The crisis of masculine identity

The Mask You Live In looks like it will be an interesting film. Its kickstart campaign has raised $101,000 of its $80,000 goal, so I guess production is now underway.

The film is directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, whose previous film, Miss Representation, critiqued popular culture’s portrayal of women and influence on femininity:

Healing the culture is important, but so is self-knowledge. Culture forms us, for better and for worse. Beyond Blue has created an amusing but informative website about men’s health:

And the Young Men of God movement might offer suitable spiritual healing:

In the year 2000, Fr Ken Barker MGL was in Assisi for the Jubilee year. Praying at the small church where St. Francis and his brothers spent a lot of their time, Fr Ken sensed that the Lord wanted to initiate a movement of young men in Australia. These young men would rise up as leaders in the church though deep faith, purity of heart and strength of character. At this same time two young men in Canberra, Nick Seselja and Ben O’Heir, had a similar vision and decided to start a regular gathering for local young men. Soon after they heard about Fr. Ken’s experience in Assisi and a short while after YMG was born.

I’ve never been to a YMG conference or retreat, but I do know that Fr Ken Barker is a remarkably good and holy priest.

  • Cathy

    I have seen grown men cry, and encouraged men I have helped, two of which are Military personnel, to cry and let out the emotion they have bottled up. Christ cried, He had emotion, He was human.

    Fathers must love their sons, tell them they love them and establish a relationship that confirms their masculinity. Mothers must do the same with their daughters and confirm their daughters femininity.

    My number one advice with raising girls, teach them to be ladies, this will encourage young men to rise to the challenge of becoming gentlemen. We are all equal in Gods eyes, but have different roles regarding male and female. Encourage your children to question and learn, intellect is not always about Phd’s or degrees, intelligence is the ability to distinguish between good and evil, in every situation. If one can establish this strength in their children it gives them a head start in life to tackle bigger things.

    Another great point of discussion Fr. John!

  • Joel

    “Be cool…and be kind of a dick”

    That’s about spot on.

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