Duke University is creating a “safe space” for male students to pore over the ways in which their “toxic masculinities” create a harmful environment on campus and beyond.
The Men’s Project, which is sponsored by the Duke Women’s Center, aims to “create a space of brotherhood fellowship dedicated to interrogating male privilege and patriarchy as it exists in our lives, our campus and our society,” according to the university’s website.
The initiative’s leadership team consists of four students, including juniors Dipro Bhowmik and Alex Bressler.
Mr. Bhowmik said the project will create an environment in which men can “critique and analyze their own masculinity and toxic masculinities to then create healthier ones.”
The curriculum is about “questioning how you can be accountable to feminism, to the women in your life and to the larger community,” he told the Duke Chronicle, a student newspaper.
Mr. Bressler said the leadership team aspires to create a “very intentionally educational space for male-identified individuals.”
“I’m excited that we are doing our own part to proactively deconstruct masculinity,” Mr. Bressler told the Chronicle.
The question-begging initiative comes on the decennial of the Duke lacrosse scandal, in which three male students were falsely accused of rape.
The university suspended the lacrosse team for two games and forced head coach Mike Pressler to resign before an investigation exonerating the players was carried out.