Who defines what it means to be a man? As boys grow up in our culture, they are bombarded with images and messages about this topic from many different sources: movies, advertisements, parents, and peers, to name just a few. Perhaps one of the… continue reading Men, Sports, and the Culture of Masculinity
Over our many years of working with clients at the Men’s Resource Center, we have found that just about every man struggles with what it means to be a “real” man. Many have been traumatized by the aggressive process of male socialization common in… continue reading What it Means to be a “Real” Man
Women often ask why it is men do the things they do and act the way they act. Charlie Donaldson MA, LLP, LPC and I are writing a book that we hope will help women better understand the men in their lives. And we’d… continue reading A Survey for Women about Men
Jovan Belcher’s murder of Kasandra Perkins and his subsequent suicide is yet another tragic story of lethal domestic violence; man kills woman then turns gun on himself, only to leave an orphaned infant daughter. How many times are we going to hear about these… continue reading Male Socialization: How it Can Destroy Lives
For many years research has stated that violence toward women is propelled by man’s need for power and control. In Hanna Rosin’s new book, “The End of Men,” she makes the case that men are losing power and significance in a world that requires… continue reading Is the End of Domestic Violence in Sight?
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
Asking for Help Men we work with often get hung up on the notion of asking for help. They perceive it is weak or not masculine. They feel fearful about being judged and they anticipate embarrassment or worse humiliation. The image we offer men… continue reading Support Groups for Men Provide the Benefits of Being Connected
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?
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
As society evolves and changes, so must men. The fittest men in the new millennium will need to be in touch with and know how to manage their interior world as much as they have been masters at their exterior world… continue reading Violent Acts Reflect Broader Issues