Students to combat “hypermasculinity” by confessing their “sins”

A social justice movement at the University of Regina in Canada is encouraging students to “confess” about their “sins” as part of an event that will combat “hypermasculinity.”
The students are encouraged to attend workshops and screenings as part of an event called “Man Up Against Violence,” which goes from March 27 to 30th.

In order to “man up,” the event description reads, the students will combat “social norms surrounding masculinity” by acknowledging and challenging them. Some of those norms include expectations that men can’t cry because being expressively emotional is a woman’s trait.
“Meet up with URSU members and make a confession,” the event description reads. “We have all reinforced hypermasculinity one way or another regardless of our gender!! …Come and share your sins so we can begin to discuss how to identify and change our ways !!!”

The “traveling Confessions of Masculinity Booth” will be present at several of the event screenings and workshops.
The university published a video to go along with the event, discussing ways to redefine masculine gender norms. In the video, some of the men accuse a culture of gender norms for leading them to suppress their emotions and lash out on women.
“We don’t have to continue to live in a misogynistic society,” football player Tyler Perkins says. “I think [changing this] falls on everyone and especially men because quite frankly we are the problem right now.”
Fortunately, not all the messages in the video are blaming masculinity. Ernie Louttit, a retired police officer, simply says men shouldn’t be concerned with trying to show others how masculine they are, because their masculinity is already present.
“As a man, if you’re honest with yourself and you had to evaluate yourself… you’ll see that a lot of times you’re already good enough,” Louttit says. “You don’t have to be something you’re not. Just be yourself.”

Watch the video below:

Man Up Against Violence: Redefining What it Means to Man Up