Durham, North Carolina
US university offers course for men to ‘deconstruct toxic masculinities’
A university in the United States has begun offering classes in “constructive male allyship,” providing a space where male students are able to “question and deconstruct toxic masculinities.”
Duke University, based in the city of Durham, North Carolina, held its first Learning Community session last week. The women’s centre has organised a nine-week series of seminars, as part of the Duke Men’s Project.
And, with sexual harassment and sexism remaining hot topics on American university campuses, the university has created the seminar series under the banner of the Men’s Project.
“Our purpose is twofold: to foster constructive male allyship, and to question and deconstruct toxic masculinities,” the Men’s Project says on its website.
“We also understand how masculinity in its normative form alienates most – if not all – men, and recognise the part normative masculinity plays in alienating men and reproducing violence.
“We want to deconstruct toxic masculinities to reconstruct healthier, more inclusive notions of masculinity.”
A version of masculinity where men have no desire to have sex with women, thereby making the gals’ middle-aged fathers very very happy.
Until I’m convinced otherwise, I’m riding that hobby horse all the way across the continent.
Somehow, I get the feeling that black men who are scholarship football and basketball athletes at Duke won’t be expected to take this course.
Speaking of men not having sex, illicit or otherwise, and Duke, have any of the Gang of 88 Liars ever been disciplined?