But in Regina, Saskatchewan he would feel right at home. That’s the location of the University of Regina, one of Canada’s many institutions of higher learning. Yet Regina is no ordinary academic redoubt. It is about to host what it describes as a “Man Up Against Violence Initiative.” This will include a “Masculinity Confession Booth” as well as other workshops designed to portray the male homo sapiens as predator of women and destroyer of society.
With a surfeit of exclamation points and a dearth of biological or common sense, the university invites undergraduates to participate: “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 Masculinity Confession Booth will be supplemented by workshops dedicated to “Healthy Relationships and Healthy Masculinity” and a redefinition of the phrase “man up.”Sins? Confession Booth? Inquisition comes next.