The Masculinity Conversations

An Interview with Jared Watkins on Masculinity in College

We at Men Can Stop Rape believe that stereotypical masculinity (or any other term you might choose: traditional masculinity, hypermasculinity, hegemonic masculinity, dominant masculinity) is still too much the air that we breathe. It’s something we often take in automatically, unaware. As one of the significant sources of violence against women across the globe, as well as other forms of violence, and as an unconscious source of conflict for many men, stereotypical masculinity causes great harm when it goes unrecognized. We all benefit from consciously developing healthier, non-violent masculinities. The Masculinity Conversations is intended to raise our critical consciousness by talking about masculinity. Sometimes it will follow an interview format, sometimes it will be a dialogue. Some of the people interviewed will be experts, some won’t. Some will be people who are part of MCSR’s work, some not. Let’s get the conversation started.

Patrick McGann, MCSR’s Director of Strategy and Planning oversees the Men Can Stop Rape Masculinity Conversations. If you would like to take part, send him an This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The second interview is with Jared Watkins, a graduate of Georgetown University and a founding member of Georgetown University Men of Strength Club. At Georgetown, Jared was highly involved in feminist and anti-violence efforts including GU MOST Club, Sexual Assault Peer Educators, and United Feminists. Jared was the sole male Women's and Gender Studies major at Georgetown and was often asked to speak at events about men's involvement in feminist and anti-violence movements.

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