WHY MEN IN THE MOVEMENT*?
Men, as a gender, commit the overwhelming majority of sexual assaults, no matter the gender of the victim. This behavior has much to do with our masculinities and how most men are socialized. Men in the Movement is an anti-violence initiative designed to prevent sexual assault at Colorado State University by engaging men. We do this by learning how our personal attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors as men support and excuse harmful attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of other men. The program is designed to deconstruct those behaviors and offer healthier alternatives for masculinities.
Men in the Movement has 2 features. The first features is a free, 11-week program designed for CSU men. If you identify as a man and want to understand gender-based violence, this is the place for you. We won’t lie though, it’s a tough process to go through, but a necessary one if we’re going to address men’s violence against women. The second aspect is a monthly “Open Event” designed for CSU students of all genders. Topics for these Open Events range from talking about Masculinity and Depression, male body image, current events, or screening films like “The Mask You Live In” and having a discussion about the film. Find out when the next one is by following the WGAC on Facebook and Instagram or checking out the online blog.
OTHER WAYS FOR MEN TO GET INVOLVED THROUGH THE WGAC
1. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST
It’s called “Do You Even Lift, Bro? Men Exercising Social Justice” and you can find it on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and KSCU.fm
2. TAKE A CLASS
One is called “Introduction to Gender-Based Violence in a US Context” and the other is called “Fraternities and Sororities Against Sexual Assault”. Both are available for the spring semester and both have opportunities open up after passing the classes!
3. BRING YOUR BROS
We have lots of events during the course of the semester. One of the best ways to get involved and learn more is to bring your friends who are men to our events.
MITM HAS A PODCAST!
Men can be survivors, too, and they often experience barriers when seeking resources. Check out this episode about male survivors on our advocacy podcast.
THOUGHTS, QUESTIONS, COMMENTS
Feedback is always welcome. Let us know about your thoughts on Men in the Movement by emailing Ricky at firstname.lastname@example.org.