College to Host Workshop on the ‘Violence of Gender Roles’
“part of a ‘Conversation on Justice’ initiative”
Do you ever get the feeling that gender studies departments are driving much of the agenda in higher education?
Campus Reform reports:
Masculinity mayhem? Fla. college tackles ‘violence of gender roles’
An Orlando, Fla. college recently announced a workshop predicated on spreading awareness about “The Visible and Invisible Violence of Gender Roles” as a part of a “Conversation on Justice” initiative.
According to a flyer published by Valencia College, “the workshop will use theater games and other artistic languages to explore the visible and invisible violence generated by gender roles and by ideas about masculinity and femininity.” The workshop, a collaboration of the college and the Peace and Justice Institute, is not only meant to inspire “reflection and dialogue” among its participants, but also calls for them to imagine a “nonviolent gender approach.”
The event will occur just weeks after the American Psychological Association released guidelines challenging one particular gender role, specifically men who demonstrate “traditional masculinity,” which the APA called “harmful.”
“The main thrust of the subsequent research is that traditional masculinity – marked by stoicism, competitiveness, dominance, and aggression – is, on the whole, harmful,” the guidelines read, according to Fox News.
In December, Campus Reform reported that Lawrence University social sciences professor Peter Glick will speak this spring at the University of Michigan. Glick co-authored an article, titled “How Masculinity Contests Undermine Organizations, and What to Do About It,” which claimed that masculinity can lead men to act “aggressively.”
“The need to repeatedly prove manhood can lead men to behave aggressively, take unwarranted risks, work extreme hours, engage in cut-throat competition, and sexually harass women (or other men), especially when they feel a masculinity threat,” the article stated.
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I met Peter 40 years ago as a freshman in Burton Dorm, and he is still clinging to the “Revenge of the Nerds” strategy to try and get laid.