Father's Day & Masculinity
It's Just For Fun Friday! On JFFF, we review items and activities that you can do with your kids in order to increase their cultural competence and diversity awareness.
This week is a little different from the norm, but it's not unprecedented. Just like we did a special JFFF on Mother's Day, this week we are focusing on Father's Day. Happy Father's Day to all the amazing dads out there! We are using Father's Day as an opportunity to think about and discuss our own ideas about maleness and masculinity. This seems fitting as traditionally, being an involved father was not thought of as a very masculine thing to do. And men were certainly not supposed to actually show true affection towards their children. I'm thankful that some things have changed. That men who shower their children with hugs, kisses, and other signs of affection are much less likely to be seen in a negative way. Affection is not effeminate; it's human. But we still have a long way to go.
I've received some feedback that you would like to see me talk about current events more, so I'm incorporating some of my thoughts about the Brock Turner case into this week. The connection between masculinity and sexual conquest is undeniable and I believe it contributes to a culture that excuses, or even condones, sexual assault. Disclaimer - this week's video is not for little ones.
So this week is an opportunity for you to think about your own views on masculinity and how you are presenting that to your kids. Men have an important responsibility to change their behavior, but women contribute to our culture as well and also share the responsibility to change it. Check out the video and the one-page guide on ideas for how to get started. While, admittedly, this week's video is less 'fun', it is all about making these conversations less intimidating and more accessible. I think we accomplish that here.
Have you ever examined your own views about masculinity? If not, what is/was holding you back? How will you introduce the topic to your kids? If you have already, what was the most surprising thing that they told you? Leave a comment below.
Most of all, enjoy. And don't forget to HAVE FUN!
Check back next week for another Just For Fun Friday!
6/17/2016 02:57:06 pm
Dr. Sweeney, thank you for tackling a thorny, controversial subject that certainly needs to be discussed within the context of diversity. I would encourage you to continue to address current events under the umbrella of Just for Fun Fridays. I really liked your one page printout and I hope others take advantage of it and use it as a springboard to discuss masculinity.
11/21/2020 06:09:59 am
Thank you for shariing
7/18/2022 01:04:31 pm
Great blog postt
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