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Issue 41 / August–October 2008
Constructing the New Man
Perspectives on Masculinity in the 21st Century
Continuing the inquiry that began with last summer’s widely discussed issue on women, WIE presents an in-depth look at the twenty-first-century man. What is authentic masculinity today? How has the move toward gender equality changed society’s rules—and roles—for men? Is there a “new man” emerging on the horizon, ready and willing to reshape our culture in the coming decades? Approaching these questions and others through a multidimensional lens, WIE delivers one of our most culturally provocative issues yet. Featuring: Ken Wilber, Andrew Cohen, Ani DiFranco, Harvey Mansfield, Jean Houston, Jenny Wade, Erwin McManus, Rebecca Walker, and more.
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FOUR-PART SPECIAL FEATURE
Constructing the New Man
To follow up on last summer’s widely discussed
issue on women, WIE presents an in-depth look
at the twenty-first-century man. What is authentic
masculinity today? How has the move toward
gender equality changed society’s rules—and
roles—for men? Is there a “new man” emerging
on the horizon, ready and willing to reshape our
culture in the coming decades? We consulted a
panel of experts for some wide-ranging answers . . .
During his sixty years at
Harvard, Harvey Mansfield
has seen his share of social
changes, and he thinks our
“gender-neutral” society is
among the worst. His solution?
Manliness—and plenty of it.
by Ross Robertson
Two rising stars in the next
generation’s men’s movement,
Tripp Lanier and Jayson Gaddis,
explain the need to transcend
limiting stereotypes in the quest
for the new man.
by Carter Phipps and Tom Huston
Jesus may have turned the
other cheek, but he wasn’t
afraid to crack a whip when necessary.
Christian leader Erwin
McManus describes the mix of
strength and sensitivity displayed
by truly “holistic” men.
by Carter Phipps
In this action-packed article,
we follow the adventures of
Nathaniel Fick, who learned
some powerful lessons about
the sacred brotherhood shared
by soldiers on the front lines
by Joel Pitney
Just south of the
Arctic Circle, a
gender roles has
been taking place.
The descendents of the quintessential he-men
are now pushing baby carriages through the
cities of Scandinavia. Our resident feminist
embarks on a daring expedition to find out what’s
happening to men in the most progressive
countries on the planet.
by Elizabeth Debold
19 women leaders envision the future of men
To paraphrase Sartre,
it is it not who we are
but what we can
become that is of
interest. WIE asks a
few good women to boldly envision the next
step for men. Featuring Jean Houston, Ani
DiFranco, Jenny Wade, Sally Kempton, Rebecca
Walker, Asra Nomani, and more.
by Elizabeth Debold with Carol Ann Raphael
What do you get when you mix 1970s California, a family
of therapists, a spiritual search, and one impressionable
Gen-Xer? Just your ordinary sensitive New Age guy. This
revealing, poignant, and often hilarious memoir chronicles
one man’s trials and tribulations in a world where “macho”
is a four-letter word.
by Ross Robertson
THE GURU AND THE PANDIT
Andrew Cohen and Ken Wilber
In their twentieth dialogue, Cohen and Wilber strive to define
the leading edge of masculinity today, exploring the cultural
forces at play, examining the evolution of male-female relations,
and explaining why spiritual enlightenment may hold the key
to liberating men’s authenticity.
PULSE: news from an emerging culture
Public displays of meditation; the Vatican’s new
seven deadly sins; The Lives of Sri Aurobindo;
11 Days at the Edge; Kosmic concepts; the
spiritual stock market; news from the world
of WIE; Michael Murphy comes clean about life
after death; and more.
Wake Up! You’re Part of a Movement!
How Paul Ray and Jim Garrison plan to bring
the world’s fifty million cultural creatives
together under a single unifying banner.
by Joel Pitney and Carter Phipps
Reviews of books, film, and other media
You Can Have Resilient, Beautiful Skin at Any Age
with Peter Ragnar