Activism

Along the years I've been involved in a variety of activism. From Forest Ecology to politics of Gender. Perhaps it is because I am a Cubs fan and am always rooting for the little guy, or perhaps it is the same thing that drew me to the Marine Corps and wanting to protect other people. Then again it could be because I've taken to heart Jefferson's words to "swear eternal hostility over the tyrannies over the minds of [humans]".

Currently I am getting more involved with politics of gender and sex. Simply put, I believe a serious conversation is needed in matters of sexism, patriarchy, misogyny, ecology, power and control, cooperation, and more.  In one panel that I was a part of, a question was asked about PTSD and the military. My answer was that there were a lot of factors involved with getting PTSD (combat exposure, sense of autonomy, faith in leadership, sense of purpose, resiliency skills, personal background and experience with emotional trauma, and more). But in the end my answer was summarized as "we get PTSD because we are human beings, but I believe that some in the military struggle with PTSD because of inflexible and oppressive definitions of masculinity." 

In other words, we have narrow views regarding masculinity and sexuality. And if you think that what currently passes for the imagery of these two is okay, then you are not tuned in to the rates of domestic violence, aggression and hostility, sexual assault, rape, and a host of other things. What passes for 'normal' attitudes toward sex and masculinity are pretty skewed and need redress. These issues are not 'women's issues'... they are 'men's issues' and we need to own them.

Some books that may be of interest. Click on the picture to go to Amazon.

Sex At Dawn

Sex At Dawn

Guide to Getting it On

Guide to Getting it On

The Ethical Slut

The Ethical Slut

Bi

Bi

Bi Any Other Name

Bi Any Other Name

Anything that Loves

Anything that Loves

The Hidden Spirituality of Men

The Hidden Spirituality of Men

Deep Ecology for the 21st Century

Deep Ecology for the 21st Century

Men's Work

Men's Work

The Acting Like a Man Box - from 'Men's Work'

The Acting Like a Man Box - from 'Men's Work'

The above box is the 'Acting Like a Man Box' from Paul Kivel's book Men's Work. What is important to realize about this box is that it is an unforgiving, full dichotomy. You are either completely IN the box, or you are completely OUT of the box. If a man does something that is at odd with one of the behaviors expected of a man, then he is thrust outside the box and called one of the derogatory names.  
So I try to push against that box when I can.