Realizing that fatherlessness is a curse to countless children today, I wrote a book that accentuates masculinity and the father son dyad during puberty. In contrast to the eloquent speeches presented by Agathon, Aristophanes, and Phaedrus in Plato’s Symposium, VICE’s textbook explores puberty through various experiences common to many boys and teenagers. Hopefully, more uncles, coaches, pastors, etc., will become surrogate fathers and will discuss male sexuality often during the rites of passage through middle school and high school. Yet, to protect everyone’s privacy, I created a fictional twelve year old hero named, Junior, who lives with his divorced father. Ergo, enlightened men now can discuss controversial issues like incest, pornography, pederasty, masturbation, child molestation, etc., in an anonymous third person rather than in first person. For example, Junior’s grandfather caught his Dad messing around with a cousin when they were teenagers. That night, he savagely beat both juveniles until they had welts on their arms, legs, buttocks, and backs. Yet, Junior’s homophobic grandfather molested his youngest brother as a horny teenager himself! Is such classic male behavior more akin to Freudian repression or projection? Explain. When Uncle Jake told Junior’s Dad about it, how did the truth change their father son dyad? What did Junior’s Dad share with him about that whipping? IF you were Junior’s grandfather, speculate how you might have handled that awkward m4m situation? Bear in mind, attitudes about male sexuality a century ago were quite different from Adam marrying Steve today. List four folkways in the US that still perpetuate ignorance regarding the permutations differentiating homophobic, homoerotic, homosexual and homophilic behaviors. Which term best describes the intimacy Jesus shared with His Disciples? In the Old Testament, how would you describe the love Saul’s son, Jonathan, had for David? Lamentably, millions of Americans lack the cognitive wherewithal needed to answer this query intelligently. Moreover, we can’t teach what we don’t know! Ergo, male bonding in the United States tends to vacillate from being sexual to being superficial, at the expense of it being holistic and spiritual. With well over one million convicted felons in our communities, VICE [www.victoryNchrist.net] affords them a second chance to lead more virtuous and productive lives via an income opportunity in our book club’s Not Guilty Program. After all, have not all of us made “moral mistakes”? Yet, what better illustration of victory in Christ can one find than Victor Hugo’s Jean Valjean? College students and other members of VICE who have spent at least 90 days in a juvenile facility or in foster care are eligible for the same $200.00 discount for Independent Agents distributing and discussing books with their customers. This is an amazing tribute http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKsxotI-8fI to the resilience of a foster child. As our ungodly government embraces homosexuality behind bars, in the military, and in civilian life, has Platonic brotherly love become passé? By shaming his son and nephew, was Junior’s grandfather trying amiss to outrun his sexual shadow? Brothers, is this not still true of duplicitous homophobes, or as VICE’s textbook so describes them, surreptitious “convertibles”? As you read this unique textbook, please pay close attention to the paradigm shifting within this family as three generations experience puberty. Extrapolating from what you read, how can you become a better uncle, husband, father, son, brother, or mentor? When you get married and have a son, hopefully in that order, will you be more like Socrates, Junior’s Dad, or Junior’s grandfather? Explain.
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