7.22.2010

Shooting at Men's Work

"The media has tried to paint things differently. The most powerful enemies of men's openness are the corporate men. Three or four years ago there were hundreds of posters in New York one spring saying, "You don't need to beat a drum or hug a tree to be a man." At the bottom: "Dewar's Whiskey." The corporate world dares to say to young men, knowing how much young men want to be men, that the only requirement for manhood is to become an alcoholic. That's disgusting. It's a tiny indication of the ammunition aimed at men who try to learn to talk or to feel."

Robert Bly, from An Interview with Robert Bly; Part 8; Men's Work


I cringe at this example of how corporate America would have us believe men should be. Well, men should surely all be gym-buffed, hairless-bodied, beardless, desert-island surviving, drinking, screaming fools with no souls. Harsh? I don't think so.

Or maybe we should chart our own course and tell the men who would shoot us down for it to get to the New Warrior Training Adventure weekend and find for themselves what it is they are trying to annihilate; since it isn't us.

Men are all things in all ways, shapes, sizes, and ideas. We are all men to start with, even the corporate men; that much I am sure of.

Men are waiting....

I'm out.
Old-faithful Wolf

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