Why Boys Are Falling Behind & Three Steps You Can Take to Propel Them to Success | Richard Reeves

Why Boys Are Falling Behind & Three Steps You Can Take to Propel Them to Success | Richard Reeves

In today’s episode, we cover masculinity with Richard Reeves. Richard is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he directs the Future of the Middle Class Initiative and co-directs the Center on Children and Families, and is the author of several books including his latest, Of Boys and Men: Why the Modern Male Is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do about It.

Western culture is experiencing a masculinity crisis, so what does mature masculinity look like in today’s society, what defines toxic masculinity vs mature masculinity, and how do we start instilling masculinity in our boys?

What to Listen For

  • Introduction – 0:00
  • What are the trends in education and how are they impacting the genders?
  • Why is there a lack of male teachers?
  • The Crisis of Fatherhood – 24:07
  • What role should fathers play moving forward?
  • What does mature masculinity look like in modern society and how do we instill it in our children?
  • Toxic Masculinity – 38:15 
  • What is the difference between mature masculinity and toxic masculinity?
  • What role do rites of passage play in the transition from boyhood to manhood and what consequences do we face as a culture without them?
  • Where do we start if we want to revitalize the masculinity in our society? 
  • The Gender Pay Gap is a Parenting Gap – 59:07
  • What is the reason for the gender pay gap?

Masculinity is not a dirty word. It’s time to reclaim it and redefine it for the modern world. We can start by teaching our children what mature masculinity looks like, modeling healthy behavior ourselves, and creating spaces where men can gather to discuss these issues. Together we can shift the paradigm of toxic masculinity and work towards a more inclusive society that celebrates all forms of masculinity.

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