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Princeton Hangs Signs In School Gym Warning ‘Strength Is NOT Masculine’

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Rob Shimshock Education Reporter

Princeton University students recently hung posters warning about “hypermasculinity” in the school’s gym, advising “strength is NOT masculine” and “there’s no gender in physical exercise.”

Three students hung the posters, which included pictures of students accompanied by quotes, inside the school’s Stephens Fitness Center. The posters were part of the “Faces of Fitness Initiative,” which took place from last Friday until Monday, according to The Daily Princetonian.

“Sometimes there’s pressure when lifting to act super hypermasculine, such as grunting,” student Dennis said in one poster. The project managers only displayed the students’ first names. “I wish people were more supportive and encouraging of others.”

“Strength training shouldn’t be gendered,” insisted Meredith, another student. “It’s for everyone.”

The three students who conducted “Faces of Fitness” did so for a “Creativity, Innovation and Design” course at Princeton.

“The topic of this class is gender inequality on campus,” Cydney Kim, one of the project managers, told The Daily Princetonian. “And we narrowed in on a specific place on campus and a specific way in which we can help address this problem or respond to it in some way.”

Kim and her two team members, Kesin Ryan Dehejia and Tyler Valicenti, picked “hypermasculinity” as their project’s subject after interviewing 20 Princeton students about gender inequality on campus.

The poster display included surveys for students to take. Faces of Fitness reported obtaining feedback from 77 students, with 65 percent of respondents supporting the initiative.

Kim’s group will present their project to representatives from groups like the Women’s Center, the LGBT Center, and Men’s Allied Voices for a Respectful & Inclusive Community Project.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Kim, Dehejia, and Valicenti, as well as the university for comment, but received none in time for publication.

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