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.”
“WATCH YOUR BACK RICHARD”
Editor’s Note: Social Justice Warrior students and their leftist faculty mentors are becoming increasingly radicalized and prone to violence. This is a national phenomenon. At Florida Atlantic University, for example, over the past several weeks an article appearing in foundation-funded The Nation magazine, echoed by a progressive-left apparatchik at Miami New Times (here and here) then elsewhere (here, here, and here) has resulted in a campaign of organized harassment against one FAU professor, a self-avowed conservative scholar (one of the very few at the university) who has devoted his academic career to study of the Confederacy.
Suggesting that a faculty member should be terminated because their beliefs and associations are not “politically correct,” and enacting such harassment in public, taxpayer-funded spaces, runs counter to any basic notion of free speech and academic freedom. It is, moreover, seeking to confirm one’s own political views by imposing a form of indirect violence against the targeted individual and their family. The case below suggests how such such ideology has the potential to manifest in far more immediate ways.
A controversial University of Texas professor who was repeatedly threatened by Antifa over a domestic violence incident from 2016 was found dead in his home on Thursday. The cause of death is unknown.
Richard Morrisett, 57, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of strangling his girlfriend off campus, which prompted outrage from a coalition of UT parents. In response to the incident, UT President Greg Fenves announced in a Thursday letter that employees who commit crimes off campus could face discipline, even if found not to pose a threat to campus safety, security or other operations.
Armed extremist Antifa group, “Revolutionary Student Front“ repeatedly threatened Morrissett following the incident, defacing the door of his lab with graffiti reading “GET Out Morrisett OR ELSE” and “WATCH YOUR BACK RICHARD.”