Men’s groups are embracing an alternative conception of American masculinity

He brought the men together with a collective ommmm. “Feel the vibration resonate in the floor,” Williamson said. “Feel the connection to your brothers.”

It was a kind of connection that U.S. men increasingly say is missing from their lives, leaving them lonely, disconnected and, often, angry. Earlier this year, Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy declared the country to be in an “epidemic of loneliness and isolation.” National suicide rates have risen in recent decades, and men in 2021 died by suicide at a rate nearly four times higher than women, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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