The Men’s Resource Center of West Michigan offers the Men and Soul Work men’s retreat in which we explore the costs of living and maintaining the masculine mystique.
Male socialization is the process in which boys learn how they are supposed to think, feel, and behave as men. Manliness is equated with being tough, strong, aggressive, and powerful, and always in control. Boys get called names such as weak, wuss, or sissy when they behave outside the masculine box. They are disrespected and ostracized. The pressure to fit in is huge. The result? Males squash their humanity and starve their souls.