Jordan’s book, “Father Figure; How to Be a Feminist Dad” takes on a number of narratives about parenthood and gender and offers a set of frameworks to challenge a lot of common understandings of parenting and fatherhood.

This episode is for you if you’re ready to geek out at the intersection of Archetypal Psychology and Feminist thought. It’s for you if you’re a Dad struggling to make sense of what’s happening with your kids. It’s for you if you’re determined to not reproduce some of the damaging messages  you may be carrying about what it means to be a ‘Father Figure’ in your kids lives.

4:30 – How our culture is being challenged to reimagine core ideas around agency, autonomy, and personal growth.

7:00 – Looking at Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey with new eyes

10:00 – Using the Hero’s Journey to draw distinctions around where we fit in and where we push back against cultural norms.

13:45 – Learning to parse the useful … and the not so useful.

15:00 – How do we find meaning?

30:00 – What does it mean to be a Feminist Dad?

38:00 – But without the old narrative, isn’t it just chaos?

42:00 – Learning to reflect when you’re in the ‘Fall-Back’ Position.

43:00 – The Four Frames of Responsive Fathering / Responsive Parenting

47:00 – Recognizing that we’re in conflicting myths.

55:30 – The Value of Emotions / Catharsis / and the Therapeutic Process.

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Books Referenced in the Episode: 

Father Figure: How to Become A Feminist Dad by Jordan Shapiro

The New Childhood: Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World by Jordan Shapiro

The Hero with A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

Phallacy: Life Lessons from the Animal Penis by Emily Jane Willingham 

The Will to Change by bell hooks

Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom by bell hooks