I know trauma – a poem
Oct17

I know trauma – a poem

by Les Gaines As if asleep in a sea of denial, loathing my own shadow, my faithful friend with me along so many miles. I know the crippling fear of stepping beyond the front door; that hope for a better life was best left ignored. I know trauma. I know the doubt that comes when everybody wrong seems right, and everything right seems wrong; when every arm but mine looks strong. I know the helplessness of trying to feel like something,...

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Men: From the Inside
Nov25

Men: From the Inside

Guest post: by Garry Gilfoy I was recently asked to deliver professional development to some therapists on the topic of ‘men’s issues.’ I left my son’s football game to do so and found a gathering of about 60 people. The ten or so men attending were sitting on the periphery of the room. I warmed up by reading a poem called Rain from Nowhere by Murray Hartin. It tells of a man with a young family. We catch him on the day he intends to...

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I’m a weak man.
Oct17

I’m a weak man.

by Brooks H. I’m a weak man. I’m not strong enough to live up to this _warrior_ shit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, 160 years a life. lord knows I try. Just can’t do it all the time. Sometimes I just want to run away and hide. Curl up into a little ball and tell the world to fuck off. Scream ‘NO’ into the face of any asshole that wants me to do ONE MORE FUCKING THING! help in ONE MORE...

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The Shame in the Journey
Sep04

The Shame in the Journey

EDITOR’S NOTE: Please help me in welcoming the newest Assistant Editor for the ManKind Project Journal. WELCOME GONZALO! Thank you for your service! ~ Boysen Hodgson, MKP USA Communications & Marketing Director by Gonzalo Salinas Before my sister Mariola came to the world, we were three siblings: Victor, Fernando and I. Victor became an officer of the Peruvian Navy. Fernando became an officer of the Peruvian Air Force. When...

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Three Hidden Powers of Vulnerability
Jul30

Three Hidden Powers of Vulnerability

By Chris Kyle When I was a kid, I can’t tell you how many times I heard phrases like these: “just suck it up, Kyle”; “don’t cry – the strongest don’t cry”; “what are you, a pussy?”; “don’t get too excited”; “tone it down…”; “I don’t want to hear how you feel about it, just do it”; and “don’t get angry with me...

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To all my MKP Brothers, Especially the Straight Ones
Jul18

To all my MKP Brothers, Especially the Straight Ones

by Edmond Manning To All My MKP Brothers, Especially The Straight Ones I had a tooth brush in my mouth and was contemplating sleep when my overnight guest, a straight man, said to me, “I have a real problem with gay men.” As a gay man, hearing this statement from a guest in my own home was not exactly comforting. Was this the beginning of an ugly conflict? What hard words might come out next? I should back up. Eight years ago,...

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