UT Austin Rethinks MasculinUT Program After Criticism From Conservative Groups

Critics cite a perception that the program equates masculinity with mental illness.

By Nadia HamdanMay 10, 2018 9:30 am| , , , ,

From KUT:

A UT-Austin program aimed at expanding ideas of masculinity has been put on hold after conservative media outlets accused it of treating masculinity as a mental health issue.

The roughly two-year-old program, MasculinUT, was created within UT’s Counseling and Mental Health Center. It’s one of the ways the university is addressing sexual assault and interpersonal violence on campus.

Chris Brownson, director of the center, said the aim of MasculinUT was to engage more men in violence prevention work, which is currently dominated by women.

The roughly two-year-old program, MasculinUT, was created within UT’s Counseling and Mental Health Center. It’s one of the ways the university is addressing sexual assault and interpersonal violence on campus.

Chris Brownson, director of the center, said the aim of MasculinUT was to engage more men in violence prevention work, which is currently dominated by women.

“We know that if we’re not bringing men to the table and bringing them into the conversation about these issues,” he said, “we’re missing out on an important partner in doing this work.”

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