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If the University of Arizona can have a Women’s Resource Center, then University of Chicago men are entitled to Men in Power, a student organization that promises to help men get ahead professionally.

Sharlene Holly, associate dean of students and the director of student activities, said the University of Chicago has approximately nine women’s advocacy groups on campus; this group would be the first male advocacy group.

But of course, there is dissent:

The group’s emergence has been controversial, with some critics charging that its premise is misogynistic.

Jessica Pan, president of Women in Business and a fourth-year student, questioned whether Men in Power’s goals were being met by existing student groups.

“I’m not sure we really need another student organization that focuses on pre-professional development for men,” Pan said, noting that, in just the area of business, there were five or six students groups that were gender-neutral.

Guess what? Gender-neutral is not synonymous to sexist.

More power to these men. They welcome women to this group, so what’s the problem?