There’s a conscious purpose to this sort of behavior. Joking about getting beaten up (or putting on the football helmet) sends a message to young women in the classroom: "Tone it down. Take care of the men and their feelings. Don’t scare them off, because too much impassioned feminism is scary for guys."
Read the whole thing here: Words Are Not Fists by Hugo Schwyzer
Two things struck me about this post. First, that disabling women's rage toward man-based injustices is an effective means of preventing those issues from being explored thoroughly, as well as a smooth means of preventing some very hasty words being spoken. Impassioned people are very common culprits of overstating things in their rush to get it all out before they explode. The passion is real; the words may not actually be directly relevant! Second... this post is so circumspect that I find myself wondering if the author is still fearful, even as he endorses courage under fire.
I wonder what exactly happened, the day he woke up and thought, my god, we're all so cowardly! Props for having actually written the whole thing out, though. Even if he does innocently pretend that men aren't ever victims of female hate crimes.