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What is Masculinity?
What is Masculinity? is a monthly drop-in discussion group for Durham College’s campus community.
With the rise of the #MeToo Movement in North America and around the world, Canadian post-secondary institutions are responding by having serious discussions about how sexism becomes normalized in our lives – at home, at school, at work, everywhere – and the negative impacts it has on both women and men.
We know the stats about domestic violence and sexual assault. We are hearing plenty in social media and the news about “toxic masculinity” and “rape culture.” But, what does this really mean? Is there really something wrong with men? Rather than playing the blame game, how can we start to shift this conversation to a more productive and healing space? How did we get here and where should we go now?
This discussion group is designed to help facilitate having more brave conversations about masculinity, and the fears and obstacles we must wrestle with in order to build healthier relationships.
About the Facilitator
Christopher McKinnon, BSc (Hon) is a long-time facilitator of difficult conversations and a dedicated community advocate. He is currently completing his M.A. in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University and is a consultant, educator, and is a registered psychotherapist at Church Wellesley Counselling and Psychotherapy in Toronto, Ontario.