Thank you so much for the link to the Atlantic and for partly confirming what I’ve suspected for quite sometime. I have three sons and I can attest to the ways boys are treated in school and in society. Even now, girls bully boys and get little or no punishment in school, as if it’s some type of revenge or something. If my sons did to girls what some girls have done to them they’d definitely be in jail, or at the very least plastered all over the interwebs in disgrace. Feminism has definitely played a huge role in shifting the focus from inequality to gender, which isn’t always a good thing. Over the past few years I’ve been rethinking the impact of feminism. So many things seem to be wrong because of the way we advocate.
Boys have been ignored and left unprotected for decades and we are dealing with the fallout from the neglect. I believe wholeheartedly we need to focus on problems with people and not gender. Thank you so much for sharing the insightful article. I study data for the U.S. Department of Ed to help make decisions about funding, and we often struggle with these issues because of the way data is presented and skewed to favor the wants of the storytellers. The article validates my feelings about public education and the lack of concern from young boys. Boys are over-represented in programs for children with disabilities, special education, and do not receive the same guidance and supports girls do for post secondary education in homes or at schools. I have spent a lot of time explaining to parents who have sons boys and girls don’t learn the same way or at the same rate, and boys need more time, support, love, and attention.
Until we get rid of these archaic stereotypes, boys will continue to suffer with depression, mental-illness, and be horrible leaders.