Category Archives: Boys

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Boys and Young Men: A New Cause

From the archives of Psychology Today: Boys and Young Men: A New Cause for Liberals by Mark Sherman in 2010. Even today, when someone writes about the way boys are lagging behind girls, he or she often talks about it as … Continue reading

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