Take Back the Night hosted a masculinity panel on Tuesday night in the Strite Conference Center to begin a week of events that raise awareness on sexual violence.
The panel was facilitated by Deanna Durham and included Junior Jonathan Estrada, Senior Jordan Luther and Junior Everett Brubaker while staff members Carl Stauffer and Jered Lyons rounded out the five.
The event gave the men a chance to discuss how they viewed masculinity and how their views have shaped them.
“I was interested in participating because I feel like EMU has changed my views so much on what it means to be a man and this gave me the opportunity to really express that and engage in it.” added Estrada.
As the panel got underway, upwards of forty people were in attendance, and an air of anxiousness was prevalent throughout the crowd.
Deanna Durham began the discussion by asking questions that the Take Back the Night committee agreed on beforehand. That said, the committee allowed for plenty of freedom as far as how the men chose to answer the questions.
There was also a chance at the end for those in attendance to ask questions.
Carl Stauffer led the panel when he made a comment that remained relevant throughout the night.
“I define masculinity as being strong in gentleness and gentle in strength.”
The men worked through some awkward silences as they thought about their answers, but as they answered, they were met with nods of agreement from the crowd comprised equally of both men and women.
-Adam T. Posey, Staff Writer; photo credit, Ellen Roth