The upcoming talk "Who's Hiding Behind That Mask" will explore the deeper, often misread needs of boys and young men (even older men). From the time, literally, that they are born, many boys are taught a script they're expected to follow that, while it teaches some beneficial lessons, also shuts many of them down, emotionally. It divorces many of them from their deeper emotions--save anger. As a result, many boys, eventually men, develop a cool, unflappable facade. But this stoicism comes at great cost: It can drive a wedge between boys/men and their relationships with others, most detrimentally, with themselves. While this talk will largely focus on boys and young men, it can definitely be of interest to parents of girls, as well, because it will be a sort of primer to understanding the boys who may eventually enter their daughter's lives. It may be a good springboard for understanding men, as well. There will be time for Q&A.
Andrew Reiner teaches in the Honors College and English department at Towson University. Many of the ideas he will discuss today are central to the seminar he teaches called Real Men Smile: The Changing Face of Masculinity. His writing about masculinity and men's issues has appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post magazine. A piece he wrote about fatherhood was selected as one of the 10 best in 2016 for the Well Family column in the New York Times. He has been interviewed on National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Company and in the Guardian, Men's Health and Forbes. He is in the early stages of a book about masculinity that will explore, among other things, many of the themes he will discuss on April 5.
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