As part of a weeklong Man Up Against Violence program at a Canadian college, troubled students have the opportunity this week to unburden themselves and disclose their “sins” of “hypermasculinity.”
It’s all being accomplished through a “Masculinity Confession Booth.”
Here’s a description of the booth set up at the Lab Building Hallway at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan:
Meet up with [University of Regina Students’ Union] members and make a confession. 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!!!
While the description appears to welcome women to participate in confessions as well, it isn’t clear how many — if any — are taking part.
Those involved with Man Up Against Violence “challenge mindsets and behaviors with regard to the social construction of masculinity and its relationship with violence. We work together to bring light to the causes of all types of violence related to gender, race, socioeconomic status, ability level and beyond,” according to the website’s description. The group “strives to embrace positive ideals of masculinity, and inspire men to accept their role as advocates in the movement to prevent violence in our communities,” according to the website.
(H/T: Heat Street)