ERIC Number: ED396356
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
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A Case Study of Curistic Rhetoric in Social Movements: Do Wild Men Care Enough?
Suggesting that the celebration of care rather than the rejection of power is an attitude that can embrace positive actions of both genders, this paper examines some key writings of the "men's movement" to see if self-proclaimed post-patriarchal men are likewise willing to accept the identity and substance of women in their new worldview. The paper quotes at length from three works accepted by the cultural (but not academic) mainstream: "Iron John" (R. Bly); "King Warrior Magician Lover" (R. Moore and D. Gillette); and "Fire in the Belly" (S. Keen). Sections of the paper address statements of principles for evolving men; awareness of being located within a system of power relationships; awareness of occupying a position with a relative allocation of power; development of a sense of human family; encouragement for individuals to acknowledge social position and goals for change; and development of a vision of mutual care and responsibility. The paper concludes that "wild men" do care enough, when they are able to get sufficiently wild (in an awakened manner) to know what they really want to care about. Contains 6 notes and 34 references. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers: Curistic Rhetoric; Male Female Relationship; Mens Movement; Rhetorical Stance; Rhetorical Strategies; Social Movements
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association (St. Paul, MN, April 17-21, 1996).