Sunday, July 17, 2011

Joseph Gelfer - The Masculinity Conspiracy: Chapter 6 Now Online

For those of us following along with Joseph Gelfer's online book, The Masculine Conspiracy, he has released a new chapter, Chapter 6: Archetypes.

The Masculinity Conspiracy: chapter 6 now online

Chapter 6 (Archetypes) of The Masculinity Conspiracy is now online.

This chapter examines how archetypes are mobilized in the conspiracy via two books: Iron John: A Book About Men by Robert Bly, and King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette.

It shows how these books promote archetypes as being defined by fixed characteristics.

It then offers some different ways of thinking about archetypes in order to counter the conspiracy.

Here is a little background and information about the book.

About the Book

What if the biggest conspiracy in human history had gone completely unnoticed?

What if that conspiracy was responsible for some of the biggest problems the world faces today?

Wouldn’t you want to know? Wouldn’t you want to do something about it?

Well guess what: You can.

Book Description

The Masculinity Conspiracy is a free online book about masculinity. It argues that nearly every assumption about masculinity in contemporary society is wrong. The result is nothing short of exposing a worldwide conspiracy that has been preventing humanity from reaching its fullest potential.

The Masculinity Conspiracy contains the following chapters:

Each chapter is divided into three sections:

  • The Conspiracy (how the common understanding of masculinity functions in the chapter theme)
  • The Problem (a critique of how the common understanding of masculinity functions in the chapter theme)
  • The Solution (an alternative model for how masculinity should function in the chapter theme).

Each chapter is published online as it is written: about one chapter every two or three months. The book will be complete in late 2011.

Readers can leave comments regarding each section of the book: what they think is good, what they think is bad, plus new ideas that should be developed. Some of this feedback may be incorporated into the text, in which case the commenter is cited in an endnote. A change log indicates the nature of edits over time as they occur across the text.

A few folks have found the reading a bit of a stretch, in which case I urge you to go and read the short article, Appropriate Complexity.

And for a bit of fun, below you can even watch a short The Masculinity Conspiracy cartoon:

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