Daniel Smith on "Monkey Mind"

January 2, 2013

Daniel Smith talks to Anne Strainchamps about his book, "Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety."



The interviewer, Ms. Strainchamps, seemed to minimize and actually joke about the experience of the author's molestation at age 16 by two women in their mid-twenties. If the genders were reversed (a 16 y/o female having her first "sexual experience" with two mid-twenty males), the tone of that portion of the interview would have likely recognized the "experience" for what it was - sexual molestation. It is essential that we as a society recognize that teen and preteen males are molested by females; that this can have a long term negative effect on the survivor and his future relationships. Thanks,

I disagree, Therapist, that Ms. Strainchamps "seemed to minimize and actually joke about the experience of the author's molestation at age 16". She has a happy, flutey voice, which is emotionally uplifting, but I thought she took the author seriously.

In contrast, Mr. Smith, the author, strongly acknowledged that his experience would seem desirable to most teenage boys. I agree thoroughly with you that he was in fact sexually abused, and he admits that the experience was deeply painful. But I think it unfair to interpret Ms. Strainchamps' response as unsympathetic.

Irrelevantly, I would like to say that Mr. Smith is, in my opinion, one of the most eloquent authors I have heard on this program - or maybe any other. I wonder if you agree?

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