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The University of Texas at Austin says the program they halted last spring following criticism it treated masculinity as toxic and as a “mental health issue” is back, re-branded, and determined to uphold its original intent to “engage men in discussions about masculinity as one tool to prevent violence.”
During a five month hiatus, UT-Austin determined one way to overhaul the MasculinUT program’s tarnished image was to move it from the Counseling and Mental Health Center to the Office of the Dean of Students, Division of Student Affairs. The university reassembled the program’s original steering committee to work out a few kinks in response to last year’s critical “media attention.”
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Following inquiries about MasculinUT’s intent last spring, the program’s original steering committee was reconvened and expanded to provide recommendations and feedback to ensure the at the program’s mission is clearly defined an fully aligned with its original intent of reducing sexual assault and interpersonal violence.
The program’s gender-bending poster campaign also came under fire for portraying expanded definitions of masculinity such as men wearing dresses and makeup.
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The original website for the MasculinUT program stated it was designed to “provide a framework for men and masculine-identified students to develop a gender awareness that translates into positive contributions to their relationships on campus, relationships to their friends and families, and quality of life, including career goals.”
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“At the same time, this program was created as a resource and support for students who want to learn more about their masculine gender identities, including students traditionally understood as male, as well as female, transgender, genderqueer, and non-binary students who embody a diversity of masculinities,” the program’s description continues.
In an August 1 memorandum, Carol Longoria, chair of the MasculinUT steering committee, outlined program recommendations to propel the male-centric program forward, noting the committee “has no final decision-making...
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