Boys to Men: Transforming the Boys Crisis into our Sons’ Opportunities
The Canadian Association for Equality is excited to announce a 3 city tour with the award-winning author of The Myth of Male Power, Why Men Earn More and Why Men Are The Way They Are
Dr. Warren Farrell will speak in Guelph (Nov 14) and Toronto (Nov 16)
Dr. Warren Farrell, a pioneer in bringing balance to the gender dialogue and raise awareness of men’s issues, will discuss timely and critical problems facing today’s boys & men. Enlightening and provocative events on a host of topics you won’t hear anywhere else. Whether you’re a man or a woman, parent or child, you won’t want to miss this!
Talk Description (longer version here):
Throughout the industrialized world, our sons are about a quarter century behind our daughters–dropping out of school, preoccupied with video games and video porn, committing suicide, and demonstrating a “failure to launch.” But those are just the symptoms. How deep is the crisis? What are its causes? What paradigm shift is needed to transform the boy crisis into our sons’ opportunities? Dr. Farrell’s presentation will invite the entire audience’s participation.
Short Bio (longer version here):
Dr. Warren Farrell has been chosen by the Financial Times as one of the world’s top 100 thought leaders. His books are published in 15 languages. They include two award-winning international best-sellers, Why Men Are The Way They Are plus The Myth of Male Power. Dr. Farrell has appeared on more than 1,000 TV shows, from Oprah to Larry King Live and Today show. He has been featured repeatedly in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Warren is currently co-authoring with John Gray a book to be called Boys to Men. He is chair of the Commission to Create a White House Council on Boys and Men.
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Boys to Men: Transforming the Boys Crisis into our Sons’s Opportunities
Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 7:30PM,
War Memorial Hall, 390 Gordon St., University of Guelph
Boys to Men: Transforming the Boys Crisis into our Sons’s Opportunities
Friday, November 16, 2012, 7:00PM
J.J.R. MacLeod Auditorium | University of Toronto, Medical Sciences Building | 1 Kings College Circle, Toronto ON
FULL TALK DESCRIPTION AND BIOGRAPHY
In the past, societies that survived did so by socializing their sons to be disposable—disposable in war and disposable at work. They achieved this by honoring boys who risked their lives as “heroes.” Since these heroes became the most eligible for sex, love, marriage and fathering, this value system survived. The problem is that the very process that led to the society surviving often led to our sons dying. To question this means to question our core values about boys and masculinity. It concerns every parent, and begs for a new national discussion to be pioneered differently by each university discipline. For example:
Mental Health - Why boys’ suicide rate goes from equal to girls to five times girls’ as boys adapt to the masculine role. How our sons’ mental health is defined differently if heroism is to include a willingness to be disposable than it will be if our sons’ health is a top priority. Why our sons are almost a half-century behind our daughters psychologically. The impact of father absence on our sons’ mental health.
Education – As our schools focused their binoculars for a half century on girls’ education, what did they miss about boys’ education? Why understanding our sons—and daughters—requires a multi-disciplinary approach broader than the social sciences. What our schools need to do to prepare our sons for a future of changes in “men’s work” and to be successful in what is now usually “women’s work.”
Gender Studies - How the full integration of genuine boys and men’s issues into gender studies can reinvigorate gender studies as a vibrant leader in the university curriculum. Why this means less focus on ideology and more on a holistic comprehension of the challenges of a transition from both sexes’ rigid roles of the past to both sexes’ need for more flexible roles for our future (a “gender transition movement”). Why this will require a rigorous understanding of all disciplines, and openness to all ideologies.
Economics/Business/Finance – How our sons’ economic role will be altered both by young men’s desire to become more-involved dads and by young mothers’ ambivalence about being more involved in the workplace. What changes in business need to be made for businesses to attract the best men (and women)? Redefining “best men.” Which solutions to the gender pay gap and “glass ceilings” can be found in family roles and economics? What trade-offs will such solutions involve? When and how should business help?
Science/Biology/Medicine – How boys and girls’ brains differ even in the womb. When aspects of boys’ brains are adaptive to the past but not the future, what can we do, and what should we do? When should schools and parents adapt to boys’ nature; when should schools and parents help boys adapt to a more functional future? Why research in neuroplasticity and the brain’s RCZ (rostral cingulate zone) helps us see that nature vs. nurture is a false dichotomy. Why American males died only one year sooner than females in 1920, but die five years sooner today.
Sociology - In the past, boys without a high school education could work in construction, agriculture and manufacturing; how do we prepare these boys for industries that will be growing rather than shrinking? What is the power of father involvement in boys’ economic and social mobility, personal happiness, and social competence?
Political Science/Law – Section 15 (the “equal protection” Section) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, would presumably allow dads to have equal rights to their children after divorce. If that is not enforced, how is father deprivation after divorce affecting our sons (and daughters)? Does equal sentencing for equivalent crimes get enforced in practice or do men get longer sentences for the same crime? Is there equal government support of men’ physical and mental health (e.g., equal numbers of bureaus of men’s health)? Are there equal numbers of men and women in government bureaus of gender analysis? Are federal scholarships being given more to women than men? Are universities that receive federal monies graduating more young women than young men? As our sons see the differential impact of these laws on their parents, how does this affect them?
About Warren Farrell
Dr. Warren Farrell has been chosen by the Financial Times as one of the world’s top 100 thought leaders, and by the Center for World Spirituality (in 2011) as one of the world’s spiritual leaders. His books are published in over 50 countries, and in 15 languages. They include two award-winning international best-sellers, Why Men Are The Way They Are plus The Myth of Male Power. Dr. Farrell is currently the Chair of the Commission to Create a White House Council on Boys to Men, and is co-authoring Boys to Men with John Gray (Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus).
Dr. Farrell’s books contribute to 12 disciplines. A book on couples communication, Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say, was a selection of the Book-of-the Month Club. His Father and Child Reunion has inspired many dads to be more involved with their children. And Why Men Earn More: The Startling Truth Behind the Pay Gap–and What Women Can Do About It was chosen by U.S. News and World Report in 2006 as one of the top four books on careers.
Dr. Farrell has taught at the university level in five disciplines, and appeared on more than 1,000 TV and radio shows, from Oprah to Larry King Live. He has been featured repeatedly in Forbes, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He has two daughters, and lives with his wife in Mill Valley, California, and virtually at www.warrenfarrell.com.