|Growing Healthy Masculinity and Campus Conversations|
Help grow healthy masculinity on college campuses. Contact Men Can Stop Rape to learn about organizing a Healthy Masculinity on your campus:
It’s all about the stories.
Men Can Stop Rape has completed a series of Healthy Masculinity Campus Conversations sponsored by the Verizon Foundation. At the final three Campus Conversations – held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Angelo State University, and the University of Arizona – storytellers kicked off each event. Some were students: a President of the Rugby Club, a runner on the track team, a politically motivated undergrad, a social work major, a transgender grad student, and a President of the Student Government Association. Others were faculty and staff: a psychology professor, an admissions staff person, a Director of Student Sustainability, and two of the Presidents of the universities.
They told honest, raw, gutty stories about conflicts with masculinity: growing up with no male role models; transitioning F to M and asking, “What kind of man do I want to be?”; struggling with a desire for vengeance after the gang rape of a sister; getting in a pointless fist fight over Christmas break; figuring out how to raise two sons; being sexual assaulted by another man; and
The stories set the tone. They created an environment where men didn’t have to perform masculinity.
They could talk about issues connected to healthy and unhealthy masculinity: how to break free of “show no emotion”; how to be in healthy relationships and help other men be in healthy relationships; how to better support each other as men; how to fight fair; and how to better support girls and women.
The men could be real and authentic. They could practice healthy masculinity.