Toni Airaksinen
April 27, 2018

The Counseling and Mental Health Center at the University of Texas at Austin recently launched a new program to help male students “take control over their gender identity and develop a healthy sense of masculinity.”

Treating masculinity as if it were a mental health crisis, “MasculinUT” is organized by the school’s counseling staff and most recently organized a poster series encouraging students to develop a “healthy model of masculinity.”

The program is predicated on a critique of so-called “restrictive masculinity.” Men, the program argues, suffer when they are told to “act like a man” or when they are encouraged to fulfill traditional gender roles, such as being “successful” or “the breadwinner.”

Though you might enjoy “taking care of people” or being “active,” MasculinUTwarns that many of these attributes are actually dangerous, claiming that “traditional ideas of masculinity place men into rigid (or restrictive) boxes [which]… prevent them from developing their emotional maturity.”


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3 thought on “University of Texas to Treat Masculinity as “Mental Health Issue””
  1. I feel a hair ball coming up. Maybe Texas should consider banning it’s college football program. It’s awfully masculine. Who comes up with this non-sense?

  2. I don`t know whether I should just laugh or leave an intelligent well thought out comment. ” rigid boxes which prevent them from developing emotional maturity”
    Ah.. that comes from non-manual/manual work, obtained responsibilities, earned skill sets, soft skills and human failure. Its called stop crying like a girl and grow the hell up snowflake.
    And the emasculation of the western world continues….

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