Skip to comments.What’s a manbassador? Graduating MBA student shows the way
Posted on 05/20/2017 6:46:23 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
Patrick Ford, who graduates from UC Berkeley today with an MBA, is a standout at the Haas School of Business. Berkeley News recently talked with Ford about the origin of his mission, Guy Talk and other manbassador activities at Berkeley-Haas and post-graduation plans.
What is a manbassador, and where did the name and idea come from?
Manbassador is a more memorable name for the universal term male ally. A male ally is a man who works to end gender discrimination by supporting and being an advocate for women.
I started noticing and caring about gender equity as an undergrad. Some female colleagues pointed out that I tended to dominate conversations and speak over them. I felt pretty defensive at first: Why do I have to change? Why cant they just be more like me? But I came to realize that my unconscious bias and actions can unintentionally disempower people, and that making space for other voices beyond my own results in better ideas and happier colleagues.
How do you account for the popularity of the group, with a third of the male MBA students signing on?
I dont think any men getting their MBAs at Berkeley believe sexism is acceptable. The learning edge for me and my fellow male classmates has to do with better understanding our own unconscious biases, and how those play out in personal and professional settings.
Theres a growing awareness of how significantly unconscious bias affects our behavior even men with good intentions can have a negative impact. Many men are drawn toward wanting to better support their female friends, girlfriends, wives and daughters when theyre no longer blind to how women often have to deal with unfair situations. They are looking for tools, and the aim of the manbassador program is to provide them.
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The whole thing sounds like a clever ploy to get laid on campus.
So whose purse has his ‘nards?
Judging from what is going on in American colleges and universities and the “students” going through them, in fifteen years, this country will be gone....
Another instance where in reality, the label is the opposite of it’s real definition.
Beat me to it!
Not new.. I’ve heard other terms for this behavior.
in fifteen years, this country will be gone....
We are witnessing seismic cultural and demographic shifts in the country that do not bode well for our future.
I’m old, we used to call it pussy whipped in my day. Only we weren’t proud of it as would never wear a T Shirt admitting it.
Very good point. Labels like the “Affordable Health Care Act” come immediately to mind. Labels are mostly feel good terms designed to con people into accepting what they wouldn’t if they knew the truth.
bad thing about it is that it’s not only Berkeley...This kind of BS is happening at many schools....
Just what we need. More MBA’s destroying businesses coast to coast.
We used to call such "men" pussies. Weenies. Wimps. Twirps. Fairies.
You get the idea.
How a man adapts and survives in a male dominated dystopia.
Akin to how Christians in Shariah law societies and modern Muslim nations are the biggest apologists for Islamic regimes - it makes them safer and gives them a higher status.
They make Beta males look like Alphas by comparison.
Sounds like what parents used to say back in the 1960s during the flower power movement and all the other silly 60s fads. Then the hippies grew up to be establishment yuppies and settled down in suburban McMansions. Most of them anyway.
The reason it seems worse today is that we have an Internet in which millions of people are constantly seeking attention. People like these two young men wouldn't have gotten an inch of space in newspapers back then.
In reality, the youngsters of the 1960s were much wilder and had even loonier ideas.
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