Our mission is to mobilize men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men's violence against women.
by Adam M., The George Washington University
What makes an examination of healthy masculinity in the realm of tertiary education such a difficult yet compelling task is the sheer number of elements in the situation. College denotes a unique, almost insular experience, like another world within the world, maintaining its own leaders, priorities, trends, and so forth.
Of course, the primary element is the schooling itself. Despite the number of distracting factors on the college campus nowadays, the experience still revolves around learning. And it’s a different kind of learning from what most of us were used to in high school: hopefully classes aren’t merely a talking head droning on about some historical fact or figure, but discussions sparking the kinds of conversations that challenge students and professors to think more intelligently about ideas. Those discussions serve undoubtedly as a platform and opportunity to have healthy masculinity shine. They’re a chance make sure the conversation is fair to everyone, reprimanding sexist, homophobic, and other hateful views.
Outside of the lecture hall, or outside of the conversation, I should say, healthy masculinity on the college campus starts to become more than just words. It becomes being responsible—namely at parties, social events, etc.—and looking out for both yourself and your friends. It’s being sure to not overstep your boundaries while flirting, and remaining vigilant to any suspicious or questionable interactions around you. Most college campuses reek of school spirit, creating a familial atmosphere; healthy masculinity is simply taking care of your college family.
All in all, healthy masculinity on the college campus looks like you and I making conscientious decisions to be better, stronger men. Healthy masculinity is knowing when to take the high road and avoid physical altercation, but still having the strength and knowledge to fight for what you believe in. I believe in healthy masculinity. It’s one of the many reasons why I’m a Campus Man of Strength.