C.E. Dyer has yet another example of how our universities (in this case a public university that takes taxpayer funds) have become little more than liberal indoctrination factories. At The University of Wisconsin-Madison, a “Men’s Project” program has entered its second year in an effort to promote “gender equity,” which is little more than Leftist code for indoctrination against men.
The College Fix reported:
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is currently taking applications for its “Men’s Project,” a six-week program that aims to counter the alleged harmful effects of society’s masculinity paradigms and pressures and empower participants to promote “gender equity.”
It’s open only to “men-identified students” at the public university and “operates on a transformative model of social justice allyship,” according to a news release on the university’s website, which adds “by encouraging that kind of dialogue among a men-identified cohort, the goal is to create a sense of security in vulnerability throughout the six-week program.”
Participants will begin the project with a weekend retreat in February and continue meeting weekly, discussing topics such as media and pop culture, vulnerability, sexuality, hook-up culture, alcohol, relationships and violence.
The program is now in its second year and was most recently offered in fall 2016, according to its Facebook page.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is not the only university offering such a program. Many other campuses, both public and private across the nation, now offer programs, trainings, guest lectures and other educational techniques that seek to purge male students of their so-called toxic masculinity.
In their promotion of the program, the organizers stated: “Men’s Project 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 organizers added.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison director of news and media relations, Meredith McGlone, discussed the program in an email to The College Fix.
“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 explained that certain “expectations” can be harmful to male students:
“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.”
“This can lead to self-destructive behaviors that impair their ability to complete their education,” McGlone 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,” McGlone added.
The program was not spurred on by any specific incidences at the school, according to McGlone.
It’s interesting, liberal feminists have told women for years that they essentially need to become men in an effort to gain equality — without all the responsibilities and downsides, of course — yet when it comes to men, the Left tells them to shed their masculinity.
There are undoubtedly some stereotypes of masculinity that are destructive for men — quite a few that stem from the deteriorating moral fabric of society, mind you. That said, given the Left’s track record, it’s highly unlikely that this is about “equity” for men, but rather, telling men that masculinity is a bad thing and letting them know that they are to blame for everything and allowed to take pride in nothing.
Such is “male privilege.”