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Old 11-08-2006, 06:47 PM
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Will boys be boys?

A War Against Boys?
By Michael Kimmel
Fall 2006

Doug Anglin isn’t likely to flash across the radar screen at an Ivy League admissions office. A seventeen-year-old senior at Milton High School, a suburb outside Boston, Anglin has a B-minus average and plays soccer and baseball. But he’s done something that millions of other teenagers haven’t: he’s sued his school district for sex discrimination.

Anglin’s lawsuit, brought with the aid of his father, a Boston lawyer, claims that schools routinely discriminate against males. “From the elementary level, they establish a philosophy that if you sit down, follow orders, and listen to what they say, you’ll do well and get good grades,” he told a journalist. “Men naturally rebel against this.” He may have a point: overworked teachers might well look more kindly on classroom docility and decorum. But his proposed remedies—such as raising boys' grades retroactively—are laughable.

And though it’s tempting to parse the statements of a mediocre high school senior—what’s so “natural” about rebelling against blindly following orders, a military tactician might ask—Anglin’s apparent admissions angle is but the latest skirmish of a much bigger battle in the culture wars. The current salvos concern boys. The “trouble with boys” has become a staple on talk-radio, the cover story in Newsweek, and the subject of dozens of columns in newspapers and magazines. And when the First Lady offers a helping hand to boys, you know something political is in the works. “Rescuing” boys actually translates into bashing feminism.

There is no doubt that boys are not faring well in school. From elementary schools to high schools they have lower grades, lower class rank, and fewer honors than girls. They’re 50 percent more likely to repeat a grade in elementary school, one-third more likely to drop out of high school, and about six times more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

College statistics are similar—if the boys get there at all. Women now constitute the majority of students on college campuses, having passed men in 1982, so that in eight years women will earn 58 percent of bachelor’s degrees in U.S. colleges. One expert, Tom Mortensen, warns that if current trends continue, “the graduation line in 2068 will be all females.” Mortensen may be a competent higher education policy analyst but he’s a lousy statistician. His dire prediction is analogous to predicting forty years ago that, if the enrollment of black students at Ol’ Miss was one in 1964, and, say, two hundred in 1968 and one thousand in 1976, then “if present trends continue” there would be no white students on campus by 1982. Doomsayers lament that women now outnumber men in the social and behavioral sciences by about three to one, and that they’ve invaded such traditionally male bastions as engineering (where they now make up 20 percent) and biology and business (virtually par).

These three issues—declining numbers, declining achievement, and increasingly problematic behavior—form the empirical basis of the current debate. But its political origins are significantly older and ominously more familiar. Peeking underneath the empirical façade helps explain much of the current lineup.

Why Now?
If boys are doing worse, whose fault is it? To many of the current critics, it’s women’s fault, either as feminists, as mothers, or as both. Feminists, we read, have been so successful that the earlier “chilly classroom climate” has now become overheated to the detriment of boys. Feminist-inspired programs have enabled a whole generation of girls to enter the sciences, medicine, law, and the professions; to continue their education; to imagine careers outside the home. But in so doing, these same feminists have pathologized boyhood. Elementary schools are, we read, “anti-boy”—emphasizing reading and restricting the movements of young boys. They “feminize” boys, forcing active, healthy, and naturally exuberant boys to conform to a regime of obedience, “pathologizing what is simply normal for boys,” as one psychologist puts it. Schools are an “inhospitable” environment for boys, writes Christina Hoff Sommers, where their natural propensities for rough-and-tumble play, competition, aggression, and rambunctious violence are cast as social problems in the making. Michael Gurian argues in The Wonder of Boys, that, with testosterone surging through their little limbs, we demand that they sit still, raise their hands, and take naps. We’re giving them the message, he says, that “boyhood is defective.” By the time they get to college, they’ve been steeped in anti-male propaganda. “Why would any self-respecting boy want to attend one of America’s increasingly feminized universities?” asks George Gilder in National Review. The American university is now a “fluffy pink playpen of feminist studies and agitprop ‘herstory,’ taught amid a green goo of eco-motherism . . . ”

Such claims sound tinnily familiar. At the turn of the last century, cultural critics were concerned that the rise of white-collar businesses meant increasing indolence for men, whose sons were being feminized by mothers and female teachers. Then, as now, the solutions were to find arenas in which boys could simply be boys, and where men could be men as well. So fraternal lodges offered men a homo-social sanctuary, and dude ranches and sports provided a place where these sedentary men could experience what Theodore Roosevelt called the strenuous life. Boys could troop off with the Boy Scouts, designed as a fin-de-siècle “boys’ liberation movement.” Modern society was turning hardy, robust boys, as Boy Scouts’ founder Ernest Thompson Seton put it, into “a lot of flat chested cigarette smokers with shaky nerves and doubtful vitality.” Today, women teachers are once again to blame for boys’ feminization. “It’s the teacher’s job to create a classroom environment that accommodates both male and female energy, not just mainly female energy,” explains Gurian.


MUCH more at: http://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/?article=700

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Women don't run the world for a reason, you know what I mean? Try to even debate that one......

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Ahh I don't see it. One needs to learn how to work in society and behave according to societal norms. Running around and playing soccer isn't going to get you far. I think the entire school system needs a major overhaul, certainly this may be a small aspect of the problem.
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Old 11-09-2006, 01:40 AM
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Women don't run the world for a reason, you know what I mean? Try to even debate that one......

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Hahah man I loved that film. Whats funny is that males do have larger brains than females. Doesn't necessarily imply more intelligence but we've got those femenists in that category!
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Old 11-09-2006, 07:52 AM
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Ahh I don't see it. One needs to learn how to work in society and behave according to societal norms. Running around and playing soccer isn't going to get you far. I think the entire school system needs a major overhaul, certainly this may be a small aspect of the problem.
exactly.. the "nerds" such as i have been deemed get left out of these "free rides"
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There should be a healthy balance between studies and play and its not the school's responsibility to provide it all. Also its not just the boys that need a physical outlet. Girls soccer, volleyball, basketball, track, and powderpuff football are popular in our local high school. It all sound like more psycho-babble and absurd grounds for a lawsuit.
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People blame everything on the schools but in reality it's the AMERICAN FAMILY structure that sucks. It all begins in the home!!
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Old 11-09-2006, 09:44 PM
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Naaaw...it's TV's fault. Nobody sits around the dinner tables and talks. Instead, they eat in front of the TV oblivious to the people around them, while getting their programming - what to eat, drink, wear, drive, play, vote, think. Of course people no longer relate to others as well as they should/could - they've been trained by a machine!
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Answer : Boys schools....Girls schools...no more co-ed.



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yikes! that wouldnt be any fun. the guys would have to learn!

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