December 8, 2018

"After completing the New Warrior Training Adventure, many men join Integration Groups, or I-Groups, where they continue, on a weekly basis..."

"... with the guidance of a trained peer facilitator, the 'work,' as it is called in MKP, that was started during those 48 hours. I-Groups are attended not just by woke, liberal elites on the coasts. Kansas City, Mo.; the greater Carolinas; Atlanta; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Memphis; and Louisville, Ky., all have sizable groups, according to the organization. Evryman has a half a dozen groups in Montana and over 20 in the Northern Rockies. In March, one of its retreats will take place in Logan, Ohio, the first in the Midwest. The Evryman weekend is called the Open Source Retreat ($475 to $975, depending on accommodations) and brings together 50 men and eight leaders who have completed something called Men’s Emotional Leadership Training (MELT) 'to set aside cultural norms and be transparent, honest, and vulnerable with each other,' to quote from the company’s literature. The goal is to 'leave feeling like we shed 30 pounds of emotional baggage.'

From "These Men Are Waiting to Share Some Feelings With You/In meetings and retreats, chastened menfolk are working on their feelings" (NYT).

54 comments:

JPS said...

When I read “These men are waiting to share some feelings with you,” I think of the Geico commmercial with R. Lee Ermey as a very compassionate therapist.

tcrosse said...

I've got your feelings right here.

SGT Ted said...

Are they awarded vaginas when they finish the course?

Big Mike said...

May I share my feelings with them?

YOU ARE A PACK OF WORTHLESS TWITS!

Yancey Ward said...

the goal is to 'leave feeling like we shed 30 pounds of emotional baggage.'

How much does $975 weigh in quarters?

Darrell said...

Sounds gay.

hombre said...

Whew! I thought for a minute that the bedwetters were arming themselves and that local emergency rooms were going to be inundated with foot shots.

FullMoon said...

Darrell said...

Sounds gay.
12/8/18, 4:12 PM


Your Academy Awards gig just canceled.

Darrell said...

Your Academy Awards gig just canceled.

Zounds!

n.n said...

No. Gaia made work, play, and Nature to relieve emotional stress.

n.n said...

Are they awarded vaginas

Hats emblazoned with the Rainbow Spectrum.

mockturtle said...

Pathetic.

Bill Peschel said...

In honor of our host, let me add:

"You gonna have to serve somebody!"

rhhardin said...

They all get doll houses.

gilbar said...

Evryman has a half a dozen groups in Montana and over 20 in the Northern Rockies
it's safe to say that the 15 non Montana groups are in Colorado.
This sums up Everything that i despise about those two states.

Lewis Wetzel said...

I suppose that this is an attempt to recreate the social institution of male friendship and comraderie. What was the Trojan War but a male retreat of the Argives? To be authenticly male, a group activity of men should be dangerous.

Lewis Wetzel said...

Men traditionally share their feeling with one other non-verbally. Male touching varies with culture, but is always strictly circumscribed (Holmes and Watson held hands at the Falls of the Reichenbach, they didn't kiss).
Maybe men should insist that women attend retreats where they share their emotions by wrestling, getting black-out drunk together, and in rare moments clasping shoulders, rather than talking, weeping, and hugging.

The Cracker Emcee Rampant said...

Gay. In the retarded, not homosexual, way.

Seriously, how closed are their loops that they find this desirable? It it was court-ordered, maybe....

Lewis Wetzel said...

In the blue collar world there are still groups of men (and only men) who work together to accomplish a common task. Build a house, lay a road, clear a forest. Is there any longer a bourgeois equivalent to this? Politics and the recognized professions used to be bourgeois and male, but this is no longer true. Even the officer class of the armed forces claims to be "gender inclusive."

Gahrie said...

Please tell me they have drum circles...

Narayanan Subramanian said...

Turns out that $10 in quarters weighs half a pound. Which means one pound of quarters (which individually weigh 5.67g), naturally, adds up to $20. Handy, I thought. Looking at the United States Mint's coin specifications page, I learned that, at 2.268g per dime, one pound of dimes also equals $20.M

The Crack Emcee said...

Unchasened menfolk are gagging on the NYT.

Michael said...

God help us! Some day we may need actual men again and there won't be any.

Darrell said...
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Darrell said...

So it only takes a $20 investment to pound a guy. . .

rcocean said...

"I love, you man.."

Lewis Wetzel said...

Blogger Narayanan Subramanian said...

. . .
I learned that, at 2.268g per dime, one pound of dimes also equals $20.M

Makes sense, since quarters & dimes are the same size that they were when they were made of silver. One dime should weigh 2/5 as much as one quarter dollar.

EDH said...

