The Burden of Being Male, with Karen Straughan (Ryerson/CCMF – March 2, 2018)

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The Burden of Being Male
Karen Straughan Tour of South Western Ontario

Recorded on March 2nd, 2018
Event co-hosted by the Ryerson Men’s Issues Awareness Society and the Canadian Centre for Men and Families


The data is clear. Growing up without a father can have significant negative consequences for any child, particularly if you’re a boy, and particularly within our cultural environment.

Some 35% of children in the US and Canada do not live with their biological fathers. Many of these kids will not experience a regular, meaningful, positive interaction with a man until they meet their grade 8 math teacher. Fatherless boys are particularly vulnerable to what feminists would describe as “fragile” or “toxic” masculinity, forms of masculinity that are harmful to both those who embody them and the people around them. Why, then, do so many of these same feminists seem so opposed to measures that would promote and reinforce the relationships of sons with their own fathers? Mentoring programs are promoted as a potential remedy, but shouldn’t we be doing everything we can to prevent the malady itself from occurring in the first place?


This event sponsored by the Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE).

The Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE) is a registered national educational charity that supports all efforts toward achieving gender equality built on an affirmative, inclusive and evidence-based approach. This leads to a current focus on building awareness, resources and support for the status, health and well-being of boys, men and fathers. #LetsTalkMen

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CAFE runs the Canadian Centre for Men and Families, a hub for men’s health and social services, with faciliaties across Canada.







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