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Biology’s Revenge (Christina Hoff Sommers was right.)
NRO ^ | January 24, 2006 | Rich Lowry

Posted on 01/24/2006 8:39:41 AM PST by neverdem

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Biology’s Revenge

Christina Hoff Sommers was right.

The surest way to get attention in American society is to become a crisis. Boys are now on their way to achieving this dubious but indispensable distinction with the new cover of Newsweek, "The Boy Crisis."

It is to be hoped that the crisis establishes a simple truth that is astonishing anyone ever forgot — boys and girls are different. Or as Newsweek puts it, "Boys are biologically, developmentally and psychologically different from girls — and teachers need to learn how to bring out the best in every one."

A crisis always needs its own politically correct argot. A neurologist quoted in Newsweek takes a step toward establishing one here with his statement, "Very well-meaning people have created a biologically disrespectful model of education." Thus, the boy-in-crisis has a rallying cry, "Don't disrespect my biology!"

That's what has been happening for years. Feminists have wanted to believe that, given the right socialization, boys would give up their stubborn fascination with earth-moving equipment. As someone once said, "You can have your own opinion, but you can't have your facts." Similarly, you can have your opinion about what gender should be, but you can't have your own brain chemistry. Newsweek notes how in the womb, the brain of a male fetus is bathed with testosterone.

As any parent knows, that makes him different from a girl. If pedagogy systematically ignores those differences, it will be a disaster. Newsweek recounts the indices: Boys are twice as likely to be diagnosed with learning disabilities than girls in elementary school; the number of boys professing a dislike of school has risen 71 percent from 1980 to 2001; men constitute 44 percent of undergraduates on college campuses, down from 58 percent 30 years ago.

If school overemphasizes sitting quietly and language skills; if recess is eliminated; if discipline is eroded; if the books feature consciousness-raising instead of action-packed narrative — then boys will be bored, disaffected and disruptive. Classrooms have to be made more boy-friendly — with more discipline, more competition and more activity — so that boys are no longer treated, as one expert put it to Newsweek, "like defective girls."

A reason for this latest crisis is that just as girls had begun to pull even with boys in the 1990s, feminists hyped a crisis over girls doing poorly in school that caused an overreaction harmful to boys. One of the chief culprits was scholar Carol Gilligan, who is given space in Newsweek to address the boy crisis. She writes disapprovingly, "For some, the trouble boys are having with schools becomes grounds for reinstituting traditional codes of manhood, including a return to the patriarchal family." It is clear, however, that patriarchy is exactly what many boys need — lots of patriarchy, up close and personal.

"One of the most reliable predictors of whether a boy will succeed or fail in high school," Newsweek reports, "rests on a single question: Does he have a man in his life to look up to?" It continues: "An increasing number of boys — now a startling 40 percent — are being raised without biological dads. Psychologists say that grandfathers and uncles can help, but emphasize that an adolescent boy without a father figure is like an explorer without a map."

Other educational theorists argue that boys would be fine if they could be made more touchy-feely. But Christina Hoff Sommers, who wrote the prescient The War Against Boys five years ago, calls boys "the last of a vanishing breed of Americans who don't want to spend a lot of time talking about their feelings." Instead of trying to change that, we should accept boys for who they are.

What we have witnessed recently — with more evidence of the differences between men and women, and the importance of the old-fashioned two-parent family — is biology's revenge. If we deny what is deep-down in our nature, people get hurt — in this case, the rambunctious boys missing out on the great adventure that is learning.

Rich Lowry is author of Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years.


(c) 2006 King Features Syndicate



 

 
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KEYWORDS: biology; boys; education; girls; hoffsommers; males; malestudents; psychology; school; science; waronboys

1 posted on 01/24/2006 8:39:44 AM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

They're talkin' about this now on Laura Ingraham's show.


2 posted on 01/24/2006 8:40:51 AM PST by martin_fierro (GO STILLERS!!!)
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To: neverdem

Christina is on Laura Ingrham right now.


3 posted on 01/24/2006 8:41:13 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: neverdem

BTTT!


4 posted on 01/24/2006 8:43:18 AM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: neverdem
It is to be hoped that the crisis establishes a simple truth that is astonishing anyone ever forgot — boys and girls are different

Even the feminazis know this, deep down in their shriveled hearts. Instead of accepting it, they deny it, but that doesn't stop them from trying to turn boys into girls. If there was no perceived difference, there would be no reason to try to effect a change...

