Liberal University Offering Program On The Negative Effects Of Masculinity

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has gained public attention quite a bit in recent years for the liberal agenda it promotes.

About two weeks ago, we at DML reported on the backlash the school has faced over their “Problem Of Whiteness” course it will be teaching in the Spring 2017 semester. We are now here to report that the school is currently taking applications for it’s “Men’s Project,” a program designed to “promote gender equity and social justice.”

According to the Men’s Project Facebook page, this is a 6-week program that “creates a space for critical self-reflection and dialogue about what it means to be a man and how masculinity impacts us and those around us.”

“The experience focuses on the examination of societal images, expectations, and messages around masculinity to empower men to better understand themselves, promote the advancement of gender equity, and raise consciousness in their communities,” the page adds.

Topics included in this program are media and pop culture, vulnerability, sexuality, hook-up culture, alcohol, relationships, and violence.

The College Fix talked to the University of Wisconsin-Madison director of news and media relations, Meredith McGlone, who said the project “serves an important purpose” because “masculinity can effect male students in a negative way.”

“Recent research suggests college campuses have not effectively addressed [male students’] needs,” she stated. “Research also indicates that expectations around masculinity impact the way in which men experience college.”

McGlone suggested typical understandings of masculinity can effect male students in a negative way.

“These expectations influence the decisions men make about friendships; spending time outside of class; careers or academic majors; and sexual and romantic relationships. Men are socialized to believe they need to act a certain way to be accepted as ‘masculine’ or have what it takes to be a man,” she told The Fix.

“This can lead to self-destructive behaviors that impair their ability to complete their education,” she continued. “Research indicates that young men are less likely to enroll in and graduate from college, less likely to seek help from campus resources and more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as abusing drugs and alcohol. Research also indicates that programs such as the Men’s Project can counter these negative trends and support college men in their educational experience.”

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