The dominant culture of “manning up” has had a detrimental and destabilising effect on boys. The hyper masculinity of our young boys is a social construct and not a biological function. Today, many boys are being raised in an environment that rewards dominating the competition, violence as an acceptable means of control, and the sexualisation and objectification of woman. Boys are told to toughen up, suppress their emotions and reject most things feminine. Many boys feel obligated to conform to these norms and in doing so can find the world a very scary, lonely and confusing place.
This has led to a sharp increase in suicide rates in young men, depression, anxiety and other mental disorders are at levels never seen before.
Fortunately there is a way out…
Many men are waking up to the idea that there is a better way to raise our boys that pushes back against these social constructs. A loving connection and emotional availability is the key. By examining their own childhood and changing the things that didn’t work for them many fathers are opening up emotionally to life and dealing with matters of the heart. In doing so they model to their own boys that it’s okay to find the nurturer within. In fact it’s more than okay….it’s in fact a very courageous masculine thing to do and can change their world for the better.
Darrell has featured on Ch9 Good Morning Show – Ch 7 Today Tonight – Radio 6PR and the ABC. He is a feature writer for US Magazine “You and Your Family” and a contributor to “National Men’s Health Magazine”
Join Darrell for an intimate conversation as he discusses his journey to discover just what it takes to be a loving connected father and husband in today’s world
This is an interactive session where questions from the audience will be facilitated during the presentation
Where: Falcon Library and Community centre – Cnr Flavia St and Cobblers Rd Falcon
When: Thurs 27th Oct 2016 6.30pm to 8.00pm
Cost: Free – Books available for purchase –
Booking essential: E: Irena.Sajdovic@mandurah.wa.gov.au Ph: (08) 9550 3230 Irena Sajdovic