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The Mankind Project

April 9th, 2009 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on The Mankind Project)

A look at men’s health and wellness

picture 075The men’s movement, and its North American rise in the 1990s, is closely linked with poet Robert Bly’s book Iron John. Bly said in 1991 that he’d at first thought, “My male side was developed, and my feminine side was not developed…. [But] what I developed is the shallow form of the masculine, and what I need now is to develop the deeper form of the masculine….”  What is currently happening among men in our society? What are the challenges? What is being learned?

Today, an international organization, The Mankind Project, and its New Warrior Training, provides an “intense, transformative men’s initiation which invites men to forge a deep conscious connection between head and heart.” Local participants have just completed a weekend training.  (more…)

The Vagina Monologues

March 19th, 2009 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on The Vagina Monologues)

Witty, irreverent, compassionate, wise

picture 068Celebrated as a bible for a new generation of women, The Vagina Monologues has been performed in cities across North America and at hundreds of college and university campuses. It has also inspired a dynamic grassroots movement—V-Day—to stop violence against women.

Based on interviews with over 200 women about their memories and experiences of sexuality, the play gives voice to women’s deepest fantasies and fears, guaranteeing that no one who reads or hears it will ever look at a woman’s body, or think of sex, in quite the same way again. It is witty and irreverent, compassionate and wise. (more…)

Isolating prostitution is unsafe, creating vulnerability, study says

February 12th, 2009 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Isolating prostitution is unsafe, creating vulnerability, study says)

A new study published by the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS has shown that forcing prostitutes out of populated areas and into isolated locations increases violence and the spread of HIV. The most vulnerable were women who had been displaced to outlying areas due to policing or prostitution or drug charges. [Source: The Daily News] (more…)

Eating disorders are on the rise

January 29th, 2009 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Eating disorders are on the rise)

February 1-7, 2009 is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week in Canada

picture 046Our society’s preoccupation with body image is reflected in the fact that, at any given time, 70% of women and 35% of men are dieting. More seriously, a 1993 Statistics Canada Survey reported that in women between the ages of 15 and 25, 1-2% have anorexia and 3-5% have bulimia.

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses, with 10% to 20% eventually dying from complications. Eating disorders also cross cultural, racial and socio-economic boundaries, and affect men and women. These potentially life-threatening conditions are also a growing problem. (more…)