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Is Masculinity Under Attack In Our Society?

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During a Bill Moyers PBS interview with Robert Bly, a young man asked the question, "Where are the initiated men of power today?" We are facing a crisis in masculine identity of vast proportions. Increasingly, observers of the contemporary scene– sociologists, anthropologists and depth psychologists– are discovering the devastating dimensions of this phenomenon, which affects each of us personally as much as it affects our society as a whole.
 
We can look at family systems and see the breakdown of the traditional family. More and more families display the sorry fact of the disappearing father. This disappearance, through either emotional or physical abandonment, or both, wreaks psychological devastation on the children of both sexes. The weak or absent father cripples both his daughters’ and his sons’ ability to achieve their own gender identity and to relate in an intimate and positive way with members both of their own sex and the opposite sex.
 
But it is our belief and experience that we can’t just point in any simple way to the disintegration of modern family systems, important as this is, to explain the crisis in masculinity. We have to look at two other factors that underlie this very disintegration.
 
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