In an answer to another question, a user mentioned "rampant anti-male bigotry in academia". This sounds strange to me; I am a male and in academia (mathematics), and have observed no such bigotry. In fact, I see plenty of males in positions of high authority (full professors, rectors, etc.), and the two sexual harassment cases with which I am somewhat familiar both targeted non-male researchers. So, given what I have experienced and what I know, the claim sounds implausible.

But maybe (as in much of feminist literature) there is some kind of structural issue that might be hard to see for someone who is part of the system.

Since this issue is likely to be controversial, please cite reliable sources for any factual claims in your answer.

That given: Is there "anti-male bigotry" in academia? If yes, how precisely does it affect a male researcher?

Related: How is sexism unknowingly perpetrated in academia?

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    People on the internet say a lot of things. It's a waste of time to follow up on random claims made by disgruntled anonymous users, especially if they are counter-intuitive and lack references to facts. You are just falling for provocation and (involuntarily) contribute to derailing the conversation. Please, dont feed the trolls. – henning -- reinstate Monica Feb 27 '18 at 14:48
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    I can already hear the stampede of people with an opinion trampling across the gate called "hot network questions". – henning -- reinstate Monica Feb 27 '18 at 14:57
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    @TommiBrander Hoping for a decisive answer is futile. The only people who believe that there is "rampant anti-male bigotry" will not be swayed by evidence. – MJeffryes Feb 27 '18 at 15:32
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    The question is also worded in such a way that any answer will be deformed and attacked by ill-intentioned people. You could point that men get promoted more often and more easily, win more grants, win bigger grants, blahblahblah, and trolls will still manage to move the goalposts and say it's not the kind of "bigotry" they were talking about, they were asking about, I don't know, harassment. Then you would answer with facts about harassment, and they would claim they were asking about something else. It's just not worth it. – user9646 Feb 27 '18 at 16:04
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    I would ask for the question to be more specific. Most men in academia will agree that no such bigotry exists, but to prove the non-existence of something with precise sources will not work. So, specifically, what is the question? Is there "rampant anti-male bias in tenure and promotion decisions"? This is a testable hypothesis and easily falsified. Is the "rampant anti-male bias in graduate school admissions"? This is also testable and easily falsified. In other words, be specific in how you define "bigotry" and its specific effects. – Wolfgang Bangerth Feb 27 '18 at 17:25

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