A Canadian university is hosting a four-day event where students may enter a “confessional booth” to reconcile the “sin” of “hypermasculinity.”
The University of Regina in Canada and the “Man Up Against Violence” initiative organized a series of breakfasts, workshops, and other social gatherings this week at its Saskatchewan campus. The project, which runs Monday through Thursday, seeks to “redefine what it means to be a man.”
“Meet up with [University of Regina Students’ Union] members and make a confession,” the group’s website reads. “We have all reinforced hypermasculinity one way or another regardless of our gender! … Come and share your sins so we can begin to discuss how to identify and change our ways!”
A 2015 promotional video for the group enlisted the school’s coaches, student-athletes, and alumni to discuss the issue, The Daily Caller reported.
“We don’t have to continue to live in a misogynistic society,” a football player said. “I think [changing this] falls on everyone and especially men because quite frankly we are the problem right now.”
The group’s website adds that its mission is to use education, training, partnerships, and awareness to “embrace positive ideals of masculinity, and inspire men to accept their role as advocates in the movement to prevent violence in our communities.”