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Grrrr My Alma Mater Declares Masculinity a Mental Health Problem May 3, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, family, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.

Yeah UT, you just go ahead and call me all the time begging for money.  You can be sure I’d be just ecstatic to throw a bunch of money at an organization that thinks my very existence is problematic at best, and that probably it would be best to be eradicated.

There was Leftism at UT nearly 30 years ago when I was there, but it was not so institutionalized nor so institutionally dominant.  The entire administrative apparatus, which has grown to be larger in number and consume much more budget than academics (at least, of the normal academics budget separate from non-programmed revenues for particular research projects), is overwhelmingly leftist.  So, when the campus Counseling and Mental Health Center (staffed by incompetent quacks 30 years ago, I doubt its improved much since then) takes on masculinity, you can be sure it’s going to be from a radical SJW perspective:

The Counseling and Mental Health Center at the University of Texas at Austin recently launched a new program to help male students “take control over their gender identity and develop a healthy sense of masculinity.”

Treating masculinity as if it were a mental health crisis, “MasculinUT” is organized by the school’s counseling staff and most recently organized a poster series encouraging students to develop a “healthy model of masculinity.”

The program is predicated on a critique of so-called “restrictive masculinity.” [Who made them God and let them define normal healthy masculine qualities as “restrictive” or harmful?] Men, the program argues, suffer when they are told to “act like a man” or when they are encouraged to fulfill traditional gender roles, such as being “successful” or “the breadwinner.” [Yes, what a hell is created when men are successful and provide for their families]

Though you might enjoy “taking care of people” or being “active,” MasculinUTwarns that many of these attributes are actually dangerous, claiming that “traditional ideas of masculinity place men into rigid (or restrictive) boxes [which]… prevent them from developing their emotional maturity.” [Translation – “traditional ideas of masculinity prevent men from acting like women, which is what we want, and so is undesirable.  ‘Emotional maturity’ =  feminization.”]

Dear UT, you’ll never see a dime, nor any of my kids.

So who still thinks feminism as a movement and as it is commonly implemented has not metastasized into a female supremacy movement which operates from a paradigm that masculine characteristics = bad and (false, leftist conceptions of) feminine characteristics = good? Furthermore, how much of this is suffused with anti-Christian notions of hatred for the Father which in reality means God?  Yes yes not all those who call themselves think this way but the thought leaders do, the institutional powers increasingly do, and the movement is trending heavily in this direction. What else is the “pay gap” all about, except to result in women making more than men per hour or per task in order to make up for preponderance of fewer hours worked by women and fewer jobs performed, but still resulting in an equal W-2 at the end of the year?


1. Tim - May 3, 2018

As far as I’m concerned, I paid in full long ago The University of Pittsburgh and Iowa State University for services rendered. Why do they think I or anyone would want to give them more, even if they weren’t in the soul destroying business. Entitled, ivory tower, egghead, leftist idiots who wouldn’t last a day in the private sector.

2. Mary Anne - May 3, 2018

Take Heart!! It’s part of the attack on the family. The feminists won’t stop until we’re all dead. Stay at home Mothers, Good Fathers who work and provide for their families and even little children are under the gun. LGTTQ is being taught. You’re a good man. Nice to see a real man!!

3. Baseballmomof8 - May 3, 2018

Have to admit I was surprised a bit to see this in Texas… figured that would start in the northeast… or perhaps South Bend…

Tantumblogo - May 3, 2018

Austin is really bad. First, it’s always been liberal, but tens of thousands of northern Californians (San Jose/Francisco) have moved there in the past 10-15 years. UT has always had a strong contingent of leftists but it used to have a not quite as large, but still very substantial conservative element but I don’t know if that is still present.

c matt - May 7, 2018

When I was there for Reagan’s win against Mondale, I and one other person were the only ones cheering after each state election result was announced. Needless to say, we were hoarse after the first 29 state results. The remainder of the patrons at the packed on-campus pub (The Student Union IIRC) was rather silent. Good times.

4. Amy - May 3, 2018

Just curious… are there any good colleges left to send our children to? I know homeschooling is a big thing to protect our kids… but will this get them a job in the near future (STEM related)?

As an aside… yes, UT Austin is VERY liberal, and will never be attended by any of our kids. But… what about UT Dallas… especially if they can live at home and commute?

Tantumblogo - May 3, 2018

Our daughter is going to UD. Not UTD, but UD. All the colleges are penetrated with leftism but having your kids live at home while attending can be a huge amelioration of that danger. Depending on what subject matter your kids want to follow, there are some good Catholic options and some less dangerous secular ones. UTD and UTA (Arlington) are not bad if your kids can live at home. UD is a good option for a local Catholic university. Most of the best Catholic options are far away and some are expensive. Wyoming Catholic College is very good, as is Christendom, Thomas Aquinas in San Diego, Mary Magdalene in New Hampshire, and a few others. Benedictine and Ave Maria are probably a notch below that top tier (UD is also probably in that second tier).

