The University of Connecticut is recruiting 20 students who self-identify as male to conduct an 11-week program which will attempt to neutralize “mansplaining” and “interrupting others.”
Campus Reform reports the Men’s Project is ironically being hosted by the university’s Women’s Center in an attempt to teach men to “positively influence their peers by challenging social norms that promote gender-based violence.”
The Men’s Project, which frames itself to be more focused on bystander intervention, has a broad agenda, as weekly meetings will include discourse on “topics related to gender socialization, masculinities, social justice and gender-based violence.”
According to the application, which went live last week, all “male-identified students” are welcome to apply.
“In your experience, what are some things you would like to work on, or what are some things you have been told men need to work on? (Ex: Mansplaining, Relationships & Gender Norms, Interrupting Others, etc),” the application asks. It also adds participants may have to prepare for weekly meetings by “reading or journaling.”
Campus Reform reports the program requests “male-identified students” rank their familiarity with social justice issues such as “heterosexism,” “consent,” “cissexism,” and “healthy relationships.”
Students are also warned they may be removed from the program if they miss more than two sessions.
The program will be facilitated by Rhys Hall and Craig Alejos.
They are both clearly qualified for the position as Hall is an undergraduate who focuses on how “Black Masculinity has been developed [and] how it can oppress Black Femininity and Non-Heteronormative identities,” and Alejos studies “fatherhood education and empowerment.”
Campus Reform reports the program is open to enrollment, however, it will focus on more popular students in an attempt to “identify and train individuals who may be seen as having influence with their peers.”
The program also claims it hopes to find “students who relate well to other men.”
It is unclear whether the Men’s Project will use taxpayer funds to support itself as the University of Connecticut did not respond to Campus Reform’s request for comment.
Both Hall and Alejos also declined to comment on the planned echo chamber.
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