Men & Emotion:
Thoughts on a gender in search of itself

Boys in our culture are systematically taught to split off or disown their feelings by the time they start school. They learn that to express emotions such as loneliness, fear, and sadness is perceived as weakness, making them vulnerable to attack by other boys.
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Michael Jackson: Death of an American Puer

Why did the news of Michael Jackson’s death seem to touch off a tsunami of shock & grief that circled the globe? What accounts for the spontaneous, make-shift shrines to him that sprouted up in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia? How do we account for the people of all ages who clustered around these shrines to play and sing his music, imitate his dance moves, or lay wreath of flowers?
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