The Vermont Connection


Travis Anan


Movements to engage college men as activists and allies working to end sexual assault have become increasingly prevalent in U.S. colleges (Barone, Wolgemuth, & Linder, 2007; Berkowitz, 1994, 2002, 2004; Fabiano, Perkins, Berkowitz, Linkenbach, & Stark, 2003). Unfortunately, studies have shown that college men who are involved in breaking down gender norms and working to end sexual assault face being ostracized by their peers (Antill, 1987; Archer, 1984; Barone, Wolgemuth, & Linder, 2007, McCreary, 1994). The author will make an argument elucidating the importance for student affairs practitioners to foster an environment that is supportive of men who do not subscribe to hegemonic masculine ideals to keep them involved in the struggle to eliminate sexual assault as a reality.