Men’s Support Groups Help with Grief and Loss

Helping men deal with grief and loss is particularly challenging. This is, in part, because extensive male socialization and training has taught men that they should bury those emotions, “suck it up,” or otherwise dismiss what they feel. This can cause a man to… continue reading Men’s Support Groups Help with Grief and Loss

Why don’t the Rules of Football transfer to the Game of Life?

The Penn State sexual abuse scandal is a sad testament as to how the rules for the game of football sometimes don’t transfer to the Game of Life. In football, young men are taught to follow the rules or they will get penalized and… continue reading Why don’t the Rules of Football transfer to the Game of Life?

After the heinous murders in Norway: A plea for a national alliance of men

In the lead article of his consistently excellent magazine, Voice Male, Rob Okun recently decried the recent murders in Norway and wrote of his frustration that the media still does not “connect the dots,” failing to recognize violence is a result of male socialization… continue reading After the heinous murders in Norway: A plea for a national alliance of men

Where’s the Outrage When Adolescent Boys are Sexually Exploited in Media?

I am alarmed that we’ve heard very little outrage at the normalization of an adult woman having sex with an adolescent boy as seen in the academy award winning movie The Reader. This lack of anger speaks to the gender-constructed sexuality in our culture.… continue reading Where’s the Outrage When Adolescent Boys are Sexually Exploited in Media?

Who’s the (New) Man? A Son’s Lessons for His Father about Masculinity Today

We live in a society where historically, real men are supposed to be autonomous, athletic and strong while not showing emotions, dependency, or vulnerability. In this meditation on a father’s struggle with old and new ideas about masculinity, Randy Flood examines his relationship with his son… continue reading A Son’s Lessons for His Father about Masculinity Today

Gender — Not Race — is Biggest Factor in Violent Behavior

Gender socialization is the process in which young people learn how they are supposed to think, feel, and behave as men and women. There are many causative variables discussed in the analysis of violent criminal behavior, but the one that remains invisible is the toxicity of male socialization… continue reading Gender — Not Race — is Biggest Factor in Violent Behavior

Center Hopes to Redefine What it Means to Be a Man

Boys will be boys. American culture says they play rough, love sports, hate dolls and don’t cry if they get hurt — unless they’re sissies. If they grow properly into real men, they’re strong and successful and good providers and don’t empty dishwashers… continue reading Center Hopes to Redefine What it Means to Be a Man