Bang The Drum Quickly

Sam Keen, author of the best-selling Fire in the Belly, is the latest preacher to hit the male-consciousness circuit

The men's movement is a misnomer. It is neither political like the civil rights movement nor activist like the women's movement. It is a convenient catchphrase for something that is bubbling up around the country -- men attending consciousness-raising seminars, men tramping off for weekends in the woods, men crying, men laughing, men drumming -- which suggest that the state of American guyness is kind of shaky.

These activities do constitute a kind of movement, but it is a spiritual one. The white-haired guru of this transformation is the poet Robert Bly, whose book Iron John has been on the best-seller...

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