On campus, toxic masculinity is often blamed for sexual violence, body shaming, a “hyper-masculinized sporting culture,” acts of domestic terrorism and much more.
“How has the concept of masculinity contributed to the perpetration of violence in our society?” asks the UNC Men’s Project website.
Duke University started a program this semester for male students to reflect on topics such as patriarchy, male privilege, rape culture, pornography, machismo and “the language of dominance,” Fox News reported.
At a mandatory freshmen orientation training at Gettysburg College in August, male students had to watch a documentary which stated in part that the “three most destructive words” a boy can hear growing up is “be a man.”
The “Thrive” club, part of the Claremont colleges consortium which meets as a “safe space” to talk about mental health, advertises that “masculinity can be extremely toxic to our mental health, both to the people who are pressured to preform it and the people who are inevitably influenced by it.”
Women, of course, are never taught to self-criticize or self-examine, for they are blameless, holy creatures, who are never wrong. And because women are never in error, any setback or disappointment ever suffered by any woman anywhere is entirely the fault of The Patriarchy, unless her name is Sarah Palin (who doesn’t count because she’s a Republican who didn’t abort her Down’s Syndrome baby).
Maybe men will be better off if fewer of us go to college and opt for trade school. We will learn actual skills, be employable, and not saddled with a mortgage worth of debt.