Raising Boys

by Laura Ellis on December 24, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Raising Boys
If you’ve paid attention to the media lately, you’ve heard that American boys are in crisis – lagging behind educationally, and disconnected from their masculinity. Others argue that these problems are no more a part of boys’ lives than snakes, snails and puppy dog tails – and that maybe it’s pressure to be stereotypically manly that exacerbates the difficulties they do experience. Join us this Wednesday when we look at the status of boys from both sides, and see what challenges are involved in raising boys today. Because this is a show from our archives, we won’t be taking calls this hour.

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Bart Dulond December 28, 2008 at 3:02 am

I do not know why we continue to give credence to those who “blame the patriarchy for boys”. The intellectual fallacious arguments they make are tiresome and frankly the oppressive example they claim to refute. The construct of masculinity is criticized by feminists, and frankly feminists having any say over the experience and nature of boyhood is ultimately laughable, because their understanding and ultimate construct is wrong. I think the reason we are having so much trouble accepting the narrative of boys in need is because it requires wresting control from women and their vogue ideas of what boys are, and it must take into account that women/mothers are very vested in keeping boys feminized because that is how they exert control over them– it is a threat to call women out on this very common and oppressive exercise. Lets be honest, if girls were struggling as much as boys, the action to do something about it would be monumental. It is boys who are struggling, and the obstruction to do anything about it is coming from women. Now lets start an honest dialogue about sexism and oppression.

Dave K December 28, 2008 at 12:22 pm

Reading the related links told me all I needed to know about the agenda of this program… sadly a very predictable one (given that it’s coming from NPR).

Arianne December 29, 2008 at 2:04 am

What I think is that it is an issue that is not that difficult to solve. Acknowledge that the schools are what boys and men are saying- discriminatory and anti-boy. Address it with the same fervor we put into girls education and the problem will be rectified. Of course, those denying this problem and fighting to sweep it aside are the very ones perpetuating the anti-male society. As a mother, I am tired of the blatant misandry, sexism and discrimination my sons face in public school, and tired of women’s advocacy groups being a large part of the problem in addressing this issue.

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