The Women’s Center is launching a new initiative focused on redefining masculinity for Duke men.
The Duke Men’s Project is a nine-week long, storytelling-based program starting Wednesday that aims to discuss masculinity, feminism and intersectionality. It hopes to “create a space of brotherhood fellowship dedicated to interrogating male privilege and patriarchy,” according to its Facebook page. …
The program consists of a nine-week curriculum in which a group of male-identified students meet weekly to discuss themes and learning objectives planned by the leadership team, [leadership team member Dipro] Bhowmik explained.
“[The goal of the initiative is to] critique and analyze their own masculinity and toxic masculinities to then create healthier ones,” he said.
Toxic masculinities must be the ones that are actually masculine.
The sessions will cover a wide range of topics including male privilege, masculinity and the language of dominance, sexuality and gender diversity as well as intersectional feminism.
Naturally, the student paper loves it:
The Men’s Project is novel because it provides males a space (a safe space even) in which they can discuss their own gender. It is not a reeducation camp being administered by an oppressed group in the service of the feminization of American society, but rather a space by men and for men.
But launched by the Women’s Center.
Some aspects of manhood and masculinity, like any other identity characteristic, are difficult to talk about in mixed company: opportunities for awkward misunderstandings abound.
Not that women are excluded. The project is for “male-identified students.” Woman who feel themselves to be men are sure to be welcome.
The Men’s Project provides a home for those kinds of discussions, along with a place for males to ask any questions about feminism, gender and intersectionality that they have always wanted to ask, but would have been embarrassed to in a different setting. Among other men in a space like this, there is no threat of judgment.
Unless of course someone says something politically incorrect. But there isn’t much chance of that in a moonbat echo chamber like Duke provides.
On tips from Dean D and Steve A.