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Where is Men's Work Going?

Questions about the future direction of the Men's Movement

The purpose of the articles in this section is to stimulate discussion on a number of significant topics. We invite you to join the discussiion, by sending letters to the editor (by e-mail or snail-mail) or, better yet, by writing an article of about 800 words, for publication in our hardcopy magazine and in this magark. You can reach us at berthoff@comcast.net Editor berthoff@comcast.net


Special Issues: Where is Men's Work Going?

In March and April, 1995 we published two Special Issues on Where is Men's Work Going? We had recently interviewed Shepherd Bliss, one of the early men in Men's Work. He raised questions about the future direction of Men's Work. Similar concerns were raised at the 4th Annual Wingspan Men's Leaders Conference in November,1994. Andre Heuer, who has been active in bringing Men's Work into prisons and who has written for us, is spearheading a team of five or seven men around the country who bring interesting perspectives to this theme.

The articles discuss issues of the shadow side of Men's Work, Men's Work and social justice, whether Men's Work is inclusive enough of minorities and gays, the importance of an ecological focus, issues around the use of Native American traditions, and other topics.

We invite you to read these articles, discuss them in your men's group or local gathering of men, and to respond with a letter to the editor or an article. (see How can I be a part of this?) Responses will be published in our hardcopy magazine and on this magark, in order to keep the discussion going. You can reach us at berthoff@comcast.net Editor berthoff@comcast.net


Shepherd Bliss' interview in the Special Issue, questioning the focus on the Warrior archetype in Men's Work, raised a lot of comment on both sides of the issue. Shepherd reports that these comments helped change and deepen some of this thinking. His latest thinking is in Beyond the Warrior: Coming Home to the Land in our January 1996 issue.

In our February 1996 issue Guest Editor Andre Heuer reviews responses to the Special Issues series, and speculates further on trends in Men's Work. Click here to see his reflections.

Men and Therapy: Start of A Discussion

Our May 1995 issue contains an article by Patrick Wharton, raising issues about men and therapy. It is apparent from the story that his experience has not been positive. We print his point of view not because we agree (or disagree) with it, but in order to stimulate discussion on this important topic. We hope to get responses from therapists and from non-therapists - men who have benefitted from therapy, men whose experience with therapy has not been positive, and men who are reluctant to go to a therapist. We will publish responses in our hardcopy magazine and on this magark.

Responses: A Druid in the Hut, Guidlines for Choosing a Therapist, by George T. Lynn.

That Damn Therapy, by Lee Woods.

After O.J.: An Open Call to the Men's Movement

Mike Dash, a founding member of Seattle Men Against Sexual Harassment and member of Seattle NOW, who is also active in mythopoetic Men's Work, issued a call in our November 1994 issue for men to become more activist. Dash's article precipitated a thoughful response from Wahhab Baldwin. Jon Pielmeier, who operates the Men's Information Network bulletin board in Seattle,also responded to Mike Dash, seeking ways for men and women to oppose all violence. " I condemn violence directed towards women and support the work that is being done to help female victims of violence. I believe that we need to augment the work being done by supporting male victims as well."

Drumming

Is drumming a part of Men's Work? Not all men agree, even if the mass media portray us as running out into the woods and beating on drums. George Parks, Seattle M.E.N.'s Program Coordinator, wrote a thoughtful piece The Voice of the Drum, which was published in the anthology Wingspan: Inside the Men's Movement and in our magazine. Monte Kreps, a leader in the Seattle M.E.N. Writer's Group (a sort of "editorial committee" for the magazine) is uncomfortable with the drumming at men's gatherings. He tells why in Other Levels of Drumming.

Native American traditions and Men's Work.

Question has been raised about the use of drumming, the "talking stick," sweat lodges, and other practices derived from, or attributed to, Native American Traditions. Our Native American Traditions section has an interview with Wallace Black Elk and point-counterpoint articles, as well as reviews of books on this topic can be found on our Native American Traditions page.


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