At the University of Redlands, Guys Meet to Parse What It Means to Be Men
On college campuses these days, it seems as if everyone
has a safe space, whether they be people of color, Muslim or
Jewish, queer or questioning, women facing
oppression. But what about guys? What
about the 18-year-old, 19-year-old, 20-year-old
fellow shaped by society into thinking that being
tough, being hypersexual, being aggressive goes hand-in-hand
with being a man?
At this close-knit liberal arts school tucked into the San Bernardino Valley, campus leaders are encouraging young men to get together and … talk. About emotions, about body image, about whether objectifying women and chugging beer actually makes one more masculine.