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The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men Hardcover – Jun 15 2000


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (June 15 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684849569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684849560
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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IN 1990, CAROL GILLIGAN announced to the world that America's adolescent girls were in crisis. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 17 2005
Format: Paperback
Many of the objections to this book written here make her point for her. People object that she should focus on poor or black people etc. The fact is in every demographic group the boys are doing worse in school. A position is not refuted by saying another issue is more important. I am a male teacher and for years I have heard how girls need to be "empowered" and boys need to be changed. Well the numbers show girls have the power and all the teacher attention in schools and boys can only change so much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles J. Marr on June 4 2003
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I am happy to see that people are still commenting on this book after a number of years. I have shared it with a number of friends of various persuasions and get any number of thoughtful comments. If nothing else, Sommers, suggests that we can all make mistakes, even when we have the best intentions, and perhaps even more so when we espouse a political cause. Social scientists need to be held to account for their data, and she asks questions about much of its validity. She asks how can we better educate boys. Perhaps the greatest unanswered question to which this book led me was a policy question on how much of the traditional gender roles must we preserve and what should we attempt to modify. Putting it another way , "What's wrong with boys being boys?" And I mean that seriously as in: "What's wrong with girls being girls is that they passively set their sights too low." And we are led to agree with a final implication is that all children, boys and girls, deserve our best efforts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Schmitz on March 28 2003
Format: Paperback
At long last, 40 years into second wave feminism, intelligent women are catching on to the fact that the male of the species is in a confused freefall. Sixty percent of North American college students are female. Projections surmise that women will be 2/3 of students on American college campuses by 2010.
Sommers points out that a pair of psychotic boys made headlines for the Columbine massacre at about the same time the U.S. girls soccer team did so for becoming international champs. Is this a coincidence, she wonders, or emblematic of how it's going for the two sexes?
The dropping percentage of males on college campuses, a plummet if one considers the last 50 years, only parallels men's growing lack of interest in churchgoing and parenting. It's about time somebody blew the whistle on this and suggested that something is wrong!
We live in a world geared to women: Schools and churches that ask us to sit still and listen rather than explore, compete, or seek adventure; a service sector economy that calls for deference and cooperation rather than energy or rivalry. Many men don't want to be Mr. Mom, our wife's junior partner in child rearing. Many men have a jazz 'em up and let em' run approach to child-rearing, which might be too hands-off for a baby, toddler, or 10-year-old but is well-suited to prurient, rambunctious, and liberty-starved adolescents. How many fathers are divorced and tangential to families by this point in their childrens' lives?
The Tyler Durden character of the 1999 movie "Fight Club" represents what is missing in the domesticated modern man: risk-taking moxie, masculine swagger. These are not trivialities. They make men vital and useful, not to mention...sexy to women. The rugged independence of the male mind has benefitted everyone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bryce A. Walat on July 14 2003
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The problems detailed in The War Against Boys are no secret.
Boys will be boys and girls will be girls. Every society must perform the task of making boys and girls become ladies and gentlemen. That's why you have education: to make sure that boys will be gentlemen and gorls will be ladies.
Our society, particularly our educational system, is helping NO ONE and even doing harm in meeting the critical job requirement of society to socialize youth. Why?
1. The propagation of "fad education" like whole language, non-competitive instruction (no grades), child-centered classrooms and self-esteem education. Why was it that back in the day, teachers produced smart and obedient ladies and gentlemen who were better educated by 8th grade than many high school graduates with resources and pedagogy considered troglodytic today?
2. The failure of schools and society to teach what John Rosemond calls the three Rs of character development: Respect, Responsibility and Resourcefulness. While it is doubtful that morality classes can stop school violence, an atmosphere of moral rectitude makes such incidents less likely.
3. The spread of "therapism." Not only do we have too many lawyers, we also have too many psychotherapists and we encourage people, especially educators, to practice psychotherapy without a license and practice it outside of the confidentially of the therapist's office.
4. The idea that "letting it all hang out" emotionally is a good thing. Time was, reticence and reserve was considered mature and grown-up. Maybe guys know that
5. The promotion of the idea that worse is better because it is somehow more appealing to the masses.
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