Amy - May 3, 2018

What is she studying? We looked into UD, but it seems to get STEM/engineering, we have to co-enroll (pay twice) to get the engineering classes that our son needs to graduate with an engineering major? It seems it makes more sense to just enroll in the secular college and let him know up front that he can’t trust the professors for moral guidance and that we should look to the Catechism for that?

Tantumblogo - May 3, 2018

Yes there is no engineering major at UD – they kinda have a program but it is run through UD. I don’t think the tuition is quite twice as much but we didn’t look into it.

My daughter is going to major in physics. They do have a program for that. She also got a very substantial scholarship.

Camper - May 4, 2018

I’ve heard the sciences, like everything at UD, is quite tough when it comes to grading. A very good place from which to graduate when it comes to graduate school, even if UD does have serious moral problems.

Tim - May 4, 2018

The best Catholic option, bar none, is tge 1st 2 years at St. Marys College in St. Marys, Kansas. No Novus Ordo contamination, totally traditional. Then the student is taught how to think properly and is inoculated against the secular universities and “Catholic” colleges.

c matt - May 7, 2018

to be fair, UT (and Austin in general) has always been pretty liberal. BUT, even though I would never give them a dime over the tuition I already paid, you could “survive” as a non-liberal (not sure if currently). If you are in the business or science schools, you didn’t see a lot of the liberal bs. Sure, you had to take history and other required courses taught by leftists (how else would they fill their classes?), but just spit back what they want to hear and you will do fine. Learn real history through the internet if you are so inclined. At least when I was there, you could pretty much avoid “Imperial Entanglement” for the most part. One advantage of being big is you can go through virtually unnoticed.

Yes, it’s not right and it’s a pain, but a UT business degree still carries some weight in the working world (I don’t know about STEM), and it’s only four years. But sure, don’t give them an extra penny above tuition.

Tantumblogo - May 7, 2018

Oh, materially speaking, a degree from UT carries a great deal of weight. In my experience, with an engineering degree, maybe even more weight than from a&m – because engineers are expected from there, but not so much from UT, so it’s like a “wow” factor. Or used to be for me, getting kinda old for that now.

Hey, my wife and I made it through there. But it’s worse today, many kids are not as resilient or able to resist heavy pressure (maybe?), and if there are other alternatives that are spiritually safer, I think many parents would feel much more comfortable availing themselves of those alternatives.

But single 18 year old girls do turn up pregnant at Wyoming Catholic, and they do become shaved head pagan wiccans at Benedictine. It’s a hard call and there are very few safe alternatives, though I think the kids living at home during college is one of the safest. Provided you don’t smother them a la Peterson’s tyrannical mother, which I do see around every now and then in trad families.

David - May 8, 2018


Well put response – thank you. My mother asked me about 7 years ago if my alma mater was a “party school.” I said (and remember I was a returning college student in my mid twenties) “Mom, had I been looking for it (the party atmosphere) I am sure I could have found it. However, as a retread who knew the importance of school (I had a dose of real life) , I wasn’t looking for a party.” I think that’s true for just about any school.

Camper - May 10, 2018

Dear Tantum, Unless you have heard stories of pregnant women at Wyoming Catholic or pagans coming out of Benedictine, it might be better not to say that. Have you really heard such evidence?

Camper - May 4, 2018

TAC and UD probably have the best academics, but at UD there is no dress code. Not an appropriate place for young men, and one has to question a woman who would want to go to a school with no dress code too. Some also recommend Christendom, but I don’t know much about them. If you want to do engineering, you have a hard row to slog. UD has an engineering program that runs through a local university. It requires a lot of liberal arts classes which would be very good for your child’s mind and soul. America’s schools all have problems of some stripe. UD might be best for a Catholic who wants rigorous engineering, but if Benedictine has a dress code, it should be preferred.
I also second the idea that A&M is going to the dogs. Not sure what happened down there, but the winds there have definitely changed. It is a government university and is going the way all government universities go.

Camper - May 4, 2018

Be sure to get the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s guide “Choosing the Top 100 Colleges”. It’s indispensable. The Newman Guide is not very good because it wasn’t written by a very smart person, but the ideas it does have are good.

David - May 4, 2018

I have donated some money to Christendom. They have a dress code, camps for prospective students, and single sex residence halls. It’s expensive, but they have several good programs. Also, if a student enters the priesthood or religious life after graduation (and is either ordained or professes final vows) student loans are forgiven.

Honestly, I have visited UD from time to time for public Mass at the seminary. I have had female friends who were UD grads from the 1990s. The majority of the women I have seen on campus are properly dressed. I would think most of the male students who are seeking marriage would find UD a good place to find a spouse.

Years ago, I had a coworker who went to a state college in Southern California. He said some students particularly in the summer would come to class straight from the beach. There was more than one professor who had to tell students, both male and female, to please put on a shirt.

