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David Leser: The Male Mask

Session Info:

“We were taught that men are in charge; that men are superior; that men are strong, women are weak; that women are of less value, [the] property of men and particularly sexual objects.”

Tony Porter as quoted in David Leser’s Women, Men & the Whole Damn Thing


Topics covered:

  • The caging and killing of the feminine.
  • The denial of the feminine.
  • The cues from our fathers/ Father hunger
  • Male silence
  • Stock definitions of masculinity, standard masks for a male
  • The fury of the Men’s Rights movement
  • Men who blame women
  • Aggrieved entitlement
  • Male rituals of power
  • Male shame and boy psychology
  • How the patriarchy also tyrannises men.

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