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Men and Meat II

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Yesterday I posted about the story “Women Prefer Meat Eaters” in Australian Men’s Fitness, and finished with a reference to a 2008 article in Sydney Anglicans about Australian men’s ministries and their use of meat-eating and butchery to appeal to men. I recently wrote about this in a new research article I have under review […]

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Numen, Old Men @ Men and the Goddess

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Richard over at Men and the Goddess has posted some very engaging (and challenging) comments in regard to the mythopoetic chapter of Numen, Old Men. I post them below, followed by my reply. Richard writes: I’m closely and carefully reading Joseph Gelfer’s book on “Contemporary Masculine Spiritualities and the Problem of Patriarchy” because he offers […]

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Sex and Gender in Jung’s Red Book

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In Numen, Old Men I have a good poke at those forms of men’s movement that claim to draw inspiration from Jung. These movements are called by numerous critics “neo-Jungian”: the “neo” suggesting they flirt with some Jungian themes rather than pursuing any Jungian orthodoxy (for example, Jungian scholar David Tacey charged the movement with […]

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Undercover at the ManKind Project

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I’m not one for reposting articles about masculinity, largely because it’s rare to find one worth reposting. However, a recent article in the Daily Mail (!) by Tom Mitchelson is an exception, My (very) weird weekend with the naked woodland warriors who travel to remote England to ‘reclaim their masculinity’. Mitchelson goes undercover at the […]

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Be Present Men’s Movement Pant

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Just yesterday I mentioned how a variety of countercultural themes can become commodified. How about this combination of masculinity, spirituality and commerce: the Be Present Men’s Movement Pant : According to the retailer Asana Activewear: ‘Be Present’s lightweight “Breathe Weave” Fabric, great for yoga or hot summer days!’. The rather queer ‘men’s bottoms department’ continues […]

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Big Flame and Eternal Return

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Fans of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica will be familiar with the concept of eternal return, in which the universe repeats itself with similar concerns. The show’s prophetic mantra is, “All this has happened before, and all this will happen again.” This was very much the feeling generated when reading through the very interesting archives of […]

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International Men’s Day

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November 19 is International Men’s Day, which has the following objectives: Celebrate manhood and the wonderful positive and valuable contributions our men, young men, and boys make to our communities and to our societies Promote and Support gender equality, encouraging men to address responsibly and positively the challenges facing them in society Demonstrate strength of […]

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Dallas Men’s Event

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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.