When people think of Texas, they think of cowboys, cattle, and perhaps a little bravado. But the University of Texas at Austin seems to want to change all that. Recently, the university put up posters to make sure that male students know that it’s perfectly acceptable to wear dresses and makeup, because this is apparently what the university is concerning itself with these days.
The college’s Counseling and Mental Health Center has a new program called MasculinUT that is attempting to redefine masculinity into a “healthier” perspective. Ha! Sorry. That’s just… well…. that’s not the adjective I would use. The Blaze has the details of some of the poster themes:
- “I don’t identify as masculine, it’s just imposed on my body. One way I embrace my femininity is by wearing make-up and doing my nails.”
- “Even though I’m masculine, I can wear makeup, and if I feel like wearing a dress, I can do that too and it’s totally fine.”
- “Something I’ve fallen in love with about being queer is that it’s you. You can be vulnerable. You don’t have to feel invalid in feeling strong or confident or feminine. It’s much more fluid to me than any one picture of masculinity.”
- “There’s this recent trend that’s been going on on Twitter called “care-free black boy aesthetic, where men who are traditionally masculine have flowers in their beard or something. I’m glad that they’re trying to expand what masculinity looks like, but I wish it went further than that.”
The program is opposed to phrases like “man up,” “be a man,” or “breadwinner,” because it puts unnecessary pressure on the male to not be a complete waste of oxygen.
According to The Blaze, one poster features a male nurse saying he feels love and compassion for patients — but why do UT assume that love and compassion are traditionally female characteristics? Isn’t this simply a furthering of patriarchal stereotypes instead of a demolition of such views? (Social justice warriors aren’t much for logical consistencies.) Another features a man saying he learned masculinity by supporting his sister “instead of being someone who would tear her down.” But wait, why does his sister need this guy’s support? Wouldn’t she be just fine without some man coming in to “rescue” her? This is just echo away from the old cartoons when the villain ties a woman down on a rail road track and she has to hope for some guy to come save her.
Wait, I have a question for the UT. In the above clip, which person is more “masculine”? The bad guy or the good guy? Are there any “good guys” or do males have to virtue signal by wearing pantyhose?
Ahh excuse me. I was assuming the genders of the cartoon characters, which is oh-so-rude of me. Who knows if this was a damsel in distress? Maybe she was one of those male UT Austin students who like to dress up as women.
The city of Austin’s motto is “Keep Austin Weird,” so at least this program will continue to accomplish the city’s mission.
Hat Tip: The Blaze
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