Welcome to cyberspace, Masculinity U, “a new national initiative geared toward engaging young men in redefining masculinity and encouraging them in taking an equal role in ending gender violence.” The blog (here), run by Mr. Sacci Patel and Mr. Marc Peters, launched just a few days ago:
What does it mean to be a man? In today’s culture it means demeaning women. It means breaking down our brothers instead of building them up. * * * We can choose to stay with the status quo. We can choose to refuse to grow and change. We can decide that our image is worth more than our soul. We can do all of that OR we can start making the tough choices. We can challenge societal norms. We can evade the path of least resistance. We can temporarily sacrifice our image to make a permanent change in society.
MasculinityU isn’t the end-all, be-all solution. We don’t even seek to be the destination. Rather we hope to guide a generation of men as they start to rethink masculinity and make their own informed decisions. We hope to challenge our brothers to think about the meaning behind their words and the motivations behind their actions.
As we travel the country, we will document it here. * * *
We named this initiative MasculinityU because we want it to be about constantly teaching and always learning. We must never stop educating ourselves and learning from the experiences of others, especially women. They’ve been talking to us for years and years and we’ve failed to listen to their lived experiences. It’s time for that to change.
The blog’s first post in full is here.
Looks like a project to watch. Welcome, Masculinity U!