Sunday, October 2, 2016

US university offers course for men to 'deconstruct toxic masculinities'

“Our purpose is twofold: to foster constructive male allyship, and to question and deconstruct toxic masculinities,” the Men’s Project says on its website.

“We also understand how masculinity in its normative form alienates most – if not all – men, and recognise the part normative masculinity plays in alienating men and reproducing violence. 

“We want to deconstruct toxic masculinities to reconstruct healthier, more inclusive notions of masculinity.”

The nine-week course aims to promote “unlearning violence.”

The organisers say: “We want to explore, dissect, and construct an intersectional understanding of masculinity and maleness, as well as to create destabilized spaces for those with privilege.”

Duke’s women centre opened the men’s project in the spring, and since then has held talks by sociologists on “sex, power and violence” and screened films about pornography.

“Duke is an environment where some are rarely made uncomfortable while others are made to bear the weight of their identities on a daily basis - we aim to flip that paradigm,” the organisers say.

The project has been backed by the student newspaper’s editorial board. They insisted it was “not a re-education camp being administered by an oppressed group, in the service of the feminisation of American society.”

And few would argue against there being a problem in certain American universities.

Via Drudge:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/01/us-university-offers-course-for-men-to-deconstruct-toxic-masculi/

3 comments:

Julie Pascal said...

Everything uncomfortable about being a woman is the fault of the patriarchy.

Everything uncomfortable about being a man is the fault of toxic masculinity.

And if you're not actually uncomfortable about being a man, there is something wrong with you that we will fix by destroying toxic masculinity.

Methadras said...

The utter irony lost on these fools, that RMPC is the real toxic ideology here.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

I think that they "should" separate the guys with the toxic masculinity from the ones with non toxic masculinity.

Then...let us women who appreciate a man know where those toxic guys are....so we can date them and not waste time with mama's pajama boys. Separate them into a really nice dinner club with a well stocked bar and good background music. Make them dance, drink and eat dinner with us ladies and who knows maybe be masculine later, in a sort of toxic way, on in the evening elsewhere. That'll show those toxic masculine guys what's what. Eh?