U. Texas to treat masculinity as a mental health issue; now hiring ‘healthy masculinities coordinator’

U. Texas to treat masculinity as a mental health issue; now hiring ‘healthy masculinities coordinator’

[Ed. – Job opportunity, folks.  I’m sure you don’t have to be cisgender or have a binary gender perspective to perform this job.  In fact, I’m sure it’s better if you don’t.  Bonus point: this explains so much about Longhorns football.]

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.” …

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.” …

The program is currently without leadership, but not for long. The school is in the process of hiring a “healthy masculinities coordinator” to run the program…

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