Men can now seek absolution for their grave sins of toxic Masculinity. The University of Regina is setting up Catholic Church type confessional booths where male students can confess their sins of ‘hypermasculinity.’
The “Man up Against violence” campaign, which commenced on Monday and ends on Friday, encourages guys to take control of their masculine nature and speak out against sexual harassment.
But like other efforts championed by social justice warriors, The Man Up campaign eventually takes a strange turn. Men in the campus are being asked to lay bare all of their ‘sins’ against women in the society.
“Meet up with [University of Regina Students’ Union] members and make a confession,” the program’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!”
The description seems to indicate that women who reinforce gender stereotypes will be able to confess their sins as well.
The booth will appear next week. It’s not clear whether the students hearing the confessions will be able to grant absolution—or at least provide you with a “This is What a Feminist Looks Like” t-shirt.
Once the confessional disappears, it will be replaced by a series of brown bag seminars, where men on campus can hone their expertise at embracing their feminine side. Ultimately, the program’s goal is to erase masculinity altogether.
“At the Man Up Against Violence initiative, we challenge mindsets and behaviors with regard to the social construction of masculinity and its relationship with violence,” their website says.
If you’re unable to get to the booth in Saskatchewan next week, however, there are some instructional videos available on the group’s website.