March 10, 2020

19 Warren Farrell the father of the men's movement & author of “The Boy Crisis”

19 Warren Farrell the father of the men's movement & author of “The Boy Crisis”

Warren Thomas Farrell is 77. He is an American educator, activist and author of seven books on men's and women's issues.

All of his books are related to men's and women's studies, including his March 2018 publication “The Boy Crisis”. Farrell initially came to prominence in the 1970s as a supporter of second wave feminism; he served on the New York City Board of the National Organization for Women (NOW).

Although today he is generally considered "the father of the men's movement" he advocates for neither a men’s nor a women’s movement but a gender liberation movement. Warren chairs the Coalition to Create a White House Council on Boys and Men amongst other things to influence change.

In the session Warren opens up about his own family set-up and his experiences and challenges as a step-dad of 2 girls. His one daughter was adopted by his wife before they got together and the other daughter is a biological child from his wife and her previous partner.

Warren also shares amazing insights and learnings from a few decades of research. We talk about adoption, mom-style parenting and dad-style parenting and the effects, father involvement - or the lack thereof - and the consequences. Fir instance: Warren told me the single biggest predictor of suicide for boys is a lack of father involvement.

Another topic he elaborates on is how much can be gained simply by making sure dad and mom are both aware and honour the contribution dads make by means their intuitive actions.

The most powerful takeaways for me as a dad where:

  1. Structured family dinner nights help everybody in the family feeling heard and fostering positive ties.
  2. Roughhousing leads to children being more empathetic and understand the difference between assertiveness and aggression - so keep on going dads.
  3. The single biggest predictor of success is postponed gratification.
  4. “Moms can’t hear what dads don’t say.”

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Links from this episode:

Warren Farrell (guest):

  1. Warren Farrell on Wikipedia
  2. Coalition to Create a White House Council on Boys and Men
  3. Warren’s official website

Philipp Hartmann (host):

  1. Philipp Hartmann
  2. Philipp Hartmann on LinkedIn

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