meetings, gathering, or conferences. Indeed, one mythopoetic informant told me that
when his "brothers" visit him at his home, their ritual exchange of hugs always occurs
inside the front door, so that the neighbors "don't get the wrong idea." Nonetheless, it
is intriguing to imagine the potential effect if such clearly counterhegemonic practices
were to be publicly displayed. Imagine, for example, a contingent of majority straight
mythopoetic men marching in a gay pride parade, deploying group massage as a potent
symbol of their support for their male-identified brothers.
Prior to the weekend, all would-be New Warriors must sign an agreement to the
effect that their experience on the New Warrior Training Adventure will remain strictly
confidential. Obviously, Stanton's word was not good; he broke his agreement of confidentiality.
Readers unfamiliar with mythopoetic events should understand that this event is
quite different from the outdoor men's gathering described by Gabriel, or the New Warrior Training Adventure, an initiatory experience, described by Stanton. In some ways
like a typical academic or professional conference, the First International Men's Conference, organized by Marvin Allen, occurred in a hotel with scheduled speakers and workshops. The setting of this semipublic, gender-inclusive conference contrasts sharply with
the private, men-only camping experience of the men's gathering (described by Gabriel)
or the private, initiatory experience of the NWTA weekend (described by Stanton).
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