What the New Gillette Ad Misses About Boys — Psychology Today

“But the conversation about the ad, and maybe the ad itself, seem to miss the most important point. Where, we should be asking, does male misbehavior come from? How are so many boys transformed from innocent, empathically-attuned human hearts to become perpetrators of sexual harassment and assault in later years?”

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Listen to Dr. Reichert on WHYY's Radio Times

Host Marty Moss-Coane moderates a conversation between Dr. Michael C. Reichert and Dr. Michael Lindsey, professor of poverty studies and Executive Director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy at New York University.

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"What Jason’s parents felt, even if they didn’t see it clearly, was that their son drank the cultural brew and had become intoxicated. He was all too willing to sacrifice himself for the higher purpose offered by historic masculine values ⏤ even though routine casualties have always been an inconvenient truth about boyhood."

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"Modern sexual mores ask a lot of millennial and Gen Z men, who are being whipsawed between two unyielding cultural forces. While the movement for gender equality offers everyone, including men, a better deal overall — and has the advantage of being fair — traditional masculinity continues to teach boys lessons in dominance, exploitation, shame, and loss. From this clash, some fear an 'end of men' — or at least an end to the historic masculinity most males take to heart."

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"Indeed, Comey’s initial moral claim was promptly challenged, as the president responded in his preferred Twitter vernacular to cast Comey as an 'untruthful slime ball.' The Republican National Committee echoed his view, amplifying the message on Fox News, and the rest of mainstream media weighed in as well: An April 10 Washington Post story said that Trump 'may well be the most corrupt major business figure in the United States of America.'

As a psychologist specializing in male development, I am not surprised that the scout/scoundrel trope is once again being used to explain men’s character."

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The Parkland Shooting Calls Attention to Male Violence – The Atlantic

By Michael C. Reichert

"Male violence is rooted in the conditions provided for boys: In compelling them to distance themselves from those they depend on, shut down their necessary emotions, and harden themselves in an effort to feel no pain, male conditioning violates boys’ basic natures and sets them up to act out in ways that hurt others. Inadvertently, lessons intended to toughen boys in preparation for manhood make them lonelier, less adaptive, and less resilient. Like a one-trick pony: domination, anger, and aggression all the time."

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"What is modeled, though, in the interaction between the Fab Five and their clients is the power of caring relationships to rehabilitate men who have been left behind. As the five men prepare to say goodbye to their charge, they share that they have “fallen in love with him,” saying, “You are such an amazing man.” Receiving such genuine appreciation, Tom breaks down in tears. It is clear he has never experienced such attention and support, and he admits he will miss his makeover team. “We all just want to be loved,” one of the Fab Five explains, with tears flowing all around."

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