Ours is a dissociative culture — a culture that separates body from mind, body from spirit, feeling from thinking. This kind of dissociation is a special requirement of masculinity in patriarchy. From boyhood on, men are subjected to a relentless conditioning process that teaches them to armor their bodies against emotion. . . . Women are expected to carry, feel, and display the emotional vulnerability that is taboo for men; but, at the same time, we are devalued for doing so. . . . Both men and women are impaired.

Miriam Greenspan, Healing Through the Dark Emotions