...brings together 50 men and eight leaders who have completed something called Men’s Emotional Leadership Training (MELT) 'to set aside cultural norms and be transparent, honest, and vulnerable with each other,' to quote from the company’s literature.

I'm sensing a theme song.

"I'll stop the world and MELT with you "

I'll stop the world and MELT with you
You've seen the difference and it's getting better all the time
There's nothing you and I won't do
I'll stop the world and MELT with you

Dream of better lives the kind which never hates
(You should see why)
Trapped in the state of imaginary grace
(You should know better)
I made a pilgrimage to save this humans race
(You should see why)
Never comprehending the race has long gone bye

hmmm hmmm hmmm
hmmm hmmm hmmm hmmm
hmmm hmmm hmmm
hmmm hmmm hmmm hmmm

John Borell said...

“Some retreats have optional nudity...l

Who made the gay comment? Seems on point. In some retreats.

Derek Kite said...

When i was younger we had that type of retreat. We had sticks and sharp blades on our boots (skates) and wore padding including a cup to proect our manhoid. We would chase a rubber disk, slam each other against the barriers, sweat profusely. After we would get naked and shower, followed by a beer or three somewhere. We would commiserate over bruises, bad plays.

This happened a couple times a week in the winter.

John Borell said...

“Several members chose to be “saged” before an Evryman meeting.”

This is a parody, right?

John Borell said...

Derek wins the comments.

LYNNDH said...

Hogwash!

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

is this "Men Only" ? If so, it cant last- women will demand in. See Augusta

Mark Jones said...

Hombre said: "Whew! I thought for a minute that the bedwetters were arming themselves and that local emergency rooms were going to be inundated with foot shots."

You and me both, Hombre. This sounded like a recipe for a lot of Accidental Discharges. Fortunately, they seem to know their limits and most probably wouldn't feel safe in the same room with a firearm, loaded or not.

Amadeus 48 said...

Sounds horrible.

ngtrains said...

Ladies - What- no comment??

Fernandistein said...

Awww.

Marc said...

Sounds heathen.

JML said...

"This sounded like a recipe for a lot of Accidental Discharges."

Yup, gay.

stevew said...

Not all men. Not this man. Women lust after men to share their feelings, then criticize and belittle those feelings. It’s a poser play that smart men refuse to engage.

mockturtle said...

Ladies - What- no comment??

My comment was short: "Pathetic".

Ambrose said...

I know men, in fact I am one. We only do anything for one reason. That's right, one reason. So are these guys getting any action out of this? If not they can try flying to the moon, writing the Bible, composing the 9th, sailing around Africa or curing polio. That will get you some tail.

West Texas Intermediate Crude said...

This will go on only as long as men (of the traditional type) allow it. When it stops being amusing and progresses to annoying or worse, it will be crushed.

Henry said...

Marc said...
Sounds heathen.

That might be worth something.

Henry said...

The dissonance isn't the goal, it's the commerce.

Dave Duffy said...

I thought sharing your feelings was what men do on the internet under anonymous names. Most feelings aren't good.

tim maguire said...

hombre said...Whew! I thought for a minute that the bedwetters were arming themselves and that local emergency rooms were going to be inundated with foot shots.

Same. It opens with “warrior training” and closes with “cry out the pain” like a 12-step group for bed wetters. And I went from wondering if this will get the Michigan Militia treatment in the media (Narrator: no, it wouldn’t) to rolling my eyes and thinking this might be worthwhile if they could manage to do it without sounding like total douchebags.

Kevin said...

The leftist revival of the 60's is now complete:

March for Civil Rights = March for unisex bathrooms

Earth Day = Global Warming

Drug Culture = Marijuana Legalization + LSD microdosing

HIppies = Silicon Valley Programmers with Beards

Free Love = Group Dates and Polyamory

EST = MELT

Ace Sullivan said...

I actually did this in 2011 and have begging a guy I know who needs to get out of a funk to do it for the last couple of weeks. I told him Do Not Google it, just go. Not ghey. The igroups are just a men's group. Too bad people don't get it. Until they get it. I'm jealous of the guys who still live in the communities with natural'mens groups' but if you have been on the east coast... Men are a dying breed. Not that everyone is gay, but everyone is a woman or being broken as one. In DC, there are few authentic guys. It's too bad MKP got this publicity. Like LoTR movies... Ruined by letting every douche in on the secret.

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Jupiter said...

Hey, whatever gets you through the night.

Rusty said...

Aw jeeze.

Paco Wové said...

"I actually did this"

It would be nice if you could elaborate on your experience, because as presented here, it doesn't just sound gay, it sounds like Onion-level parody gay.