Camper - May 6, 2018

Dear David,
Some good points, but we shouldn’t compare ourselves to heathens to determine our behavior; we should consider what God wants from us. I was on UD’s campus once (not too long ago), and the standards were very bad. Several women on campus were in very short shorts. In our vile culture, Catholic schools have to be very strict to keep filth out, and in my experience, UD doesn’t do it. Men cannot go to a place in which a lot of women wear short shorts. It isn’t good enough if most women are decently dressed. God’s standards, not the standards of men.
I did read recently about the curriculum of Christendom, and it did have some good points, but TAC blows all of them out of the water in everything except job studies like engineering or nursing. That’s the only reason to pick UD, and not a good enough one.

5. NickD - May 3, 2018

Texas A&M is probably about where tu was 10-15 years ago… In the process of internalizing and institutionalizing leftism/progressivism. Sadly, it’s no longer on the “10 least LGBTQWERTY friendly campuses” blacklist, but at least Planned Parenthood terms Brazos County the “least choice friendly” in the US.

The current President, Michael Young, seems to be the driver of the leftism. Most notably, he reportedly ensured that an open homosexual would Student Body President this year (the first in that position) due to a campaign law technicality, over the votes of the student body. *spit*

I think A&M does still have the distinction of being the largest university in a “red” county, though

NickD - May 3, 2018

PS: they’ll be getting no money from me once I’m gainfully employed. Is a cool 100 grand not enough?

Amy - May 3, 2018

Oh NickD… that was our other choice, given its conservative bent! Tell us it isn’t true!

NickD - May 4, 2018

I wish I could! Yes, the student body is more religious than average (higher rates of consistent prayer and church-going) but even over the last few years, my perception is that there are events, seminars, etc that attack masulinity, a healthy mindset re: sexuality and the like. At this point, it certainly along the lines of t.u.- i.e., the above described initiative, students toting “sex aids” to protest campus carry, and so on. At this point, at least, it seems like a “what you make of it,” hit-or-miss type of thing- find the right people and question the authority figures frequently.

I will say that the relatively new pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas, a “permanent resident” parish in College Station, is making great strides in ensuring orthodoxy and in “traditionalist NG” the liturgy: he wears proper vestments and the biretta, uses the Bendictine alatar arrangement (which is as much as can be done, with the current bishop’s attitudes), and offers a monthly TLM on certain feasts/solemnities. He would offer the TLM Sundays if he wasn’t the only priest at the parish, and already at the canonical limit for Masses per day. St. Mary’s, the university parish, though it is criticizable in its own way, has a new pastor, who seems to be slowly, *slowly* correcting some of the excesses–not to the point of heresy or false teaching, but more in praxis and devotion–that took root under previous pastors (one of whom is, for better or worse (it’s for worse) is now busy dismantling traditional communities in a certain diocese in Tulsa).

All in all, a very mixed bag.

NickD - May 4, 2018

Please excuse the typos; posting from mobile

David - May 4, 2018

I am an Aggie from the 1990s (’94). Came in as a retread student after spending a few years working. Planned to frog into the Corps, but since the Air Force was downsizing after the Gulf War (arrived fall ’91), my chances of getting a commission were slim. I was an engineering major too, and one of the only non veteran male transfer students in my engineering class.

Anyhow, I met a few students who encouraged me to go to the St. Mary’s Catholic Student Center, and I am glad I did. Many of us learned the “nuts and bolts ” of Catholicism. Quite a few vocations came from there – attended the ordination of two buddies, and several fruitful traditional marriages came from there too. Had I frogged into the Corps, even as a D and C cadet, I might have drifted into Protestantism. The Catholic Student Center was a huge help.

I have also heard that both Texas Tech (known for engineering) and Baylor have good Catholic Student Centers. As for the University of Texas at Austin, I have heard some parishes in the area have some solid groups that students visit (St. Austin?), and the Cathedral does a Sunday TLM at 3:30 pm. Most Catholics I met who attended college in Austin tell me they went to Mass off campus.

6. Margaret Costello - May 3, 2018

Doesn’t make sense. How can masculinity be wrong when every lesbian is trying to be/act like a man? And a “masculine” one at that? Is masculinity only wrong for actual men? But ok for women? These people are delusional.

And yes, I always wondered how schools had the nerve to just ask us to send them free money just for the heck of it after charging us out the wazoo for at best a so-so education.

If I had kids I wouldn’t send them near ANY four year secular college….and most Catholic ones to boot. I would have them do their Liberal Arts Core (two years worth of courses that are transferable if you work/get the ok from the four year school you will end up at) at an online college that I would approve. They would learn AND live at home and I would eyeball every syllabus and text book. And my kids would only go to college if they had the actual aptitude and an applied skill (STEM). The rest I would test for their skill sets, look into trade schools, train them on computers and most importantly, infuse them with reason, logic and historical fact with a huge dose of Traditional Catholicism:+)

I worked in College Admissions and was a Transfer Counselor for 5.5 years. Back then I believed in the lie of four year college education…now? No way. Waste of time and huge amounts of money. Most people end up in sales, customer service or admin jobs. Teaching any kid to learn how to be a faithful Catholic and entrepreneur is your best gift to them:+)

7. Tim - May 4, 2018

8. Camper - May 7, 2018

Maybe the administration at UT should be declared to have mental illness collectively. Does anybody think that that would stick?

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