From the Marlboro Man to Pajama Boy: The “Evolution” of Manhood?

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A Picture is Worth 1000 Words Marketers know this.  They know that images imprint themselves on our minds and on the collective soul of society.  Marketing images not only try to shape society’s perceptions, but sometimes they reflect at least some truth about society.  Marketers use images to create a need for a product—choosing images that elicit our identification with the image or stir up in us the desire to emulate that image.  For example, if the image is of a man who always gets the girl … [Read more...]

The Emasculation of Boyhood

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It’s tough being a boy these days.Just ask 6-year-old Hunter Yelton who was suspended from school for sexual harassment; i.e., he kissed a girl on her hand.Just ask 10-year-old Johnny Jones who was suspended from school and threatened with expulsion for “firearms related issues;” i.e., he pretended he was shooting a bow and arrow.Just ask 8-year-old Jordan Bennett who was suspended from school for using his finger to simulate a gun while playing cops and robbers with a friend … [Read more...]

A Girl’s Santa Wish List

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A Father: Who will protect me, guide me, encourage me, love me, and show me how to interact with good men.A Mom: Who will listen to my heart, who will support me, love me, and pour good feminine energy into me.Mentors: Women who will walk beside me and ahead of me, modeling for me what a good woman looks like, encouraging me, challenging me, and stretching me along the way.A School: That understands how my girl brain works and shapes my education accordingly, to help me be all that … [Read more...]

A Boy’s Santa Wish List

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A dad: Who will be involved in my life, who will teach me to be a good man, and who will be proud of me.A mom: Who will always love me and support me.Mentors: Good men who will walk with me into noble manhood through modeling it, teaching it, and affirming it.A school: That understands how my boy brain learns and teach me accordingly, to empower me to be the best man that I can be.A church: That understands how my boy brain hears the call to follow Jesus and commits itself to … [Read more...]

Why You Should Care About the “Boy Crisis”

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My concern for the future of boys is personal.  I have two grandsons, both nearing age three.  I’m the pastor of a church with boys of all ages.  These are real boys, boys I care about, who are growing up in a world:Where boys are increasingly falling behind girls in school Where the reading skills of teenage boys have been in decline for 20 years Where fewer males are attending and graduating from college Where increasing numbers of boys are being raised without positive male energy b … [Read more...]


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