2012 was all about the phony “war on women” meme the Democrats made up to win elections. If so many voters hadn’t fallen for it perhaps 2013 would have been a better year. What’s gone unnoticed by many for years is the war on boys in American society.
Multiple studies over the past 40 years have shown that boys suffer more than girls from divorce because they tend to externalize their reactions and act in ways that make them more likely to cause trouble at school or get arrested. Simply put: Boys need fathers to learn how to become men. And too many of them don’t have one.
The social cost of this is not just the obvious burden from spiraling welfare and prison populations – a 2008 study estimated that family fragmentation cost taxpayers more than $112 billion a year — but in the lost potential as well.
What to do? The first step to solving a problem is recognizing that one exists. And in this case that means ignoring all the political nonsense about a “war on girls” and “war on women,” and taking a serious look at whether the pendulum has swung too far in the opposite direction. The research indicates this is so. (Read More)
Even boys with intact families are at a disadvantage. Just look at a few recent cases of what schools have done to boys over what most consider to be pretty normal behavior.
At South Eastern Middle School in Fawn Grove, Pa., for example, 10-year-old Johnny Jones was suspended for using an imaginary bow and arrow. That’s right – - not a real bow and arrow, but an imaginary bow and arrow. A female classmate saw this infraction, tattled to a teacher, and the principal gave Jones a one-day suspension for making a “threat” in class.
To be fair, it probably takes a lot of imagination to turn what sounds like a bit of old-fashioned cowboys-and-Indians play into a “threat.” But while the principal, John Horton, gets an “A” for imagination, he deserves an “F” for distinguishing between imagination and reality. Sadly, he’s not alone.
You’ve probably also heard about the 7-year-old Maryland boy who was suspendedfor gnawing a Pop Tart into the shape of a gun. And then there’s the case of the 8-year-old Arizona boy whose drawings of ninjas and Star Wars characters — and interest in, gasp, zombies — led to threats of expulsion. And, of course, there’s the six-year-old boy charged with “sexual harassment” for kissing a girl. So much for Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher. (Read More)
Schools are also doing a pretty lousy job of training boys for male-dominated trades, while society frowns on encouraging children and teens to learn the skills required for things like plumbing, welding, carpentry and masonry. People love complaining about our “crumbling infrastructure” without giving a second thought to the people who build and maintain that infrastructure. Camille Paglia, the feminist most feminists love to hate, noted in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that “this is how a civilization commits suicide,” and she’s right. It’s insane. Rather than nurture boys’ God-given strengths our society wants them all to grow up to be a bunch of lame Pajama Boys.
Update: Linked by The Daley Gator – thanks!