One of the main way power relations expressed itself is in creating tension of binary distribution of power, that is often genderial: the - masculine is powerful and dominating, the feminine – powerless and submissive.
Gender identities that don't conform with the binary gender stereotypes, such as "Butch- Femme", transgender, gender- queer, are perceived as abnormal and as such, are not acknowledged as a valid experience.
BPT may support the embodiment process of other non-binary identities, by the embodiment of the marginalized non-binary gender, creating a new context, in which the gender identities were acknowledged as a new form of experience, with a new meaning and new genderial power relations.
Irena Markus Body Psychotherapist, working in a private practice in Tel Aviv, Israel supervising in the public mental health system, group facilitation and teaching Process Work, Gender sensitive perspective on BPT and process work.
Pioneers of a New Manhood
For some time now many men are on their way to a modern manhood. This includes, amongst other things, equal partnership models, committed paternity and caring relationships with their male friends. The contradictory juxtaposition of old role expectations - not only in the professional realm - and new life models often leads to conflict. In contrast to the women's movement, men in their quest still lack an unifying and attractive model of a different kind of manhood. Body psychotherapy in particular can support men in finding a more mindful way of dealing with themselves, enhancing their relational capabilities, their capability to dealing with conflicts and to be positively anchored in their manhood.
Marc Rackelmann, born 1964, Dipl. Pol., HP Psychotherapy, ECP, is body-psychotherapist, couples-therapist and supervisor in private practice in Berlin. He is being educated for years in the Sexual Crucible approach by David Schnarch, in Sexocorporel sextherapy, as well as in pre- and perinatal work by Matthew Appleton. He used to work in education with young men on the subject of masculinity and sexuality. Member of the DGK, the EABP, peer reviewer of the IBPJ and has been on the board of the Wilhelm Reich Society for many years. He was part of the congress planning committee planning and organizing this congress. He is author of articles on couples-therapy, among other topics and of the 2017 book on male sexuality: Make Love – das Männerbuch (“Make Love - the men's book”).