HCP #55: On Men and Masculinity, with Robert Schicker

Robert Schicker is a therapist in Vermont who specializes in working with people navigating the evolving landscape of what it means to be a man. He talks with Eric about what attracted him to men’s work, the differences between being masculine versus being a man, about internalized homophobia and the importance of platonic touch, and about retraining our instinctive responses to stress, among other things.

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  1. Hi there. This is a very interesting interview, which mentions a lot of important issues. I believe I am to understand, though, that when you are using the term “white,” you are intending to describe only those with Euro-American heritage. I would like to point out that when you say that non-erotic positive thigmotaxis is taboo for “heterosexual white men” you do not acknowledge self-identifying “heterosexual white men” of cultures other than your own. To illustrate my point, here are links to a couple of culturally significant dances from native European peoples, which have been traditionally performed and enjoyed by “heterosexual white men”.

    1. Thanks for pointing this out. You are obviously correct. One thing that hampers conversations on this issue is that we do not have good language to make the distinctions that ideally we would be easy and concise to make.