Author Archives: Leslie Loftis

Why don’t we hear about the numbers of male abuse victims?

From Jenna Birch at Yahoo! Health: Roughly 40 percent of the victims of severe physical violence were men. The CDC repeated the survey in 2011, the results of which were published in 2014, and found almost identical numbers — with the … Continue reading

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Why are we so conflicted about manhood in the modern age?

From The Art of Manliness blog comes “Why Are We So Conflicted About Manhood in the Modern Age?” Here in the West we live in the most resource-rich period in all human history. Even the poverty of today is far less harsh … Continue reading

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A Disadvantaged Start Hurts Boys More Than Girls

From Claire Cain Miller in the New York Times: Boys are falling behind. They graduate from high school and attend college at lower rates than girls and are more likely to get in trouble, which can hurt them when they … Continue reading

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The Boy Crisis: A Sobering Look at the State of our Boys

Warren Farrell Ph.D. discusses the Boy Crisis at TEDxMarin. A few highlights: “If our very survival has been dependent on our sons’ willingness to die for us, then being sensitive to male death competes with our survival instinct.” “Dad deprived boys … Continue reading

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Could Fathers Be the Key to Preventing Bullying?

From Could Fathers Be the Key to Preventing Bullying? by Anna Sutherland in Institute for Family Studies Blog  But as the researchers note, many of the studies in this sphere focus on mothers rather than fathers; there is a “notable void … Continue reading

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Manorexia: The Masculine Side of Body Image Distortion

From Manorexia: The Masculine Side of Body Image Distortion by Armin Brott in Talking About Men’s Health In the U.S., at least a third of the 30 million people suffering from eating disorders are boys or men, according to the National … Continue reading

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Sweden Opens World’s First Rape Center for Men

From Maddy Savage at The Local: [T]he hospital, which hosts the largest emergency care unit in the Nordic region, is opening its doors to men and boys who are victims of rape and sex attacks. “We are happy that we … Continue reading

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Mars vs. Venus: The gender gap in health

An overview of male and female heath statistics. Mars vs. Venus: The gender gap in health in Harvard’s Men’s Health Watch (2010)

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An Open Letter to Social Workers

From Tom Golden at MenAreGood, “An Open Letter to Social Workers“, part 1: In the 1980’s and 1990’s, when I worked as a psychotherapist with many traumatized men and women, it was clear that society’s focus was to help women … Continue reading

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Molly K. Olsen interviewed on new Affirmative Consent policies at University of Minnesota

Commissioner Molly K. Olsen on Up & At ‘Em Twin Cities News Talk on the new Affirmative Consent policy at the University of Minnesota. Molly speaks on due process issues and our commission starting around the 14 minute mark.

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Gender Gap Journalism

Gender Gap Journalism by Kay Hymowitz at the Institute for Family Studies blog: The gender gap doesn’t bring out the best in journalists.  With important exceptions, articles on the subject are padded with overly broad statistics, cherry picked research, a … Continue reading

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Let’s Reclaim the Glory of Being a ‘Maker’

From “Let’s Reclaim the Glory of Being a ‘Maker’” by Lori Sanders and Cameron Smith in The Federalist. We’ve heard the story of declining wages over and over. We’ve repeatedly heard the political talking points about the threat of offshoring. … Continue reading

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Updated Video: Talking the Boy Crisis with the Republican Candidates in Iowa

 

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Man Servant

Emily Yoffe, aka Dear Prudence at Slate, offers counsel about a man whose wife berates him while he works two jobs. Q. Friend in Trouble: I’m very worried about my friend “Ted.” He works two full-time jobs at literally all hours—sometimes … Continue reading

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Men Are Dying Because They Can’t Talk

From Christos Reid at Medium, Men Are Dying Because They Can’t Talk: The Silence Problem Men are more at risk of committing suicide, states professor and chair of the National Suicide Prevention Advisory Group in England, Louis Appleby, because they … Continue reading

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Highly Educated = Husband Material?

Karol Markowicz in the New York Post, “This guy went to college, but it doesn’t make him husband material.” (The picture of “this guy” at the link is John Belushi from Animal House.) With more women going to college than … Continue reading

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Why Are Boys Failing in School?

Tom Golden interviews Jennifer Fink of Building Boys and Mark Sherman, Ph.D. on why boys are failing in school.

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Don’t Sell Fathers Short

Fathers are as crucial to a child’s well being as a mother by Barbara Kay in the National Post. It is true that fathers abandon or are exiled by family court from their children “all the time,” as Jon notes. … Continue reading

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9 Signs We Have A Boy Crisis

From CollegeStats.org, number 8 of 9: Boys are far more likely to be the victims of violent crime: A fact that goes hand-in-hand with boys’ high rate of incarceration is that they are up to five times more likely to … Continue reading

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Boy Trouble

An overview of what we call The Boy Crisis, Boy Trouble by Kay S. Hymowitz in City Journal, 2013:  When I started following the research on child well-being about two decades ago, the focus was almost always girls’ problems—their low self-esteem, lax … Continue reading

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Let’s Not Take It Out on The Kids

From Mark Sherman in Psychology Today: However, when the modern women’s movement began to turn its attention to girls – as in books like Failing at Fairness: How America’s Schools Cheat Girls(published in 1994) – they were already doing better than … Continue reading

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