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Published On: Fri, Feb 16th, 2018

UCLA hosts ‘toxic masculinity’ talk for students, only ten showed up

When the UCLA Intergroup Relations Program recently announced an event to allow the campus community to discuss “toxic masculinity,” they expected a massive turnout from their 42,000 student population.

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Surprising to the organizers, only ten showed up.

The sexist discussion on Tuesday was billed as a way to allow students a chance to discuss “the silence surrounding toxic masculinity, emotional repression, locker room talk, and broader social norms,” according to organizers.

Organizers cited President Trump’s “locker room talk,” and the recent ban on in-house parties with alcohol at UCLA fraternities, as pressing issues that prompted the discussion.

Toxic masculinity and “Greek Life” was also a suggested concern.

“In lieu of recent events (presidential ‘locker room’ talk and UCLA fraternities in-house alcohol ban), we would like to invite the UCLA community to dialogue about how toxic masculinity manifests itself on our campus,” organizers stated.

College Fix detailed the event, noting that “the 10 students in attendance were handed a worksheet with three different definitions of toxic masculinity, including one from Terry Kupers of the Wright Institute, who defines it as a collection of male behaviors that ‘serve to foster domination, the devaluation of women, homophobia, and wanton violence.'”

They went on:

According to the worksheet, the desire to get rid of toxic masculinity is not an attack on all masculine traits, such as “devotion to work” and “providing for one’s family,” but instead is an indictment on the negative “masculine” traits such as “violence and sexual conquest.”

The talk, facilitated by two administrators, was held in a small conference room in the Student Activities Center. It was not a lecture, but instead a discussion among peers who offered personal experiences and opinions during the discussion.

The Intergroup Relations Program’s mission, according to their website, is to educate the UCLA community on matters of social justice: “IGR engages, supports and educates the UCLA community on issues of social identity, interpersonal and intergroup relations/conflict, prejudice reduction, and social justice, and imparts valuable multicultural skills to the UCLA community.”

 

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