| by Mark Tappan

An op-ed by Professor of Education Mark Tappan calls for resistance to Donald Trump’s “toxic masculinity,” noting its perpetrators and sources, while also pointing to examples of healthy masculinity. “White working-class men are suffering, economically, socially, and physically,” Tappan writes in the Portland Press Herald Oct. 23, and their allegiance to Trump stems from “fear and shame and self-silencing … learned at a very young age that other boys and men will judge us as inadequate, weak, cowardly, ‘soft,’ and ‘feminine’ if we don’t suck it up and play along.” As an antidote, Tappan points to male public figures who denounced Trump’s behavior and to young Colby graduates who “who embody forms of healthy masculinity” and “who are leaders in sexual violence prevention and social justice efforts.”