Monthly Archives: February 2014

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

Part Four With Oedipus as our primary example, let’s consider how Greek myth imagined three other young male heroes in more detail: Orestes, Pentheus, and Telemachus. All three boys were the only sons of heroic kings, yet none of them … Continue reading

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

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, … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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

Male Initiation and the Mother in Greek Myth A man needs a little madness, or else he never dares cut the rope and be free! — Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek Part One The problems of our modern condition threaten to … Continue reading

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