail from Roy Den Hollander, Men's Rights Activist to Michael Kimmel, Professor of
Sociology, Stony Brook University (Sept. 6, 2011) (on file with author).
The Colbert Report: Difference Makers Roy Den Hollander (Comedy Central television
broadcast Mar. 31, 2011), available at http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-
videos/379605/march-31-201 1/difference-makers--roy-den-hollander.
' Lauren Collins, On the Docket: Hey, La-a-a-dies!, NEW YORKER, Aug. 6, 2007, at 22.
The Colbert Report: Difference Makers-Roy Den Hollander, supra note 3.
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