Reading Group Notes:
What Men Don't Talk About
Why does society finds it so hard to
acknowledge that boys (and men) can be vulnerable, and what
are the effects?
What is the emotional mis-education
of boys and how does it impact on their lives, relationships
Although, like girls, teen boys have
complex emotional lives, largely they remain beneath the surface.
do they present themselves? How different might their lives
be if they were encouraged to be more expressive?
Why is it the dark face of boy’s sport
remains hidden? What does it say about what we want of boys
What is the fallout?
Psychologist Jo Tanenbaum warns society
to take care when raising boys who are so attuned to the needs
women without also ensuring boys understand their own needs
and how to fulfil them. What is your response to this?
The dysfunction of teen is increasingly
seen as the norm. What does this do to our young men?
Why are men viewed as emotional cripples,
and what can be done to reverse this?
What do men want from relationships?
Is this compatible with the needs of women?
Men express love in a myriad of ways
– what are some of the ways you are aware of.
Men do have their own language. How
can women learn the language of men, and how can men learn
to better express
The tenderness of men isn’t something
most of us think about, but it is both real and profound. How
this tenderness be nurtured and encouraged.
When we talk of men at work we have
become distracted by the one or two per cent of men who run
and sit on boards. What is the experience of most men at
The anxieties and immense love many
fathers have for their kids is little understood or expressed
– as is
the importance in the developmental progress of their children.
How can this be better understood and articulated?
What is it our older men need from us
– and what is their legacy for upcoming generations?
Most women know the importance of girlfriends
in their lives, but what of the friendship of men?
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