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Real Men Pray the Rosary

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A nod to Nathan Hitchcock who spotted the story Contemporary Catholics Retool Rosary in the Wall Street Journal. The article is about Real Men Pray the Rosary, a Catholic organization out to reclaim manliness in using the rosary. In Numen, Old Men I noted that the rosary was a crucial theme in the then-unidentified Catholic […]

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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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Lastest review of Numen, Old Men

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A reasonable review of Numen, Old Men in the British Association for the Study of Religions Bulletin (No. 115, 2009, p. 20): This book is an insightful and useful work particularly suited to our emerging postdualist times. In it Gelfer explores the spectrum of ideas related to male spirituality and concludes that most previous views […]

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Joe Perez: outtake

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Further to the previous post about Perez’s article: when I originally wrote Numen, Old Men I included a few thoughts about Perez’s book Soulfully Gay, but they didn’t make the final draft. I really wanted to like Perez’s book, because of the importance of bringing gay (i.e. counterhegemonic) voices to the integral table, but I […]

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A Manifesto for Radical Masculinity

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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 […]