Dec
04

To The Editor:
As a group psychotherapist and sociologist, I concur with the author’s assessment of the vicissitudes of   the unexamined male libido. However, I disagree with his conclusion.  In the last paragraph he writes: ‘I’m not asking for male consciousness raising groups…” I ask, ‘why not?’  Over the last 35 years of practicing psychotherapy, I have led  men’s groups in prison and in my private practice. I have also been a participant a men’s group that included both straights and gays.  I have observed  in these groups, where the leader fostered progressive emotional communication between participants, the amelioration of the tendency to objectify women.  While my evidence is anecdotal, it seems to me that social change starts on the small scale, in face to face interactions between men in group therapy rather than  in large scale changes in cultural norms, improved laws and improved social systems.

About the Author

Dr. Pepper has been running groups for over twenty-five years and specializes in group therapy. He has a special gift in helping member’s resolve conflicts with.

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