Duke Recruits Men For Program To Fight "Toxic Masculinity"

Authored by Tori Airaksinen via CampusReform.org,

Duke University is recruiting male students for a nine-week program that pledges to “destabilize masculine privilege” and “interrogate masculinity.”

The program, known as the Duke University Men’s Project, seeks to help men examine how their masculinities exist “often in toxic ways” while beginning “the work of unlearning violence.”

“There is a misinformed narrative that gender equity and feminism hurts men,” a description for the program suggests, adding that “through conversations on the limits of masculinity and healthy alternatives we demonstrate that men have much to gain.”

Over the course of the nine-week program, men will participate in weekly discussion groups conducted through an “intersectional feminist lens,” with the hope of helping male students learn an “intersectional understanding of masculinity” and creating “spaces to destabilize masculine privilege.”

Organizers warn that the program isn’t for the faint of heart, explaining that the discussion groups will make men feel “vulnerable” and “will be challenging,” and should thus be “taken seriously.”

Notably, the application for the program, which closes Wednesday, asks students to describe how “privilege...operates to create inequality on Duke’s campus” and list their preferred gender.

While the project was founded last year with a single group of fifteen students, it has added an additional discussion group this year to accommodate increased student interest.

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be dispatched across campus to host events for other students on topics such as “pornography and rape culture, male privilege and taking up space, and gender disparities in emotional labor.”

Although the men’s project specifically targets men, it appears that at least some female students are involved with leadership of the program, though when Campus Reform reached out to some of its organizers, all declined to comment, citing “university policy.”  

Participants will not be paid for the program, though the school did recently hire a Men’s Engagement Intern who will earn $9 per hour to help lead the program and foster “collective buy-in on the part of men.”

Additionally, the weekly discussion groups will be held at the university’s Women’s Center, which formed in 1987 after students submitted a 76-page proposal for its creation, now with a mission of helping both men and women “resist patriarchal oppression.”

Campus Reform reached out to Duke University for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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Billy the Poet sickavme (not verified) Tue, 09/12/2017 - 21:12 Permalink

"One of feminism’s irritating reflexes is its fashionable disdain for “patriarchal society,” to which nothing good is ever attributed. But it is patriarchal society that has freed me as a woman. It is capitalism that has given me the leisure to sit at this desk writing this book. Let us stop being small-minded about men and freely acknowledge what treasures their obsessiveness has poured into culture."  --Camille Paglia

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Manthong bamawatson Tue, 09/12/2017 - 21:38 Permalink

 
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As my upper abs and central lower proboscis gets ever solid and threatens snowflakes….. I  just tell them FU.

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Son of Loki Manthong Tue, 09/12/2017 - 22:16 Permalink

Duke is one of the most overrated colleges on those academic ranking lists. Give me a grad from Rice, Purdue or Georgia Tech over Duke any day! It's a beautiful campus but the students are B level intelligence for the most part in my experience dealing with them the past few years. Most likely due to the mental disease that's infected many campuses today like UT, Brown, Dartmouth, etc The web site, "Heterodox Academy" actuall rates colleges on how conservative students are accepted there and how open the university is to things like free speech and diverse views, diverse meaning conservative views. Brown is one of the worst college for a conservative student and U of Chicago is the best college for conservative students and free speech. Check the list out...it's fascinating as it the web site: https://heterodoxacademy.org/resources/guide-to-colleges/  

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Excursionist Son of Loki Wed, 09/13/2017 - 00:07 Permalink

Would love to see the reaction to a campus program hanging out its shingle with "Eradicate African-American Underprivilege by Examining the Culture and its Contribution to Systemic Under-performance".  Graduates of the nine-week course would then be set upon inner city ghettos, proselytizing the virtues of:

  1. Not just 'graduating' from the paper mills called public high schools but actually trying and improving oneself with whatever is offered;
  2. Having children later in life;
  3. If having children, then doing so with a partner who has better than 50/50 odds of standing by your side and helping you raise the next generation;
  4. Becoming positive role models outside of the entertainment industry (e.g., professional sports, music).

