Review of Chen Z. Oren and Dora Chase Oren (Eds.), Counseling Fathers.

Review of Chen Z. Oren and Dora Chase Oren (eds.), Counseling Fathers (New York: Routledge, 2009), xxxvii + 304 pp. I’m 65, and I must be getting old. I am still trying to figure out the paradigms of masculinity from the 1960s through the 1990s, when I was in my 30s, 40s, and 50s. I am trying to figure out whether I care about being a Provider, Protector, and Impregnator (David Gilmore), or what it really means to be a “marketplace man” (Michael Kimmel), or how to perform my male gender in ways that do as little violence as possible to women and children and the earth, or how to break free spiritually from the oppressive misogyny and patriarchalism of institutional monotheism and the history of Biblical exegesis. Perhaps I’m not unlike those who are stuck in Second Wave feminism, looking at the emergence of Third Wave feminism and thinking “Wait. There are still problems that need more attention before we move on to something new.”

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