Meet The Tribe: Shaun Emerson

Meet the Tribe is an ongoing blog post providing more insight into the men who are members of our community. In our inaugural post, we introduce you to Shaun Emerson

A Glimpse of Understanding

I am visiting my brother who lives in Snoqualmie, WA which is about 30 minutes east of Seattle. After dropping off my 16-year-old daughter off for a lunch date, I had about an hour to kill so I decided to hike a few miles away.  I went up the path enjoying the beautiful trees, birds, and squirrels, and my internal …

Tribe 2.0 Update

The Tribe men’s group is excited to announce its new status as a not for profit organization!  The current group began February 2012 in Todd’s living room with a few others longing for authentic conversation and connection amongst men.  Since that 1st meeting seven years ago, we’ve brought men together each month in an effort to break down barriers and redefine …

Response to the Gillette Commercial

There’s a been quite a bit of on-line dialogue in the last 24 hours regarding the new Gillette commercial “We Believe: The Best Men Can Be” If you haven’t seen it, please take a look here. It’s been viewed over 5 million times and the response has been all over the board. Over 100,000 people have given it a thumbs up in appreciation, yet over 400,000 people have given it a thumbs down. I’m intrigued by the quantity and severity of some of the negative responses/comments about this commercial. I find this commercial to be inspiring because it illustrates that we men can collectively be better tomorrow than we are today. Isn’t that the goal of all people?

Don’t Give Your Wife A Break

Yesterday a friend of mine was looking for support regarding an argument he recently had with his wife. The story he shared was similar to experiences I’ve had with my wife. “I worked in the backyard and cleaned out the garage for four hours on Saturday and she seemed pissed about it.” he said, “What was she doing?” I replied …

White Male Privilege & Toxic Masculinity

“White male privilege” and “toxic masculinity” seems to be brought up now more than ever.  Many men I know take offense to these terms.  I don’t because I believe it’s true now and has been true for a very long time.  I have received opportunities in this world that other minorities (females, LGBTQ, race, religion, etc.) have not.  Does this …

Wanted: White Men…

…to step into the mature masculine. I define this as the capacity to be both strong and gentle, competitive and compassionate and the wisdom to know which energy to call on at any particular moment. Some men have recently criticized me for using the term “toxic masculinity” to describe the events that make our news cycle: Vegas shooter, Harvey Weinstein, …