Author Archives: Leslie Loftis

Why Don’t We Value Spacial Intelligence?

From Jonathan Wai in Psychology Today: Over 90 years ago, Lewis Terman attempted to identify the brightest kids in California.  There were two young boys who took Terman’s test but who did not make the cutoff to be included in … Continue reading

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Going to DadsHouse

From Karen Woodall in Huffington Post: With absolutely no statutory help available for dads in this position, those who find themselves outside of the family unit are, without the help of family and friends, destined for a life of sofa … Continue reading

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Is society telling boys something is wrong with them?

From “Boy Is Beautiful” in Psychology Today by Mark Sherman, Ph. D. What was the picture? Was it a gun? A bomb? The scene of an explosion? No. It was an anatomically correct stick figure of a man. Yes, it … Continue reading

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‘Equal pay day’ this year is April 12; the next ‘equal occupational fatality day’ will be in the year 2027

On the gender gap in occupational fatalities by Mark Perry at the American Enterprise Institute: Every year the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) publicizes its “Equal Pay Day” to bring public attention to the gender pay gap. According to the NCPE, … Continue reading

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Fatherhood program for inmates loses funding

It was not one of the five fatherhood programs supported by the US Department of Health and Human Services. As reported by John Hult: The Sioux Falls-based non-profit had applied for a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and … Continue reading

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The “Mystery Measure” That Lifts Children

The “Mystery Measure” That Lifts Children by Dr. Ned Holstein (This article first appeared in the commission newsletter, The Proposal.) Despite the 50-year War on Poverty, the social safety net, and the War on Drugs, poverty and social dysfunction of … Continue reading

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The Gender Role & The Gender Brain in Education

The Gender Role & The Gender Brain in Education by Sean Kullman (This article first appeared in the commission newsletter, The Proposal.) The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) does important work on civil rights, and the single-sex school debate continues … Continue reading

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The Primacy of Moderate Self-esteem

The Primacy of Moderate Self-esteem by Marty Nemko (This article first appeared in the commission newsletter, The Proposal) Careers Tips for Boys’ Parents: Toward Moderate Self-Esteem Part one of a four-part series that helps parents help set the stage for their boys’ career … Continue reading

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The Single Sex Classrooms Debate

The Single Sex Classrooms Debate by Michael Gurian (This article first appeared in the commission newsletter, The Proposal.) When I began to develop nature-based theory more than 25 years ago, I did not know it would be used in all … Continue reading

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“Young Voices” attends Brown and Black Forum (video)

“Young Voices” is a new program on TV/radio in which young men tell their stories of living through the boy crisis. They also attend events live in the field to listen and offer their voices. A few representatives attended the Democratic … Continue reading

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Raising Kids and Running a Household: How Working Parents Share the Load

A new survey report from Pew Research Centers: While mothers and fathers offer somewhat different views of the division of labor in their household, there is general agreement about who in their family is more job- or career-focused. For example, … Continue reading

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Bringing an End to Custody Battles at the Holidays for the Good of the Children

From Jim Ellis interviewing Dianna Thompson in The Legacy: Many in society are aware of the prevalence of divorce and have a general idea of the impact on children. The landscape of fatherless homes is harsh, as shown by the statistics. … Continue reading

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Work With Boys—Not Against Their Nature

From Christina Hoff Sommers in the New York Times: Rather than try to change the basic nature of boys, why not work with who they are? Consider the all-too-typical case of Justin, a Southern California boy who loved science fiction, pirates and … Continue reading

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Say good-bye to the “involved dad”

From Michael Kress in the Washington Post: I know what you’re thinking. Many dads still have not earned the “involved” adjective. Perhaps they’re emotionally distant, focused on the traditional breadwinner role. Or worse, far too many are absent entirely, leaving their children … Continue reading

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Happier thoughts: Changing Perception of Fatherhood in Pop Culture, aka #DadsInAds

Recently the oafish dad characterization has changed. After the complaints to a Lowes paint commercial in 2014, advertising agencies changed how they potrayed dads, and the public encouraged it. This is an ongoing collection of positive dad commercials. #RealStrength Dove Men+Care January … Continue reading

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A Man’s World but Not a Boy’s: Those supporting women should also encourage boys

From Mark Sherman in Psychology Today: What is someone like me to do? While I had a mother I loved and respected, and I have a wife I adore, my children and grandchildren – for whom, like every parent and … Continue reading

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Tricked or Indebted on Land, Abused or Abandoned at Sea

What human trafficking looks like for young men by Ian Urbina in the New York Times. Mr. Andrade, who died in February 2011, and nearly a dozen other men in his village had been recruited by an illegal “manning agency,” tricked … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Men After Paris and Before the Second Democratic Debate

From Leslie Loftis at the PJ Tatler: The decline of manliness is not a new observation. We have discouraged men from acting like men for decades now….now that the little danger, and the three-quarters of a century without a world … Continue reading

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Disposable Dads and the Myth of the Modern Family

From Karen Woodall in Huffington Post UK’s Building Modern Men series: I work in the field of family separation and I meet disposable dads every day. These men, who appear at times to me to be nothing more than the … Continue reading

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Family Structure and the Gender Gap

Following on an earlier post, the concerns about fatherless America 20 years ago, here is more recent data summarized by W. Bradford Wilcox in National Review: On October 14, Princeton University and Brookings released a new issue of The Future of Children, focused … Continue reading

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A review of “Fatherless America”

A review of “Fatherless America” by Chester E. Finn in Commentary:  And as for the now-absent biological father, even when he provides financial support and regularly visits his progeny, Blankenhorn is brutally candid: “The end of co-residency and the rupture … Continue reading

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