Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania — the same town in which Donald Trump just revealed his first 100 days plan should he be elected president of the United States — is garnering attention for a different reason. The esteemed college is trying to sell its students an idea that would be hysterical, if it weren’t so frightening. It says the three most destructive words a boy can hear are: “Be a man.”
Our young men need to stay strong in the face of this lunacy.
“It’s as if confusion is a positive thing now,” said one young woman.
Students at the college who “identify as male” were shown a docudrama about masculinity recently. The film, titled “The Mask You Live In,” was part of a lesson warning students that the notion of masculinity comes with harmful side effects, as freshman James Goodman told The College Fix.
A young woman in the Boston area — a high school senior — reacted to all of this. “It’s weird that confusion is kind of sought-after in today’s modern world, as if you’re more evolved if you have confusion about your gender or your masculinity,” she told LifeZette. “It’s as if confusion and not knowing who you are is a positive thing now.”
“We are in a culture that doesn’t value caring,” the movie trailer warns — teaching that American society pushes a “hyper-masculine narrative.”
Psychiatrist Dr. James Gilligan, featured in the trailer, intones, “Whether it’s homicidal violence or suicidal violence, people resort to such desperate behavior only when they are feeling shame or humiliated, or feel they would be if they didn’t prove that they were real men.”
Over 150 years ago, young men took up arms and fought in the battle of Gettysburg in the Civil War. Over 51,000 were killed, captured, or wounded. Yet today, on this historic ground, men are asked to question the appropriateness of their own masculinity.
Dangerously, the film connects “hyper-masculinity” with school shootings, such as the event at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed, as well as the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, in which 12 people were gunned down, The College Fix reported.
Some progressive cultural initiatives embraced by U.S. colleges are silly — think microaggressions — and can be laughed off. This one can’t. This is using the violent deaths of innocent Americans to push an agenda already wildly supported by the cultural elite. It’s the erasure of gender.
Is this what caring, thoughtful parents want their students to be exposed to at institutions of higher learning? If not, they would be advised to investigate the “gender agenda” of their student’s potential colleges during the application process.
Goodman told The Fix that after viewing the film, students engaged in a brief discussion about how it made them feel.
“Then we went back to a classroom where we talked about … what we look for in a good male friend,” Goodman said.
“The entire movie and lesson made it seem like masculinity was an unacceptable human trait. That it’s something males should avoid. It was completely pointless. It did nothing to help anyone. I got absolutely nothing out of the experience, other than a headache,” Goodman told The Fix.
The masculinity lesson was one part of a much larger series of educational events hosted by Gettysburg College as part of orientation week for first-year students in late August.
Upperclassmen who volunteered to work the orientation performed skits and monologues for the freshmen. Some of these were performances by “diversity peer educators” that touched upon “diversity and inclusion topics related to the student experience,” said Kiera Kant, associate dean of college life at Gettysburg College, according to The Fix.
Goodman said skit topics included microaggressions, gender identity issues, and — not to be left out — the Confederate flag.