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Men in Heels Fight Against Violence

Don’t be surprised if you see a large group of young men walking around campus in high heels on April 29th.

Penn State’s Men Against Violence will be hosting “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” in conjunction with the IFC, athletics, faculty, and staff two weeks from now as part of an awareness campaign against sexual assault and all violence against women. The event is set to take place at noon and will begin at Boucke building.

The Facebook event page proudly states that “By walking in high heels, men will begin to experience some of the pain that women go through. Are you man enough?”

High heels are available (in men’s sizes) to the first 100 registrants. For a fee of $10, all participants also get a Walk a Mile T-shirt. The registration form and money can be turned in at 204 Boucke. You also have to waive any responsibility for injury, in case you can’t handle walking in heels.

“In the hour we walk, it’s the pain we feel that women feel every day,” Men Against Violence President Tanner Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald said he won’t feel self-conscious about it, though.

“I’ll feel a little goofy at first, but there’ll be a bunch of other guys doing it, too.”

The idea came from seeing and hearing about the nation-wide event at other universities, Fitzgerald said.

The event is also sponsored by the Center for Women Students, UPUA, and UPAC.

If you feel man enough to don some heels and strut your stuff, get that registration form filled out and turned in. It should be a fun experience and quite a sight to see. Check out the video of Walk a Mile Toronto below.

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I'm a senior majoring in print journalism with minors in political science and music technology. I'm from the small town of Pennsburg, about an hour north of Philly. I hope to one day work as a music reporter for Rolling Stone. I am single and looking to mingle.

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