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Princeton To Combat Aggressive Masculinity On Campus

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Princeton University is seeking to hire a certified clinician to help combat aggressive masculinity and sexual assault by men on its campus in New Jersey.

The Ivy League school is looking for an "Interpersonal Violence Clinician and Men's Engagement Manager," notes The College Fix. The employee will work with SHARE, a campus office that supports survivors of sexual assault, stalking, harassment and dating violence.

A 2016 survey by SHARE found that 1 in 4 undergraduate females were victims of sexual misconduct, while 1 in 6 graduate females were victimized.

The ad says the new hire "recruits, trains, coaches, mentors, and supervises student peers and/or volunteers who will serve as role models for men-identified students related to the development of healthy relationships and healthy masculinity."

According to the ad, the new staff member also "leads and expands a violence prevention initiative, Men's Allied Voices for a Respectful and Inclusive Community (MAVRIC), promoting an environment for healthy male social development by challenging belief systems and social constructs that contribute to violence and offering alternative options."

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The MAVRIC Facebook page posted a racially charged statement on July 24: "When we say 'boys will be boys,' do we really mean 'powerful white men are allowed to hurt people in acts of spectacular selfishness?' Do we also imply a different standard for women and non-white men -- who should always 'take responsibility for their actions,' or be 'held accountable?'"

According to The College Fix, MAVRIC has said on Facebook that it opposes "toxic masculinity" and supports the feminist theory of "fragile masculinity."

The new employee will also create programs to challenge "gender stereotypes."

Princeton University’s communications office explained the new position to The College Fix in an email:

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Princeton’s program is similar to programs at other colleges and universities and is consistent with established best practices that encourage both men and women to create and foster a culture in which there is no place for interpersonal violence and where safe and healthy interpersonal relationships are the norm.

The position you reference seeks to strengthen Princeton’s efforts to prevent violence among all campus populations, with a focus on how we can best engage men as agents of positive change.

The person hired for this position will support an existing initiative -- Men’s Allied Voices for a Respectful and Inclusive Community – and will provide mentoring and guidance to help men serve as effective advocates for the prevention of violence and connect those affected by violence with the services and supports they need.

We have seen increased demand by men on our campus to play a more active role in preventing interpersonal violence, and we are pleased to support this growing interest.

Sources: The College Fix, SHARE, MAVRIC Project/Facebook, / Photo credit: Harshil Shah/Flickr, betancourt/Flickr (2)

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