October 15, 2001 Shiela Anderson
This video focuses on the terrors and triumphs of growing up male in America and explores various societal influences that affect male attitudes. Author William Pollack explains the "boy code" that dictates that males must stand on their own two feet and remain macho, while a psychologist introduces the "culture of cruelty" theory that suggests that boys feel pressure to prove their masculinity and appear strong. Footage also takes viewers to Idaho, where troubled teens are forced to survive with strangers in a wilderness intervention program. Interviews with parents, teachers, and teen offer additional clues and insight into male behavior. This promises to spur follow-up discussion; for parents, educators, and teens.