Monthly Archives: February 2014

Barry’s Blog # 82: Male Initiation and the Mother in Greek Myth (Part Four)

With Oedipus as our primary example, let’s consider how Greek myth imagined three other young male heroes and the routes they took to manhood: Orestes, Pentheus, and Telemachus. All three boys were the only sons of heroic kings, yet none … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 81: Male Initiation and the Mother in Greek Myth (Part Three)

Perhaps we need to look backwards toward old forms and old stories to re-imagine approaches to this dilemma. Greek myth is a tangled amalgam of stories, some of which date from the pre-patriarchal eras when, it is imagined, the genders … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 80: Male Initiation and the Mother, Part Two

Barbara Ehrenreich argued in 1983 that the “breadwinner ethic” had more or less collapsed in America. Men who avoided marriage were “deviant” in the fifties; now they are considered quite normal. By 1990 one third of all children (60% of … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 79: Male Initiation and the Mother in Greek Myth (Part One)

A man needs a little madness, or else he never dares cut the rope and be free! — Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek The problems of our modern condition threaten to overwhelm us: meaningless work; broken communities; environmental degradation; rampant consumerism; … Continue reading

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