Boys and Girls Emote Differently–Can’t We Be OK With That?

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Man-up! Take it like a man! Shake it off! Most boys hear those words and exhortations constantly throughout their lives. Men don’t cry! Men suck it up! Act like a man! Recently I’ve been hearing push back on that phrase, with some, like Joe Ehrmann, suggesting that Man Up! is one of the most damaging [Read More...]

The New Gender Gap?

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The headline for the March, 16, 2015 edition of the Arizona Republic trumpeted these words: Closing the Phoenix Gender Gap. Before offering the subtitle I’m guessing the overwhelming majority of you already know the theme of the article. The subtitle: Council task force aims to use existing laws to address wage inequality for women. Whenever the [Read More...]

The New Utopia: A Genderless Society?

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The Lincoln Public School system recently trained its teachers to create a gender-neutral, or gender-inclusive, environment in their classrooms (and don’t let the fact that FOX News broke the story take away from the fact that this is a real story—see this link from the JournalStar.) The intent of the training, according to the higher [Read More...]

The Myth of Male Privilege?

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A friend sent me a link to a blog post, written by a mom about boys: 11 things Only Parents of Boys Understand. It’s well done, funny, and insightful. But in “thing #2” came that familiar storyline that we continue to perpetrate to the detriment of our sons: 2. Simultaneously hating and being grateful for [Read More...]

Boy is Beautiful (Guest Post by Mark Sherman)

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For the last several months a group of writers has been focusing on the issues of boys and men are collaborating through the writing and sharing of blog posts in order to bring greater awareness to the unique challenges boys and men face in the 21st Century.  Twice a month these writers are posting the [Read More...]

Hugs and Slugs–If Boys Could Speak (Guest Post by Janet Allison)

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For the next several months a group of writers focused on the issues of boys and men are collaborating through the writing and sharing of blog posts in order to bring greater awareness to the unique challenges boys and men face in the 21st Century.  Twice a month these writers will be posting the same [Read More...]

Tommy Heads to Preschool–And Why That May Not Be a Good Thing!

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Excerpted from my book, Searching for Tom Sawyer: How Parents and Congregations Can Stop the Exodus of Boys from Church.  When Tommy turns two, his parents, like many parents, begin thinking about preschool. Preschool is a fairly new phenomenon in our country. In the 1960s, about five hundred thousand kids attended preschool. (When I was [Read More...]

The 6 Secrets to Your Son’s Success in School (Guest Post by Dr. Ed Dixon)

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For the next several months a group of writers focused on the issues of boys and men are collaborating through the writing and sharing of blog posts in order to bring greater awareness to the unique challenges boys and men face in the 21st Century.  Twice a month these writers will be posting the same [Read More...]


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