Winter Moon Rises
Winter Moon Rises is the third installment in the trilogy that includes Summer’s Path and Waiting for Autumn, and is based on a personal journey into fatherhood by filmmaker and international bestselling author Scott Blum.
How do you feel the male experience is different from the female experience of becoming a parent?
Scott Blum: Initially, our human instincts kick into well defined roles during the initial stages of pregnancy: Males are preoccupied with providing food, shelter, money, etc. while females are busied with preparing the nest, nurturing the fetus and her own body. However, after the physical preparations have been made, the couple begins to share common experiences. In some ways, the journey to the top of the Maslow’s pyramid is accelerated as we collectively re-live our own childhood during those nine months. We try to make sense of our own sense of belonging, self-esteem and goals of self-actualization and ultimately come to terms with how we are going to pass our own values to our child. At the same time, it’s also important to put our own values into perspective with the rest of the world and ultimately honor the child’s individuality, especially as it relates to gender issues.
The characters explore gender issues and lead into some very interesting questions. Is gender something you were planning to explore or was it something that manifested organically from your own path into fatherhood?
Scott Blum: One of the biggest issues that the becoming a parent brought up for me is the concrete gender roles and societal structures around “mother” and “father”. I am a product of the women’s liberation movement and feminism and had long ago made peace with what I thought equality was. However, when confronted with bringing a child into the world and filling a tangible role, I was forced to explore what it means to be male and to honor the differences in the genders. Ultimately, we are all connected as one whether we are male or female, and at the same time we can celebrate our differences which are definitely more pronounced during pregnancy.
In the book you ask the question, “Are men necessary?” How did you end up answering that question from your own perspective?
Scott Blum: While I was writing, I was fascinated to learn that females have been out-numbering males in a statistically significant way for generations in the United States and most of Europe. This raises the question as to what the impact from an evolutionary perspective the decline of the male species will be.
Are we going through an evolutionary process of elimination or is the very concept of gender changing?