5 posted on 01/24/2006 8:43:27 AM PST by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: neverdem
an adolescent boy without a father figure is like an explorer without a map.

Amen and amen.

6 posted on 01/24/2006 8:44:18 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: martin_fierro
They're talkin' about this now on Laura Ingraham's show.

Was it taped? Where's it being broadcast from? Her show isn't broadcast until 8 PM on WABC-AM in NYC.

7 posted on 01/24/2006 8:46:17 AM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: neverdem
Being the father of a pair of young boys (both under 5), I purchased this book when it came out, and read it. I thought it was well reasoned and footnoted. I still thought, however, that it was a bit alarmist...

Having seen what has happened to my nephews (raised by liberal, well meaning parents), I can see that she was right on the money. There really is a boy crisis, its a cultural problem on several levels....

8 posted on 01/24/2006 8:47:27 AM PST by Paradox (Liberalism IS a religion.)
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To: neverdem
Men are merely potential sexual predators, and boys are merely embryonic men, so who cares?

</sarcasm>

9 posted on 01/24/2006 8:49:28 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam Factoid:After forcing young girls to watch his men execute their fathers, Muhammad raped them.)
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To: neverdem

Yet another pitfall of government-run one-size-fits-all primary education.


10 posted on 01/24/2006 8:52:12 AM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: neverdem

Oh Noes! I know! Let's throw money at it, and see if the problem goes away!

</sarcasm>


11 posted on 01/24/2006 8:56:38 AM PST by Kidan (Tolerance is the virtue of a man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Fierce Allegiance
Feminists have wanted to believe that, given the right socialization, boys would give up their stubborn fascination with earth-moving equipment.

well, when you going to give it up>?

12 posted on 01/24/2006 9:02:05 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: neverdem

An articel from a few months ago describes how various toys were given to certain monkey children to play with. The female monkey children played nurtuting roles with dolls. The male mokey children were fascinated by topy cars and truck. Also the boys played mock fighting with their toys, the females didn't. It seems what the feminist call 'gender roles' are really hardwired into primates, including us.


13 posted on 01/24/2006 9:02:14 AM PST by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what and Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: beaversmom

I read Christina Hoff Sommers book years ago and it was clear that she was right. All one had to do is look at the gradution rates and see there was something out of whack. This was apparent by the early 90's, when these numbers were solid.


14 posted on 01/24/2006 9:05:28 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Paradox
I am the mother of a twenty-one year old man. I have seem first hand the destructive consequences of trying to feminize boys. Another serious problem for young men today is that feminists suggested that you should jettison the man in your life when things didn't "feel right". I have known several young men who grew up without fathers because their mothers opted out of the marriage because it just wasn't where they wanted to be. Without a father, the boys are having a very hard time. I don't think they will ever have the lives they might have had.
15 posted on 01/24/2006 9:10:20 AM PST by Essie
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To: neverdem
I listen to Ingraham's show on the internet 7-9 AM PST on KOLE out of Port Arthur, TX -- dunno if it's tape delayed from the day before, or if it's live.
16 posted on 01/24/2006 9:14:03 AM PST by martin_fierro (GO STILLERS!!!)
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To: neverdem

I have admired Hoff Summers writing and opinions since I read her book " Who Stole Feminism".


17 posted on 01/24/2006 9:18:09 AM PST by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: xsmommy; ninenot; sittnick; steve50; Hegemony Cricket; Willie Green; Wolfie; ex-snook; FITZ; ...
Feminists have wanted to believe that, given the right socialization [...]

Given the "right socialization", Western societies will stop to reproduce and will be replaced by the others. Feminism is as deadly as Bolshevism was.

18 posted on 01/24/2006 9:30:44 AM PST by A. Pole (Joanne Senier-LaBarre: "We Wish You a Swinging Holiday!")
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To: lastchance
I made my teacher/principal wife read The War on Boys. It was hard for her...all she had been taught in Ed. school was at variance with what Ms. Sommers empirically demonstrates in her book. It was a bitter pill for her to swallow. But now with two boys of our own...she sees that Ms. Sommers was correct and she has had to adapt her Supervisory skill and redirect the teaching method of the teachers who are her direct reports.

Slowly but surely we can right the ship of education in this country. What it will take it the expurgation of the 60's hippie crowd and all of their acolytes.

19 posted on 01/24/2006 9:33:42 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Funny how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather...)
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To: doc30
My wife teaches preschool and runs a daycare. Some parents have demanded that no "violent" toys be in the daycare, so the boys toys are all construction and earth moving stuff.