My money would be on the responsible students not only getting expelled but also getting physically accosted.

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HowdyDoody Excursionist Wed, 09/13/2017 - 05:44 Permalink

Lets see:Hillary Clinton - laughed with glee when the leader of another country was sodomised with a knife by her pet terrorists.Vicky Nudelman - unleashed neo Nazis in Ulraine who are still killing women and children en masse in east Ukraine.Madeleine 'Notso' Albright - the death of 500,000 Iraqi civilians was a price worth paying.Samantha Power - War hag from hell.Nickky Haley - War hag from hell.Medusa - being a Medusa.Anyone missing from this list of female role models for men to emulate?

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Sun Rabbit Son of Loki Wed, 09/13/2017 - 21:18 Permalink

That Heterodox website is pretty interesting. Too bad no such resources existed back when I was a HS senior in the 80s. I wound up going to Fairleigh Dickinson. I know, I know, nobody's perfect; but it was close to my house at the time. Back in the 80s the Fairleigh Ridiculous student body consisted mostly of loser offspring of rich people who couldn't get into any better school.Back then I couldn't care less about politics. I was there on a scholarshit with all these rich losers so I just went all out. I was doing research papers for >1000 bucks each in cash (in 1986, mind you) and I actually had to turn people away because I had so much work. At one point I was paying my then 14-year old brother and his friends to do part of that work for me. So yes, unbelivably enough, I had my 14 year old brother do a Bachelor's thesis on mitochondrial DNA sequencing that got submitted a day late and still got the student an A+ grade.Needless to say I had a lot of fun at FDU. Wish I could do it again.

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greenskeeper carl vealparm Tue, 09/12/2017 - 22:51 Permalink

Pretty sure he cares much more about his giant paychecks and coaching legacy than any of this nonsense. But, as some smart person once said, evil triumphs when good men do nothing. No idea if he is a good man or not, but I can say with a high degree of confidence that if he said anything, he would be ostracized and chased off campus. I guaran-fucking-tee you that the current crop of Duke adminstrators cares far more about being politically correct than they do about coach K or having a top notch basketball program.

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chubbar vealparm Wed, 09/13/2017 - 06:29 Permalink

The NFL has been one of the surprises for me personally. They have a big time money making operation going and not only are the blacks (the biggest race recipient) willing to kill this goose but so, apparently, are the owners.If I was the owner of a NFL team I would have a clause that fires anyone who makes a political statement while on the playing field, period. If I was the owner of the Cleveland Browns, every mother fucker who took a knee during the anthem would be immediately fired and I would have gone back to my list of cut players and foregone the season.Not that I'm a big supporter of this Ra Ra patriotism nonsense as it is mostly to drum up support for our military to go overseas and kill some people who live in a country the US is trying to overthrow. That being said, these fucktards are making millions to play ball, not make political statements and the one they are making is stupid to begin with. When these asshats start throwing the name Michael Brown or Trayvon around, I know they don't have one fucking clue what they are protesting.

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freak of nature chubbar Wed, 09/13/2017 - 07:03 Permalink

“There is a misinformed narrative that gender equity and feminism hurts men,” a description for the program suggests, adding that “through conversations on the limits of masculinity and healthy alternatives we demonstrate that men have much to gain.” Technology has given us a false sense of security. This year/next year/100 years from now, whenever a true crisis hits, all this gender mangling is going the way of the dodo. Pink haired ladies fighting to make everything equal will be the first to run behind the next strong man they see, in fear. It wont be behind one of these emasculated males either. It's the difference between ego driven fiction and the naked truth.

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rpboxster vealparm Wed, 09/13/2017 - 09:06 Permalink

Duke is all beta males.  The university wonders why the Cameron Crazies aren't as crazy any more and why, after refubishing the football stadium and putting a good product on the field, the stands are empty.  You think it has anything to do with 20% of the student pop being Chinese and foreign nationals?

