College Course Teaches Students Why ‘Masculinity’ Is Bad For Everyone

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Hobart and William Smith Colleges are offering a spring course that will teach students why masculinity is problematic for men and women everywhere.

Men And Masculinity” is part of Hobart and Smith’s “Men’s Studies” program, which “offers an intellectually rigorous and coherent explanation of men’s lives, focusing on theories of masculinity, the history and sociology of men’s experience, gender and sexuality.”

The course asks how “masculinity [is] problematic — for both men and women,” according to the course description. The class encourages participants to study masculinity by examining the facets of sexuality, race and ethnicity in order to gain a deeper understanding of men. The course even encourages participating students to “rethink the male experience completely.”

“Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to providing a non-discriminatory and harassment-free educational, living, and working environment,” the school writes on its course catalogue, an apt representation of the course’s inclusive nature. Hobart and William Smith Colleges were initially operated as separate single-sex colleges, but are now integrated and share the same campus in New York state.

“He Says, She Says: Language and Gender,” “Feminist Theory” and “Women in 19th Century Art and Culture” are also included in the list of course electives. (RELATED: Why ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Is A Toxic Concept)

Countless colleges offer Women’s Studies programs, but far less offer programs and classes on the study of men. New York’s Stony Brook University also offers a program on the study of men through its “Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities” which aims to engage “interdisciplinary research on boys, men, masculinities, and gender.”

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