Good Monday morning, the Majority Report is back from the Thanksgiving holiday with a new interview featuring journalist Liz Plank on her new book, For the Love of Men: A New Vision for Mindful Masculinity. Sam and Plank begin their conversation discussing the need to expand the context surrounding gender discourse. Plank explains that we are more comfortable limiting boys in their actions in behavior in ways that evoke emotion or vulnerability. Yet, we have no issue promoting boys to perform violence, whether that be toy guns or certain video games. Considering the hierarchy of social roles, how they are gendered, and the value applied to them, Sam and Plank discuss how the state and American capitalism have shaped our understanding of masculinity in our culture. A foundational element of male identity in America is the role of “Provider.” Sam and Liz discuss how, under capitalism, the part of Provider is magnified and brings stress that is not as prevalent in countries whose economies incorporate more elements of socialism. Closing out their conversation, Sam and Plank take on Sam’s “zero-sum” discourse, what happens when white guys begin to lose their disproportionately large piece of the cultural and material pie? Plank concedes that there is a self-correction taking place in society and that white men are losing their entitlement, but, in the end, ending that entitlement will ultimately be a good thing as it will help bring more substantial equality.
And in the Fun Half: a city-run grocery store in deep-red Florida, Mayor Pete’s insincere free college proposal, John from San Antonio plants his Bernie yard sign and shares his latest thoughts on progressives need for delegates in 2020, Louie Gohmert and “the power of positive thinking” legal defense, John Kennedy double backs and reclaims his belief that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 elections, Bloomberg’s unique take on dictatorship and democracy, Brandon Straka updates Walk-Away 2020, Mark Zuckerberg’s private dinner with Donald Trump, Waleed Shahid from Justice Democrats explains the fight for Medicare for All, plus your calls and IMs!
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