At The Atlantic online, Lily Rothman thinks advice columns specifically for men aren’t emotional and, well, feminine enough.
A new addition to the field came just recently, with Slate‘s debut of a new advice-for-men column called the Gentleman Scholar, and he’s not alone. There’s not actually a shortage of men giving advice. Still, looking at the questions men ask in those forums, it’s clear that the message about male emotions hasn’t evolved too much past a punch-line.
Next Tuesday, we’re delighted to have Slate‘s “Dear Prudence”/aka Emily Yoffee visit our American Advice class at Lake Forest College via Skype. We firmly instructed the students to bring good questions for Ms. Yoffee. Perhaps I’ll ask her about her take on Rothman’s thesis.