This flyer from Christian Men’s Network this morning, promoting a “new wave of men’s movement”. The usual stuff: authentic manhood, manhood and Christlikeness are synonymous. But what strikes me about this is that it has a rather Soviet look to it: that guy on the left with the tie could almost be Lenin.
The latest strangeness from the pen of R. Crumb is The Book of Genesis Illustrated: a grubby vision of biblical masculinity, to be sure.
In Numen, Old Men I write about the ridiculous lengths the men’s movement has often gone to demonstrate manliness and its appeal to archetypes. Today we read the sad, but somewhat inevitable news related to a Spiritual Warrior Event run by James Ray in which two people died after two hours in a sweat lodge. […]
Here’s an article that runs counter to the usual nonsense: A Manifesto for Radical Masculinity (warning, link may not be safe for work) by Sinclair Sexsmith at Carnal SF. Sexsmith asks the questions, “How can I be a feminist and be masculine? Does feminism devalue masculinity? Isn’t that the same problem as devaluing femininity? And […]
When I wrote Numen, Old Men I argued that while the mythopoetic men’s movement of the 1990s had lost much of its momentum, it nevertheless continued to have an effect on popular understandings of masculinity. One of the most problematic elements of the movement that I deconstruct is the King, Warrior, Magician and Lover archetypes […]
Undertaking archival research is always a time-warp, but none more so than with one’s own papers. From mine, which look old enough to be part of a long-dead person’s estate, I can see two persistent themes in my life. First, I have been trying to get an answer out of The Vatican since 1982 (when […]
In Numen, Old Men I highlight how the integral community replicates many of the problems of the wider men’s movement, and new examples keep on cropping up. This week sees the Male Sexuality and the Masculine Invitation for a workshop in Salt Lake City. The spiel reads: “For this 3-day weekend retreat at a beautiful, […]
I have just finished reading a review copy of the The Good Men Project, a collection of first-person stories about modern manhood. There is an accompanying DVD which can be previewed below. I will be publishing a full review in the next issue of Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality. It’s an interesting book. Hopefully, […]
In Numen, Old Men I point out the problems of appealing to men via archetypes of a combative nature. This morning I received an email newsletter from Majoring in Men, a men’s ministry aligned with Ed Cole’s Christian Men’s Network who are currently on mission (in every sense of the word) in East Africa. The […]
I can’t quite tell if the sword-wielding Catholic gentleman in the above video is joking or not when he complains about feminists and homosexuals making a mockery of modern men: I fear not. The sword is a recurring theme in men’s ministries, as I note in Numen, Old Men: ‘Once men have been released from […]