UWO Women’s Center

Campus Center for Equity & Diversity
717 W. Irving Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

(920) 424-0963

Spring 2024 Hours

Monday 11:00am-8:00pm
Tuesday 11:00am-8:00pm
Wednesday 11:00am-8:00pm
Thursday 11:00am-8:00pm
Friday 11:00am-4:00pm

Masculinity Initiatives

Are you ready to challenge man box culture at UW Oshkosh?

Masculinity Monday Discussions

Through discussions on masculinity, we seek to:

  1. Increase understanding of how hegemonic masculinity sustains gender inequity;
  2. Increase understanding of hegemonic masculinity as a form of sexism;
  3. Explore models of masculinity that challenge sexism and gender inequity;
  4. Recognize how intersectionality shapes masculinity; and
  5. Promote healthy models of masculinity at UW Oshkosh and in society.

Masculinity Monday discussions are currently suspended.

Advance-Titan article about Masculinity Monday: Women’s Center hosts discussion about masculinity in the White House

“We want everyone on this campus to be successful and to have a really positive experience. What the research shows is that toxic notions of masculinity can impede or interfere with that success with everything from mental health to academic success.”
-Dr. Alicia Johnson, Director of the Women’s Center

Voices of Titan Men

Voices of Titan Men is an interactive call-to-action to promote healthy masculinity on campus.

Fall 2022 Event:

Voices of Titan Men with Guante
Wednesday, November 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Reeve 212
This call-to-action event will fuse spoken word and participant dialogue. Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre will perform several of his poetry pieces that explore the relationships between identity, power, and resistance. Each performance will be followed by roundtable discussions. He will also help participants deconstruct traditional notions of masculinity, challenge dominant narratives related to race and racism, and cultivate a deeper, more critical engagement with social justice issues, one based in both empathy and agency.

Kyle Tran Myhre is a poet, educator, and activist based in Minneapolis, MN. An educator as well as a performing artist, Tran Myhre completed his Masters studies at the University of Minnesota with a focus on spoken word, critical pedagogy, and social justice education.

Past keynotes:

  • 2021: Reimagining Masculinity [Panel discussion with UWO men-identified staff.]
  • 2020: No event held.
  • 2019: Tiq Milan
  • 2018: Guante
  • 2017: Brenda Tracy

What is healthy masculinity?

Men Can Stop Rape describes healthy masculinity as:

  • recognizing unhealthy aspects of masculinity that are harmful to the self and others;
  • empathizing with the self and others;
  • supporting gender equity and other forms of equity;
  • replacing harmful risky and violence masculine attitudes and behaviors  with emotional intelligent attitudes and behaviors that respect the self and others; and
  • learning and using social and emotional skills to constructively challenge unhealthy masculine attitudes and behaviors.

Suggested Readings and Viewings: