Skip to comments.The Myth of 'The Boy Crisis'
Posted on 04/08/2006 3:24:16 PM PDT by palmer
It was the early 1900s, and boys were supposedly in crisis. In monthly magazines, ladies' journals and books, urgent polemics appeared, warning that young men were spending too much time in school with female teachers and that the constant interaction with women was robbing them of their manhood...
Now the cry has been raised again: We're losing our boys. The media have been hyping America's new "boy crisis" in magazine cover stories, a PBS documentary and countless newspaper articles...
The boy crisis we're hearing about is largely a manufactured one, the product of both a backlash against the women's movement and the media's penchant for continuously churning out news about the latest dire threat to the nation...
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
I thought the forefathers were highly educated, given their time.
Next up, Mexicans telling us there is no illegal immigration crisis and Muhammad Al-Jihadi explaining how Islam is a religion of peace.
They were highly educated for OUR time, aside from the subjects that didn't exist in their day.
Are you saying that John Adams and James Madison did not understand deconstructionist anthropology and never took gender studies or Whiteness as a Social Construct? It's a wonder they could go to the bathroom in the morning.
But the "women's movement" is "real."
the product of ... the media's penchant for continuously churning out news about the latest dire threat to the nation...
A proclivity which is valuable enough, when it can be manipulated by YOUR side.
She has got to be ignoring something...because anyone who has worked at a kindergarten screening, special education classroom, or watched medicine be dispensed in the nurse's office - will be able to tell you there is, indeed, a boy crisis.
Here is some info, on the two authors.
Professor Rivers is the author of many books, including Slick Spins and Fractured Facts: How Cultural Myths Distort the News; Indecent Behavior; a collaboration with Rosalind Barnett on She Works, He Works: How Two Income Families are Happy, Healthy and Thriving, and her latest book, Camelot, a novel set in the Kennedy admistration. Her television drama A Matter of Principal won a Gabriel Award as one of the best television dramas of the year. Professor Rivers contributes regularly to the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday, and other major U.S. newspapers. She is a frequent public affairs panelist on Boston television stations and is considered an expert on the Kennedy family.
Stories by Rosalind Chait Barnett
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Girls Must Be Girls
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Posted on Nov 29, 2005
What Men Want
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Posted on Aug 10, 2004
Feminists are women without men.
Barnett, R. C. (2005). Ageism and sexism in the workplace. A double whammy for older women. Generations, 29, 25-30.
Pure unadulterated BS.
Ask the mothers of sons who have had to deal with these witches over the past decades. They have a deep-seated need to demonstrate their superiority and hatred for the masculine.
Fortunately, my husband and I managed to raise truly nice men who are unabashedly MEN.
Thanks for the info, I can't imagine two more biased persons to write about this issue.
Not to mention their hatred for religion, tradition, culture, and free enterprise.
The authors state the problem is a backlash against the womens movement. The problem is the result of the womens movement.
I noticed that the authors didn't touch upon the fact that males living with their parents past high school and college into their 30's and 40's(if not their entire lives) is up 100% in last 20 years.
haha, good reasoning. Schools try to turn little boys into pansies and wussies from the day they get their hands on them.
Not my (five) young men!
School is for sissies.
Is that really a big deal, though? As the article said, most of the gap is between black men and women; between whites it is only 49/51. And the gap could be just as much about more women going to school than fewer men going to school. Most of the more lucrative jobs that don't require a college education are so-called men's jobs- contruction, the trades, military, etc. In addition, the age of marriage has increased significantly, from 20 for brides in 1960 to almost 26 today. That means women need a career in order to support themselves before, and most of the time after marriage.
It's a symptom. Regardless of the cause, boys are becoming less motivated to continue their education in general. white boys are the only demographic group whose high school dropout rate has risen since 2000 (from Where The Boys Aren't)
>Is that really a big deal, though? As the article said, most of the gap is between black men and women; between whites it is only 49/51.<
You stopped reading to soon.This was according to the NEA.Just a little biased.Most of the Major Liberal Arts Universities are closer to 60% women.The major engineering schools are close to 40% women where they were 10% 20 years ago.I have 2 daughters and I am worried about them finding good men.
LOL! They didn't have bathrooms! :-).
So in addition to missing out on Queer Legal Theory, they also didn't know much about plumbing, electronics, or digital signal analysis! However, not many college graduates today know what Aaron Burr, for example, needed to know to get into Princeton at the age of 14.
Personally I think the government needs to start a program that buys every new-born male child a Mini-14 and 6,000 rounds of ammunition so that they grow up feeling masculine.
I think if your daughters (I have 3, so I'm concerned, too :-) are good women, they will find good men, as long as they don't put it off too long.
Heck, they couldn't even tivo the evening news or format in HTML...
I thought that was Doogie Howser, M.D. < /sarc >
:-). Aaron Burr was a moonbat, but he was quite an intellectual, too. He couldn't do corporate income tax accounting, like yours truly, but only because there was no such thing, which was good, actually ...
Hard to argue with that although some might say an AR-15.
This is probably beside the point, but did they ever finish removing the urinals from the men's rooms in Sweden?
Nor do they deserve them/us.
What do you expect from someone who can't even spell their name right. "Caryl" as an alternative for "Carol" is a litle close to the whole "women/womyn" thing for me not to wonder about her true motives...
I found the numbers for schools according to the 2005 edition of U.S. News and World Report's America's Best Colleges:
9) Dartmorth- 51M/49F
11) Northwestern- 47M/53F
So the top ten schools all have either equal numbers of men and women or more men than women, confirming what the report says about men not being missing at the very top schools. You have to getting to the 11th ranked school before you see more women than men. The first national university that I see with 40% men or less is #32 NYU, which is 40M/60F. Compare with some historically black schools:
Clark Atlanta- 29M/71F
I wonder if boys seem to be falling so much behind because girls are experiencing puberty earlier, thus widening the gap. Boys today seem the same now as they were when I was growing up, but girls have definitely changed. They're now menstruating at 9 years old, from what I've heard. It's like you've got boys and pseudo-women in the same class, so whom is the teacher going to relate better to?
The conservative Christian college I attended between 98-00 was 70% female.
I remember that from my last trip to Mount Vernon. (Early 90's). A famous 6-seater, iirc.
There are a lot of details that the Washington Post conveniently ignores in publishing this editorial in favor of rabid feminism...
...for instance, in the early 1900s, the divorce rate wasn't north of 50%. Half the children born in America weren't bastards, either.
"The major engineering schools are close to 40% women where they were 10% 20 years ago."
The subject is a bit more layered than most people seem to think. The reason that the major engineering schools are at 40% today may be BECAUSE they were only 10% 20 yrs ago.
Traditionally what has happened is that medical school or officers school didn't have as many woman as the PC types thought they should so standards were then dumbed down to "correct" the lack. This makes the educational experience less valuable to merit-minded males and the slide begins.
Med schools dumbed down admissions in the early 70's. As PC has filtered down the others have followed.
"..they will find good men, as long as they don't put it off too long."
Written by a woman with two last names. All I needed to know.
Never let common sense and a little fact checking get in the way of the latest crisis management.
I wasn't sure anyone would get my little joke--it was pretty obscure. But if you're used to reading the CFR, you probably do obscure pretty well. :)
And then when their kids marry and the other one has a pc last name, they can have kids named Chait-Barnett-Smith-Jones. Catchy, don't you think?
Caryl Rivers is a professor of journalism at Boston University. Rosalind Chait Barnett is a senior scientist at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University.
How cute. A journalism professor and a "senior scientist" in a "Women's Studies Research Center". Now why doesn't that surprise me?
"Are you saying that John Adams and James Madison did not understand deconstructionist anthropology and never took gender studies or Whiteness as a Social Construct? It's a wonder they could go to the bathroom in the morning."
Yea Franklin was so uneducated when he discovered moving charges he mistaken assumed the possitive charges moved. What a retard.
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