Becoming a man is harder than you think. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, novelist Carol Shields describes the dilemma facing men in a post-feminist age, while a child psychologist says we deny boys an inner life. Also, Jake Lamar talks about being a Black man in America and why he likes living in Paris.
Michael Thompson is a child psychologist and co-author (with Dan Kindlon) of "Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys." He tells Steve Paulson that the way society treats boys denies them an inner life and that we should be teaching them emotional literacy. He says boys need to know that it's OK to have feelings and to talk about them. Also, novelist Carol Shields ("The Stone Diaries" and "Larry's Party") talks with Jim Fleming about the dilemmas facing modern men who have no role models to guide them through social changes like the women's movement.SEGMENT 2:
Freelance writer Liza Featherstone tells Jim Fleming about the new men's magazines, especially "Men's Health." She says they're completely appearance oriented and have become as shallow and frivolous as women's magazines have always been. Her article appears in the Columbia Journalism Review. And we hear from Christine Lavin on the subject of "Sensitive New Age Guys." Also, Psychiatrist Harrison Pope and researcher Roberto Olivardia and the co-authors of an article in the International Journal of Eating Disorders. They tell Judith Strasser that "action figures" have become grotesquely muscular in recent years. It's just one of the ways society is teaching men to be unhappy with their body image.SEGMENT 3:
Writer Jake Lamar tells Steve Paulson that his new novel "Close to the Bone" deals with the issue of what it means to be a middle class Black man in America. Lamar also explains why he likes living in Paris, and contrasts French racial attitudes to what he experienced in America.Cassette copies are available at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 99-05-23-C.
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