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The Politics of Therapy

This paper is a write-up of the presentation given by David Wood at the 2003 Sydney Men's Festival.

Download The Politics of Therapy (Word document - 46KB).

Report on the 2000 Festival

The Sydney Men's Festival is changing. In the early 90s we were exploring lot's of different aspects of our manhood: fear, grief, our inhibitions, our sexuality etc. These are very personal explorations and they are extremely important.

Many of us who've been coming every year since those days seem to be exploring different aspects now. These new explorations are less deeply personal and more interpersonal: relationships, community building, empowerment, fathering, creativity, etc.

Perhaps we're growing. Personally, I welcome these changes.

As a father of a 13 year old son I looked to the Festival to help me create a meaningful 'Coming of Age' ceremony for him this year. I was touched by how well supported I was by the men at the Festival. The result was a dramatic and moving event for he and I (and many others, I dare say). It was a joy to prepare.

These are men whom I've grown with; experienced pleasure and pain with through the years. We've created an annual, supportive community. That's no mean feat.

Thank you, my Brothers. Thank you for your love, commitment and support.

I'll see you next year. The adventure continues...

Ross