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Manhood

29 September, 2005 11:27 PM

Matt Glover has started a series of posts over at his blog on the topic of Manhood. He's working through a book by Steve Biddulph called Manhood.

It starts with a post titled 'The Problem' (I can just imagine what fun some will have with a title like that on the topic of Manhood..... but I digress.

His second post is Seven Steps to Manhood.

Looks like an interesting series to follow.

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If I wanted to read more of your stuff, especially on The Emerging Church, and the like, where on the Web would I go?

mattharmless » 15 October, 2005 7:01 AM

I'm an author who is also working on the issue of Manhood and especially the topic of men helping boys on their journey to manhood. I'm looking for male contributors willing to answer questions on the topic. If men are interested, they can go to either the research site at: http://man-making.com or to my blog on the topic at: http://journeytomanhood.blogspot.com/
I'd very much appreciate links to these sites. Thanks Earl Hipp

Earl Hipp » 19 October, 2005 2:42 AM

Most of the book consists of Gilmore's summary of anthropological studies of "primitive" cultures, and these accounts are reasonably interesting in themselves, and good background for readers interested in subjects like evolutionary psychology. I respect the author as being objective. I also accept his conclusion, that most of the traditional values associated with manhood had their genesis in the needs of society, e.g. for protection. I presume he writes about the Mediterranean ideals of machismo (in one of the less interesting chapters) rather than Middle Eastern ideals because he was more comfortable with them, but it does not take a feminist to believe some of the concepts of manhood were used to oppress women. Gilmore does not sufficiently distinguish between the origin of values, and their functionality within changed environments, or between the core values and their subsequent distortion. Most provocative were the two studies of cultures in which all the "normal" concepts of manhood are lacking: does this really show there is no genetic basis for gender differences, or that neither genetics or environment by itself determines behavior? Pablo

katrin » 3 November, 2005 8:28 PM

Thank you for this much needed site. I will be a facilitator at an annual Call to Manhood Rites of Passage Introduction Ceremony on November 18, 19 and 20th, of 2005. Please send any information that will help me to reach the hearts and minds of 250 young black men between the ages of 12 and 17. I may not have this opportunity to reach so many again.
Peace and Blessings
Mustafa F. Mahdi

Mustafa F. Mahdi » 13 November, 2005 11:26 PM

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