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Pleasure, power, and transformation pp. Harrington Park Press, Have you ever encountered a baby whose gender is unknown to you? Not knowing can feel profoundly uncomfortable. We barely realize how great the differences are in how we treat male and female people, in what we expect of them.
We have almost no experience of relating to human beings not on the basis of their gender. Nonetheless, from the moment of our birth, if not earlier, we are treated as gendered beings. We are not merely considered to have a gender, we are conditioned to have it. Moment by moment, day by day, and persistently over long stretches of time, the ways boys and girls get treated shape their identities.
And the way boys learn to be male almost inevitably leads them directly to some kind of obsession with sex as they grow older. Isolating Boys All babies are considered okay to smooch and squeeze and hold close, female or male, but when they get old enough, boys stop being held and cuddled and stroked.
This isolation is reinforced by early sexist conditioning.
Boys are taught that they are different from, and better than, girls, even that they should shun or hate girls. Instead, boys are encouraged to develop relationships with other boys that are primarily competitive: These violence-based communities fulfill some of our needs for companionship and connection, when nothing gentler is available, and so they may not seem to contribute to male isolation.
However, competitive and adversarial groups offer solidarity within the group at the cost of turning everyone else into an enemy. They breed fear of other people, even of the others within our group, with whom we also must compete for rank.
We may not be alone when among the group members, but the internal isolation is intense. Relationships between group members buckle and break from the pressure of having to defend, protect, and prove ourselves.
This is very different from the nurturing ease and satisfaction of a mutual, equal, fear-free relationship. A systematic enterprise of denied contact, humiliation and name-calling, being ostracized, sexist conditioning, homophobia, competition, and training for violence leaves boys more and more on their own.
Isolation is a piece of the heritage of our conditioning as boys that we carry with us into our manhood. But certain factors are almost universally present in one form or another for boys growing up in our present society. Isolation is one of three primary factors in our early conditioning that later leaves us vulnerable to sexual obsession.
When they get hurt, feel scared, become outraged or embarrassed, frustrated or sad, they seek and expect attention.
The loving attention of another human being is necessary to feel these feelings and to heal the hurts that caused them. They are left to deal with feelings themselves.
Being scared is yet another thing boys are told threatens their maleness. They are expected to leap into any activity, no matter how dangerous or unfamiliar, without appearing fearful. Other feelings are in similar ways denied them, and they quickly learn that expressing emotions actually makes their situation worse.
Over time, the only ways boys keep from showing their feelings is to train themselves not to feel them, to dull their awareness of their own experience, numb themselves to emotions.
In the course of doing so, they decrease their ability to feel any feelings, joyful, painful, or otherwise. At the same time we become disconnected from other people, we are cut off from our own feelings.
We learn, sometimes literally, to harden ourselves against pain, strain, and physical effort. This is exactly the training needed to convince men to work ourselves to the point of abuse, in both the workforce and the military.
The sensuality of being alive in our bodies, aware of our senses, and breathing full breaths has been written off as an unmale attribute. Sensuality has been replaced with routine.
Though we notice extremes, we are unable to perceive subtleties of feeling. Tenderness and gentleness, subtle and slow as they are, have been lost. Born into bodies marvelously equipped to feel, we are forced to shut down and accept numbness.
Is Sex The Answer? This description may sound quite extreme. Yet it is only a picture of what is considered normal to impose on boys, what we take for granted.Misc thoughts, memories, proto-essays, musings, etc.
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Reducing School Violence - There are numerous programs and studies aimed at reducing school violence, but how does a school district know what type of program would work best for their students. National liberation, national renaissance, the restoration of nationhood to the people, commonwealth: whatever may be the headings used or the new formulas introduced, decolonization is always a violent phenomenon.
Paul Kingsnorth is a writer and poet living in Cumbria, England. He is the author of several books, including the poetry collection Kidland and his fictional debut The Wake, winner of the Gordon Burn Prize and the Bookseller Book of the Year Award.
Kingsnorth is the cofounder and director of the Dark Mountain Project, a network of writers, artists, and . The table below presents an abbreviated geologic time scale, with times and events germane to this essay. Please refer to a complete geologic time scale when this one seems inadequate.
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