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Police Officers or Peace Officers?: The Limitations of Traditional Masculinity for Law Enforcement

Retired Police Officer and current Clinical Psychologist Ive Eicken describes how old notions of masculinity may prevent police officers from being peace officers. Most of us depend on law enforcement officers
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Man up . . . Whatever that means.

Dr. Andrew Smiler discusses what it means to use “man up” as an insult, and how masculine norms operate and shift for men across age, ethnicity, and national origin. Telling a guy to “man up” o
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The Magic of Masculinity

Dr. William Reese, Jr., explains how exploring five principles can help men discover and maximize their masculinity. A man may conquer a million men in battle but one who conquers himself is, indeed, the great
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The Loneliness of Fatherhood

Our culture often provides a romantic image of fathers enjoying time with their children, but many men say it makes them lonely.   Being a father is a complicated human experience. Father’s Day celebrate
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Dadding Up: The Nuts and Bolts of the Fatherhood Role

Dr. Daniel Singley explains how having a consistent, attuned, and involved dad is good for the whole family system.   What it means to be a man has shown considerable change over the past 50 years, and now
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The Future of Men’s Studies?: Panel Discussion

Join the conversation when four senior officers of SPSMM & AMSA discuss the future of Men’s Studies.   On Saturday April 2, 2016, 8:15-9:45am, join leaders of SPSMM & AMSA for this panel dis
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Boys to Men: African Male Initiation Rites into Manhood

  Dr. Martin Wong discusses the components and functions of male initiation rites in Africa as part of a special section In the classic mythical male coming of age tale, Parsifal leaves his mother behind
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Male initiation rites: Introduction to a Special Focus Section

What does it mean to be recognized as a man? Dr. Martin Wong raises important questions about male initiation rites. What makes me a man? It wasn’t until I was about forty- two years old that I finally figure
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Initiation in Modern (or Post-Modern) Life

Edvard Munch “The Scream” 1893 Dr. Ed Tejirian ponders what needs male initiation rituals might fill in 21st Century America as part of a special section Reflecting on my years of doing psychothera
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In Defense of Fatherhood

Dr. Mitchell Hicks challenges modern myths related to fatherhood.  During a recent shopping excursion, I accompanied my wife as she browsed in a maternity store. In reality, I was letting her shop while I ma