UVA Health Center Hiring ‘Masculinity Specialist’
The University of Virginia Health Center is in the process of hiring for its inaugural “Masculinity Specialist,” who will fight “toxic concepts of masculinity” in the effort to promote overall student health.
According to a recent job application, the “Masculinity Specialist” — otherwise known as the “Health Promotion Specialist” — will work out of the school’s Health Center, which is funded by taxpayer subsidies and tuition dollars.
The new hire must have a “demonstrated commitment to incorporating intersectionality of multiple identities (i.e. race, gender, class, etc.) as a core tenet of one's approach to violence prevention,” and also working knowledge of “toxic concepts of masculinity.”
While it’s unclear what exactly this specialist will do once hired, it appears that the he/she/they will develop programming (perhaps mandatory workshops for incoming male freshmen?) aimed especially at “all-male student organizations.”
PJ Media reached out to U.Va. to ask why “masculinity” itself is being targeted as a risk factor for student health (in this case: sexual assault and hazing), but did not receive a response despite multiple email and phone calls.
Students reached by PJ Media have mixed views on the position.
U.Va. student Ben Grimmelbein, 19, said he was supportive of efforts to combat sexual assault, but didn’t think the new position would be effective.