The Troubling “De-Stereotyping” of Boys

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Prince Jake was kind and caring. Princess Rose was brave and strong. –from A Fairy Tale, by Lego Books What makes a boy a boy? Seems no one really knows anymore.  We’ve spent so much time as of late trying to free boys of “boy stereotypes” that we no longer really know what “boy” means.  [Read More...]

Could the Church be the Best Hope for Our Boys?

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These are tough days to be a boy! Boys are falling behind girls in virtually every area of education from pre-school to college The average reading skills of a 17 year old boy have declined in the last 20 years 17-18 of the top 20 growing professions favor the verbal and relational skills of women [Read More...]

No Girls Allowed! Why Boys Need Boy Space

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During a recent men’s retreat a couple of us men we’re talking about boys and specifically the issue of boys’ and girls’ “space.”  The first comment came from a dad whose wife insists that whatever he buys for his 2 year old son he needs to buy for his 4 year old daughter.  She doesn’t [Read More...]

The 50 “Boy-less” White House Years (And Why They Might Matter to 21st Century Boys)

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When was the last time a little boy was living in and running around the White House (and I mean a real little boy…not a President acting like a boy)? President Obama? Raising two girls President Bush? His two girls grew up in the White House President Clinton? His daughter grew up in the White [Read More...]

The Tyranny of Sameness–Robbing Boys of their Boy-ness

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For all of the great advances women, in particular, have experienced thanks to the Women’s Movement, one of the consequences, intended or unintended, is the confusion between “equal” and “sameness,” or the misunderstanding of differentness. Understandably, because girls and women were so far behind in the 60’s and 70’s, it was important to stress that [Read More...]

The Short-Sighted Battle to Tame Boys

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Is (Aslan)—quite safe? “Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” During a men’s retreat a few weeks ago one of the older men complained: All women want to do is tame men! [Read More...]

The High Cost of Twerking

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Confession: I’m a middle age white guy.  I don’t know a Twerk from Tweak.  I didn’t watch Miley Cyrus’ performance on the Video Music Awards nor did I go to youtube to see what all the commotion was about (nor did I want to).  (My big entertainment excitement comes when Barry Manilow appears live at [Read More...]

The High Cost of Bored Boys

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The central problem of every society is to define appropriate roles for its men. –Anthropologist Margaret Mead Over the last several months we have witnessed far too many stories about “bad” boys—boys setting off a bomb at the Boston marathon; a boy taking up a weapon to shoot his fellow students; to name a few.  [Read More...]


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