There is an effort to henpeck men into being something other than men.
Men are supposed to be men. Masculinity isn’t a bad thing. In fact it can be quite a good thing. Basically the anti-masculinity people are like the people who try to un-gay gay people. If you try to emasculate men you are only going to create suffering which in turn will only hurt society.
But there are some people who so hate men, that they don’t care. And many of these people infect academia – currently.
The Counseling and Mental Health Center at the University of Texas at Austin recently launched a new program to help male students “take control over their gender identity and develop a healthy sense of masculinity.”
Treating masculinity as if it were a mental health crisis, “MasculinUT” is organized by the school’s counseling staff and most recently organized a poster series encouraging students to develop a “healthy model of masculinity.”
The program is predicated on a critique of so-called “restrictive masculinity.” Men, the program argues, suffer when they are told to “act like a man” or when they are encouraged to fulfill traditional gender roles, such as being “successful” or “the breadwinner.”
What terrible things! Achieving and being financially self sufficient. The horror!
I say this as a man who got up in the middle of the night to feed my youngest because my wife had to work the nightshift at a laboratory. I say this as one who drives a minivan and carts his children to and from school. I say this as one who in responsible for dinner every night. I do what I do because that is the arrangement we have at my house. I don’t think of these things as outside of any gender roles. They just need to be done. We have a partnership in my house and my wife and I do what we can to make a good life for our family. This is part of being a man.
Universities that run similar programs, such as UNC-Chapel Hill and Northwestern, have admitted that their programming isn’t supported by any evidence.
You want an ACTUAL mental health crisis? Keep indulging in this politically correct nonsense.