When men have a venue where they aren’t just hanging out, but opening up and sharing emotionally, in a masculine way, men go home nourished. Both the men and their partners tell me how their once emotionally closed-down demeanors evolve into open and giving ones. Rather than retreating to a video game, TV, the Internet, or a beer, they are engaging with their families. It’s not just that these men are learning how to be different from other men. It’s that they have a place to be a man. They are learning what was never taught to them: masculine emotional intelligence.Photo by Portrait / Wedding Photographer via Compfight.