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 have listened to a few of these and have the same thoughts every time. They do a good job of talking about what males are currently experiencing in America but not what a man should be or what manliness actually is. I wrote an article addressing this a while back which you can find here (What does it mean to be a man?).
I think the series is good for discussion but practically I think it confuses the issue of what manliness is and how to live a virtuous life.
Real men do not listen to NPR. NPR is for women only.
Wrong. Back under the bridge with you.