Tennyson, in a nineteenth-century poem, expressed the firm belief in the difference between men and women.
Man for the field and woman for the heart:
Man for the sword and for the needle she:
Man with the head and woman with the heart:
Man to command and woman to obey.
During the twentieth century, this doctrine of separate spheres was steadily eroded so that by now, in the Western world, woman are expected to use their brains as well as their hearts and men are encouraged to assume some of the roles previously allotted exclusively to women. This dialogue between Esther Perel and Marilyn Yalom will explore the challenges that men and women now face in assuming traits and roles of the opposite gender. Are we edging towards a more androgynous definition of gender and a multiplicity of gender identities? What are the lingering gaps in gender inequality? Is there a “crisis of masculinity”?
*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*
Esther Perel, MA, LMFT, is the best-selling author of Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence, translated into 25 languages. Fluent in nine of them, the Belgian native is a practicing psychotherapist, celebrated speaker and organizational consultant to Fortune 500 companies. The New York Times, in a cover story, named her the most important game changer on sexuality and relationships since Dr. Ruth. Her critically acclaimed viral TED Talks have collectively reached over 10 million viewers.
Marilyn Yalom is senior scholar at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. She received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from John Hopkins and was Professor of French at the California State University at Hayward, before assuming research and administrative roles at Stanford. Her books include Blood Sisters. The French Revolution in Women’s Memory (Basic Books, 1993), A History of the Breast (Knopf, 1991), A History of the Wife (Harper Collins, 2001), Birth of the Chess Queen (Harper Collins, 2004), The American Resting Place with photos by Reid Yalom (Houghton Mifflin, 2008), How the French Invented Love (Harper Collins, 2012), The Social Sex with Theresa Brown (Harper Collins, 2015) and The Amorous Heart: An Unconventional History of Love (Basic Books, forthcoming January 2018). She lives in Palo Alto with her husband, the psychiatrist and author Irvin Yalom.
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