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Manthong SafelyGraze Tue, 09/12/2017 - 21:50 Permalink

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lincolnsteffens YUNOSELL Tue, 09/12/2017 - 21:47 Permalink

What about toxic femininity?? Eh?? Well....I'm waiting for classes in toxic femininity. Isn't this country trying to have everything equal. Smells like gender discrimination to me and ripe for a law suit. I guess that I would first have to get into Duke and then I would have standing in court."Judge, you're honor, sir, I was feeling terrorized and excluded at a public institution by this obvious discrimination. I've run up doctor and psychiatric bills because of the hate towards me and my protected class  by this school. I ask your honor to not just make me whole but to award punitive damages for their viscous hatred toward my class."  

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GUS100CORRINA Demologos Tue, 09/12/2017 - 22:03 Permalink

Duke Recruits Men For Program To Fight "Toxic Masculinity"My response: Another MARXIST PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL PROGRAM that originated from the PIT OF HELL. I guess people either can't comprehend or refuse to understand GOD's plan for humanity. SATAN working overtime to destroy GOD's creation which would include the identity of Male and Female. I guess the people at DUKE did not get the MEMO that states that it takss both SPERM and an EGG to create human offspring which is ONE RACE, ONE BLOOD.Genesis 5:2 (NKJV)2 He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created.Matthew 19:4-5 (NKJV)4 And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?Mark 10:6 (NKJV)6 But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’

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knukles Keyser Tue, 09/12/2017 - 21:14 Permalink

Oh Jesus H Fucking ChristWe're gonna just stop procreating at this rate.Watch, betcha betcha betcha that some time not too distant, one of the guys who's on the University Masculinity Council (I'm thinking of Imams walking all over the place whacking people with 6' poles) getting a serious tune-up in a public restroom or something like that and the place'll really blow up.Only to Much Later find that it was another one of his Soros funded buds who got him drunk the night before and he fell down 3 flights of stairs is where the physical damage came from, but oh no ....

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Inzidious curbjob Wed, 09/13/2017 - 01:54 Permalink

What's funny about that is even after all this time there are still guys who overplay the sensitive card, which only works if you play it *after* you go hard on her.

Women subconsciously respect power, control and mystery, in that order. if you are straight and you are looking for a women, display those traits first. Play the sensitive crap after you alpha out.

And never, never give them what they want. Ever.

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SILVERGEDDON Keyser Tue, 09/12/2017 - 21:53 Permalink

Sounds like a bunch of snowflakes gonna get together, and paint vaginas on each other's assholes. Then, draw straws for the unlucky guys who have to corn hole the rest of them to teach them what stupid is all about.Either that, or they all daisy chain each other with vibrators. That, and a lot of estrogen therapy will wash the male out of them, right quick.  

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in4mayshun youngman Tue, 09/12/2017 - 21:13 Permalink

Ironic how the picture in the article personifies a stereotypical "man" when that douche probabaly doesn't have a real job and is living at home with his parents while working towards his dream of being someone special. Not sure how Duke defines a man, but if they base it on muscle tissue they might be badly mistaken.

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HardAssets youngman Tue, 09/12/2017 - 21:24 Permalink

False masculinity is only to be misdirected toward playing spectator sports games for young boys (in past generations only children played such games). And also toward attacking whatever enemies are designated by the powers that be. Kinda like a trained guard dog who does so for pats on the head, food, and the occasional doggie treat. The 'enemies' usually have resources the psychopaths crave.

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JustPastPeacefield youngman Tue, 09/12/2017 - 22:23 Permalink

Not the gay boys I hang with. All T all the time. I don't know what kind of castrated pussy would step foot inside a classroom with a bunch of bitchy man-haters like that. Get me the fuck outta there. And speaking personally, I'm totally in favor of man-spreading on the subway. Spread it wide boys. I'll gladly makea little extra room for ya. Seriously, the academy has gone bat-shit crazy. Imagine the bubble you live in to believe that this crap is worthy of anything but gut-busting laughter. Do they completely lack self-awareness.

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