I'm happy to see that NPR is doing this, and that the are including a well-rounded list of voices including Brett McKay's.
Have any of you heard any of the episodes? Any thoughts on the series as a whole?
In the summer of #yesallwomen, #menpr seeks to join the conversation
NPR is running a series on “Men in America”
By Gabriel Rosenberg
Last year, NPR producer Melissa Gray began thinking about her two sons—specifically, about how to raise them in contemporary society. Were she to suddenly need to parent her boys by herself, Gray realized she had no idea what she should teach them about “manhood.”
“Things have changed, and my default is the 1960s default of what manhood was, and the more I thought about it, I wasn’t the only one,” Gray said.
Over at All Things Considered, Gray brought her concern to the radio show’s “big ideas” meeting last December. She pitched her idea of talking about men, and what it means to be a man in America, to the table, and the conversation heated up.
The resulting series, “Men in America” (or #menpr on Twitter), launched on June 23 and will run for 10 weeks. Hosted by Audie Cornish, “Men in America” will be divided into three sections, focusing on different parts of men’s lives. The first, looking at childhood and early development, is happening now. From there, the series will examine young adulthood—looking at college, dating, relationships, and friendships. The final third focuses on adulthood and the end of life.
I am sure there are a few kernels of interesting material here and there through the series, but it is National Peoples' Radio. It's going to be a roll of interviews with men who stay at home while their wives work, can't change the oil in the prius themselves, have gutless office jobs while complaining about their station in life and/or have to call a contractor to do anything more complicated than wash dishes.
Examples: "...and on a club for middle school boys to talk about their emotions..."
"...started after the misogynist writing of University of California, Santa Barbara mass killer Elliot Rodger came to light .." ( Elliot was just insane, he killed more men than women. His issues with gender and sex were simply the vehicle he attached his psychological issues onto )
Paraphrasing the comedian Bill Burr, having NPR do a series on the nature of masculinity would be akin to me writing a book on what women can expect during their 3rd trimester.
What the actual fuck?
Words don't even begin to describe all that I want to say about this. I can't imagine a marriage where issues are so heavily decided on by one person. Yikes.
Don't worry too much; it looks fake. Who the hell holds a sign like that?
I bet the book would be a hoot, let me know when it's on Amazon.
NPR often bores me to tears, but I'll give it a try. Sounds interesting.
It's actually a somewhat interesting series, and I'm not terribly interested in how others define or act out their masculinity. Many of the discussions on the radio program are similar to topics on this site.
Not really an argument in it's favor.
Michael, I'm not sure if your assertion that NPR stands for National People's Radio was meant to be a joke, but just in case it wasn't, it's actually National PUBLIC Radio, and maybe the articles are about that sort of stuff, because... well articles about guys who have regular "guy" jobs would be kinda boring, and whatever you might think of NPR, they are in the entertainment business.
I realize there are many men who gravitate to sites like artofmanliness because of deep feelings of insecurity, but give me a fricken break and grow some balls. NPR's coverage of this issue is not an attack on your manhood.
Honestly, only men, it seems, can be this hypersensitive.