I went to pick my wife up from work one day and sat and watched the kids play. The girls were trying to play house with the trucks, and one boy was quietly building a sword (or something like that) out of Lego's.

Anyone that thinks that boys and girls are the same either hasn't been around kids or has some severely maladjusted ones.
20 posted on 01/24/2006 9:40:32 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: A. Pole

Actualy, feminism is worse. It only takes longer.


21 posted on 01/24/2006 9:41:15 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: redgolum
Anyone that thinks that boys and girls are the same either hasn't been around kids or has some severely maladjusted ones.

This biological characteristic is so deep and universal that you can see it in lower species of mammals.

Once in the pet store I was watching the cages with male rats and female rats. The difference was striking, male rats were playfully wrestling and competing. Female rats were quietly looking around or grooming one another.

22 posted on 01/24/2006 10:23:02 AM PST by A. Pole (Dr. Michael Savage is in and the diagnosis is clear: "Liberalism is a Mental Disorder")
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To: redgolum

You are quite right. Lack of 'violent' toys never stops little boys from improvising them and using their imaginations.


23 posted on 01/24/2006 10:23:30 AM PST by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what and Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: Ouderkirk
What it will take it the expurgation of the 60's hippie crowd and all of their acolytes.

That is at the heart of a lot of our current problems. Fortunately, the acolytes aren't nearly as bright as their teachers were and they're 100x more misguided. They tend to burn-out faster than a moth at Hannukah.
24 posted on 01/24/2006 10:38:28 AM PST by Antoninus (The only reason you're alive today is because your parents were pro-life.)
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To: neverdem

I'm just amazed that this was published in Newsweek.


25 posted on 01/24/2006 10:46:44 AM PST by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: Lil'freeper

Ping


26 posted on 01/24/2006 10:50:55 AM PST by big'ol_freeper (Wähle nie deine Frauen und deinen Stoff bei Kerzenlicht)
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Size Does Matter in Bats' Evolution

FDA panel recommends OK for over-the-counter diet pill

FReepmail me if you want on or off my health and science ping list.

27 posted on 01/24/2006 11:04:07 AM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: John O
I'm just amazed that this was published in Newsweek.

It will be harder to ignore.

"First lady Laura Bush and a growing number of physicians, educators and psychologists say Americans need to wake up and see that boys lag far behind girls in school, and then demand that something be done."

Academic underachievers (Boys, discipline, dropouts, grades, medications, etc.)

28 posted on 01/24/2006 11:11:22 AM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: neverdem

btttt!


29 posted on 01/24/2006 1:09:51 PM PST by fullchroma
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To: Ouderkirk
Years ago my college-indoctinated, feminist cousin-in-law, after having three boys said, incredulously, of her very girly fourth child, Ellen: "You know, boys and girls ARE different!"

We still laugh about that one!

30 posted on 01/24/2006 1:29:43 PM PST by fullchroma
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To: neverdem
It is to be hoped that the crisis establishes a simple truth that is astonishing anyone ever forgot — boys and girls are different. Or as Newsweek puts it, "Boys are biologically, developmentally and psychologically different from girls — and teachers need to learn how to bring out the best in every one."

Try telling this to Larry Summers, the president of Harvard, after the Feminazis release him from the re-education camp!

31 posted on 01/24/2006 1:34:46 PM PST by libstripper
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To: trebb
If there was no perceived difference, there would be no reason to try to effect a change...

To be factual, they always did perceive a difference. Where they erred was in stating, with no factual basis for the claim, that the differences were cultural, and not biological. Thus, the set out trying to change the culture, to prove themselves right. They succeeded in changing the culture, but in the final analysis were wrong as to the cause of the differences. Reversing this error is going to take time, time that alas, we may not have...

the infowarrior

32 posted on 01/24/2006 3:25:34 PM PST by infowarrior (TANSTAAFL)
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To: FineYoungGOPgal

Christina Hoff Sommers ping.


33 posted on 01/24/2006 4:09:47 PM PST by Serb5150 (Mr. T is allergic to doorknobs. That's why he can only kick through doors.)
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To: doc30
Lack of 'violent' toys never stops little boys from improvising them and using their imaginations.

Ever been shot with a Barbie? :)

34 posted on 01/24/2006 4:55:15 PM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: neverdem
"Don't disrespect my biology!"
35 posted on 01/24/2006 8:18:25 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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