Response to “Game Over,” Keith Gessen’s New York Times magazine article (3/22/21) about being a very sporty dad with a non-sporty son
Many men credit sports as having served as the cornerstone in their relationship with their fathers, as does Keith Gessen in his article Game Over (3/22/21). Tossing a ball or driving to events together offers an easy backdrop for talking and hanging out as well as a...
The ManBox Entraps Males and Females Alike
Esther J. Cepeda’s op-ed about the narrow margins of masculinity within which society tells men and boys to live (Guys, are you trapped inside the “ManBox” stereotype? Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, 4/8/17) addresses a topic we are all familiar with, but don’t take...
What My Son Learned The Day My Car Was Repossessed
"Mom, there’s a guy in our driveway with a tow truck," my son tells me, urgently. With miscalculated insouciance I reply, "No worries, dude, I’m sure it’s Bill." Bill is our neighbor, and he owns a service station. "But he’s hooking up your car, mom." Okay, so...
The Dangers of Romanticized Masculinity
Whether it’s innate, or acquired from their respective environments, or due to a lack of socialization, or some mix of these, boys have a long history of doing odd or mischievous things that amuse grown-ups and make them think, Well, there’s a boy for you! Norman...
Stop White-Washing “Bad Boy Behavior”
In failing to see the difference between boys, and boys who are behaving badly, we leave room for bad behavior to be seen as just another facet of masculinity instead of as a function of poor mental health, family dysfunction, or poor socialization.
Has gender socialization become the more prominent process of acculturation for children, making kids and parents think more about raising true-to-type boys and girls than about raising good human beings?
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