Here we are, meditating on the Sacred and Healthy Masculine, triggered by the killing of two young men and wounding of a third by a 17 year old fellow with an AR-15 strapped to his chest who has become something of a cause celebre for the right wing media and political machine.
And the following headline greets me this morning in Politico Magazine: “Why Republicans Can’t Stop Talking About Masculinity.”*
The author presents an interview with Kristin Du Mez, the author of the recent book, Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation, and introduces the interview this way:
Republican Lawmakers and hopefuls seem particularly interested in the idea of masculinity lately. Missouri Senator Josh Hawley claimed the left was telling men their “masculinity is inherently problematic.”
Representative Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina in a video urged mothers to raise their sons to be “monsters” and complained that America is trying to ‘demasculate’ all young men “because they don’t want people who are going to stand up.” Cawthorn and several other congressmen are offering Kyle Rittenhouse jobs as an intern in their congressional offices, based apparently on his credentials of killing and wounding other young men.
Du Mez points out that in white evangelicalism there is the idea that “masculinity is a God-given thing” and by masculinity they mean “a kind of rugged militant quality.” Aggressiveness is a virtue and “the assertion of white, patriarchal authority or power” can restore order against civil rights gains in the south and turn back feminism. “This kind of restoration of a rugged American manhood becomes not just popular, but politicized in a very partisan way.”
See “Why Republicans Can’t Stop Talking About Masculinity,” by Katelyn Fossett, Politico Magazine, 11/21/2021 06:55 AM EST
See Matthew Fox, The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: Lying in wait. Photo by Kenny Mitchell on Flickr.
Queries for Contemplation
Do you also see an understanding of masculinity as foundational to much of the authoritarianism and resentment that is fueling politics in the world today? How important is it to stand up to that version of masculinity?
The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine
To awaken what Fox calls “the sacred masculine,” he unearths ten metaphors, or archetypes, ranging from the Green Man, an ancient pagan symbol of our fundamental relationship with nature, to the Spiritual Warrior….These timeless archetypes can inspire men to pursue their higher calling to connect to their deepest selves and to reinvent the world.
“Every man on this planet should read this book — not to mention every woman who wants to understand the struggles, often unconscious, that shape the men they know.” — Rabbi Michael Lerner, author of The Left Hand of God