Wisconsin Senator Steve Nass is not down for academics discussing masculinity, declaring that a new University of Wisconsin-Madison course called the Men’s Project is a “war on guys.” The six-week program (open only to male-identifying students) examines masculinity and how it plays into pop culture, media, sexuality, relationships, and violence. In an e-mail to other state lawmakers, Nass claimed the school was part of a liberal effort to rid students of “toxic masculinity” and known as for the state to give less money to the college.
The entirely critical e-mail stated in the topic line, “UW-Madison Declares War on Men and their Masculinity — Not a Joke,” in case any individual thought this was a laughing matter. “The supposedly underfunded and overworked administrators at our flagship campus have scrapped [sic] together sufficient dollars to supply a six-week system open only to ‘men-identified students,” the e mail study, according to the Related Press. “In quick, the very paid leaders at UW-Madison now think that Wisconsin mothers and fathers have carried out a poor job of raising their boys by attempting to instill in them the values and qualities necessary in becoming a Man.” He also asked his colleagues to adjust how a lot income goes to UW in the subsequent state price range.
Unsurprisingly, the very same white man livid about discussions on masculinity was also mad UW-Madison started a class titled “The Dilemma of Whiteness.” He and yet another conservative white man asked that UW be cut from the budget since of that class just 3 weeks ago. “Our pals at UW-Madison, not satisfied sufficient with labeling ‘whiteness’ as a societal issue, now are attacking another social ill …, Males and their masculinity,” the most recent email scathed. Do not be concerned fellas, no one’s forcing you to attend these classes, although you could certainly stand to be schooled on the issues.
The Men’s Project’s site explains that it’s based off a similar initiative at Washington University in St. Louis. It’s set up to be far more of a cohort than a class, allowing the male students to create a community, starting with an more than-evening retreat. “Unfortunately, college men do not frequently get the opportunity to talk about messages about masculinity and how these messages have impacted them and our communities,” the web site says. “A collective of UW-Madison colleagues wanted to explore how masculinity shows up on our campus. They came with each other to form the Males and Masculinities Initiative, their first course of action is initiating the Men’s Project at UW-Madison.”
It also states that speaking about issues surrounding masculinity will help men “work as allies to market gender equity and social justice,” so naturally old, white males in energy are opposed.