Perspectives from a male ally...
My name is Emmett McIntyre. I’m a senior Health Science major and I am a male ally. For me, being a male ally means reaching out to other men to discuss and educate about our role in society, especially exploring the definition of masculinity, our relationships with other men, as well as our relationships with women. I recently started working in the Women’s Resource Center though in the past I have spent quite a bit of time in the Center studying, as well as attending and helping with events. The event that has had the most impact on me is Take Back the Night, which is an evening spent looking at the effect of rape and sexual assault on the survivors and working to empower attendees to fight for everyone’s safety on the streets.
Men play an important role in the Women’s Resource Center because we are a privileged group and it is essential for men to understand how our position in society affects women and also men in general and in minority groups. The WRC strives to make everyone feel safe and welcome to learn and discuss relationships, gender role expectations, and societal pressures. It is also incredibly important for everyone to be involved in conversations surrounding gender, dating, and sexual violence and how to combat aggression.
The WRC provides a safe, comfortable environment for everyone and all are encouraged to spend time in the Center, joining discussions and attending events, or even studying and hanging out. Being in the Women’s Resource Center for even a small amount of time can expose you to ideas you may never have thought of. Take the time to expand your mind.