New Masculinities

Traditional masculinity faces several issues: it doesn’t adjust with reality; it leads towards unhealthy identities and hinders the development of equality.

For decades now, we have witnessed the evolution of the debate on gender equality and the fight against gender-based violence. We see how feminine roles have started to diversify, but we rarely focus on the role that men are playing in all this. In order for change to be real it is key that we, as men and as the other half of the population, feel engaged and start taking action on our masculinity.

By carrying out self-criticism on both a personal and collective level, we discover that we are the product of our time and our culture, and that this may have led us to develop certain behaviors that are contributing to perpetuate inequality, whether willingly or not.

It is time for us to rethink our position as men in society, to give way to concrete actions that move us away from machismo and that bring us closer to a masculinity model that embraces progress, cohabitation and the wellbeing of both the ones who surround us and ourselves.

What is your team going to learn in this MOOC?

In this course they will review the stereotypes that have traditionally defined masculinity, they will discover other ways to build healthier identities for both themselves and the people around them.

By means of videos, practical exercises and readings, they will be invited to reflect on matters such as power, unequal relationships, violence or the impact of traditional masculinity on society. Also, they will be given the tools to change these patriarchal models and to advance towards diversity in order to reach real equality.

Here are the contents that make up this MOOC on New Masculinities:

  • Identity building processes
  • The traditional masculinity model
  • Unequal relationships
  • Tools to dismantle gender-based violence
  • Key elements for real reconciliation
  • The challenges of the new masculinities

About the expert:

erik pescador

Erick Pescador is a sociologist and sexologist specialized in gender equality and prevention of gender-based violence. Teacher and trainer of teachers, public servants, sanitary personnel, social functionaries and associations, he has developed his own training program on “present and co-responsible paternities” addressed to men.