Duke University is offering a classes focused on “constructive male allyship,” where male students are pressed to “question and deconstruct toxic masculinities.”
The nine-week programming is dubbed ‘The Men’s Project’ and is sponsored by the Duke Women’s Center.
According to Duke’s website:
The Duke Men’s Project aims to create a space of brotherhood fellowship dedicated to interrogating male privilege and patriarchy as it exists in our lives, our campus and our society. Our intention is to rework current narratives of masculinity for a healthier alternative; one that is inclusive, equitable and positive.
“Our intention is to rework current narratives of masculinity for a healthier alternative; one that is inclusive, equitable and positive.” reads The Men’s Project Facebook page.
The project has been backed by the student newspaper’s editorial board, who insists the project is “not a re-education camp being administered by an oppressed group, in the service of the feminisation of American society.”
Duke’s women center opened the men’s project in the spring, and it’s goal is to “examine the ways masculinity exists on our campus – often in toxic ways – so we can do the work of unlearning violence.”
“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,” the Men’s Project states.
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