Iron John: A Book About Men by Robert Bly: A Discussion

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Iron John: A Book About Men by Robert Bly: A Discussion

Unread postby musicmonkey » Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:57 am

Hi guys, I've had a copy of Iron John for a few years now and finally decided to read it. I'm only on Chapter 1 so far, The Pillow & The Key. It's kept my interest so far so I'll keep reading and share my thoughts... for now, he's some salient excerpts:

Robert Bly wrote:We are living in an important and fruitful moment now, for it is clear to men that the images of adult manhood given by the popular culture are worn out; a man can no longer depend on them. By the time a man is thirty-five he knows that the images of the right man, the true man which he received in high school do not work in life. Such a man is open to new visions of what a man is or could be ... We have defective mythologies that... work to keep men boys ... The boys in our culture have a continuing need for initiation into manhood and into the male spirit, but generally, this isn't offered to boys ... many boys experience only the companionship of other boys their age ... But only men can initiate men, as only women can initiate women ... Thousands and thousands of women, being single parents, are raising boys with no adult man in the house.

There's a 20 part audio version on YouTube. Here's Part 1

Here's Part 2

Here's Part 3

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