Men at Canada’s University of Regina are being encouraged to “confess” their “sins” of “hypermasculinity.” While the institution was founded by Methodists, it is no longer affiliated with any Christian church. Students can attend workshops that are part of the March 27-30 “Man Up Against Violence” event. 
 
A description of the vent says that in order for men to “man up,” students can address “social norms surrounding masculinity” by acknowledging and challenging them. Among the possible offenses are the expectation that men should not cry. “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 !!!”
 
One of the features of the event is a “traveling Confessions of Masculinity Booth.” 
 
In an accompanying video produced by the university, there are men who express their opposition to gender norms that prevent their free expression of emotions, which supposedly causes them to strike women. 
 
A spokeman on the video said that the purpose of the event is to counter what he said is a "trend of domestic violence."
 



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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