Brenda Stermer shares takeaways from his PBS web series “Manhood in Rural America,” reflects on his own experiences, and considers the possibility of a “new, more flexible, modern manhood.”
In his work in new media, Brendan Stermer encourages offline conversation and reflection around a variety of rural issues. During the summer of 2016, he created the Pioneer Digital Studios web series, “Manhood in Rural America,” an exploration of how local men are experiencing the rapid transformation of gender roles in rural society. Using just a laptop and an old iPhone, Brendan asked 18 men what it means to be a man in rural America. The resulting conversations have been featured on Pioneer Public Television, on Upworthy, and Minnesota Public Radio.
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