Ellen, are you speaking of cults in general,
Yes. Cults in general.
They are boringly and predictably similar under the surface. They poach each other's tactics and put their own brand on them, pretending THEY are in possession of some secret "technology" or other such nonsense.
Some of the suggested activities were shaving each other, massaging each other, washing each others feet, undressing and putting your clothers in a pile - then choosing someone's clother to wear. This kind of intimate behavior, which is kept very secret, especially from the wives, is very bothersome, and puzzling.
I could not undersand why this was done. I can now see how breaking down sexual boundaries is also a way of breaking down a man's identity, and therefore, pulling him deeper into their control.
Part of the motivation here by the leaders is to get men to do things they might be ashamed to reveal to outsiders so that they become more vulnerable to exposure and more bonded as a group. You can see how this might serve cult purposes.
I am alarmed how many women do not seem to be concerned about their husband's involvement in this group. They do not seem to wonder what goes on there. They take everything at face value.
I have a friend/acquaintance I have know for 2 years. We are mainly phone buddies. I mentioned this to her back in January, shortly after my husband came back. I did not have all the information I now have, just my gut feeling something was not right with MKP. She informed me her husband had been in this for years, and it was the most wonderful organization she had ever known. She was upset I was speaking of them negatively. Yet, in all the 2 years of many conversations, she had never once mentioned this group to me. Very strange her husband was in something so wonderful, yet it had never been mentioned to me.
Some women are probably thrilled to have a more obedient, tractable, and controllable husband. After all, these are the things the cult leadership do to them to remake them all the while persuading them that they are "reborn" in some super-hero, super-macho way. Both funny and sad, when you think about it.