Vanderbilt’s Women’s Center tells men how to be men at ‘Healthy Masculinities Week.’
The Women’s Center tells men how to be men? Oh. Thanks for the tips, girls. Now we need some fraternity brothers to give the distaff side some tips on how to be women. I bet those tips would be priceless. Also, X-rated.
The size of G.I. Joe’s biceps and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s guns in the Terminator movies is proof that the dominant form of masculinity is out of control.
That message and similar ones were conveyed recently to students during Vanderbilt University’s “Healthy Masculinities Week,” organized by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center. Attendance for students was optional.
Now just to get some housekeeping out of the way, doesn’t “Cuninggim” sound like some sort of euphemism? It would be difficult to keep a straight face when some earnest SJW announced she was from the “Cuninggim Center.” Novitiates from the Cuninggim Center probably wonder why people have coughing fits whenever they’re told the name of that outfit. Particularly when they find out the director of the Cuninggim Center is named Rory Dicker. (I’m not making this up.)
But consider the arrogance, not to mention the mindless stupidity, of holding such a soiree. First, it presupposes that the organizers are in a position to provide sage advice to a demographic to which they do not belong, and that that advice will be welcomed by the targeted demographic. Maybe later they can do symposia on Generating A Ghetto Intelligensia, Building a Tolerant Islamic Society, and Healthy Bathhouse Practices. They obviously haven’t realized that it’s hard to promote heresy in a church to which you don’t belong.
It turns out, however, that the Cuninggims did have a tame male:
The Vanderbilt week kicked off with a lecture by the first man to minor in women’s studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Jackson Katz. (His alma mater now offers a bachelor’s in women, gender and sexuality studies.)
He minored in women’s studies? Hell, most college guys major in women’s studies, or at least try to. So Vanderbilt has people engaging in women, gender, and sexuality studies? Is that another way of saying they have fraternities? If they included “beer studies,” we’d know for sure that that was case.
Katz founded a consulting firm that “provides gender violence prevention and leadership training to institutions in the public and private sectors” and has pioneered the use of bystander training in the U.S. military, according to his website.
Full marks to young Katz for recognizing a marketing opportunity when he saw one. Katz notes that the G.I. Joe’s biceps have gotten larger over the years, and that in their movies Schwarzenegger and Stallone used larger guns than Bogart did in his movies. Thank God someone is finally researching these critical issues.
A “limited-release documentary” (i.e., an unwatchable bomb) shown by the Cuninggims blamed
“America’s narrow definition of masculinity” for the deteriorating mental health of boys and men.
Evidently universities no longer teach the meaning of the phrase “begging the question.” More’s the pity, too.
One black faculty member excoriated the hypermasculinized sporting culture in the U.S. for the intense pressure he faced. Now what hypermasculinized sporting culture could he be referring to? Would it be a culture that goes in for gangs, hip-hop, drive-bys, and basketball, by any chance?
The good news is that a female member of a (predominantly female) panel on Fox News asserted that the Cuninggims were trying to turn men into “thumb-sucking little beta males in skinny jeans.”
Well done. She got it in one.