The War Against Boys

The War Against Boys

How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men

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Baker & Taylor
Argues that boys have become the primary victims of American society, showing how boys' weaknesses are aggravated by anti-boy prejudices and offering constructive suggestions on how to help young males

Baker
& Taylor

In a provocative and controversial study, the author of Who Stole Feminism refutes the claims of Reviving Ophelia to argue that boys have become the primary victims of American society, showing how boys' weaknesses are aggravated by anti-boy prejudices and offering constructive suggestions on how to help young males.

Simon and Schuster
It's a bad time to be a boy in America. As the century drew to a close, the defining event for American girls was the triumph of the U.S. women's soccer team. For boys, the symbolic event was the mass killing at Columbine High School. It would seem that boys in our society are greatly at risk. Yet the best-known studies and the academic experts say that it's girls who are suffering from a decline in self-esteem. It's girls, they say, who need extra help in school and elsewhere in a society that favors boys. The problem with boys is that they are boys, say the experts. We need to change their nature. We have to make them more like...girls. These arguments don't hold up to scrutiny, says Christina Hoff Sommers in this provocative, fascinating book. She analyzes the work of the leading academic experts, Carol Gilligan and William Pollack, and finds it lacking in scientific rigor. There is no girl crisis, says Sommers. Girls are outperforming boys academically, and girls' self-esteem is no different from boys'. Boys lag behind girls in reading and writing ability, and they are less likely to go to college. The "girl crisis" has been seized upon by some feminists and has been suffused with sexual politics. Under the guise of helping girls, many schools have adopted policies that penalize boys, often for simply being masculine. Sommers says that boys do need help, but not the sort they've been getting. They need help catching up with girls academically. They need love, discipline, respect, and moral guidance. They desperately need understanding. They do not need to be rescued from masculinity.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2000.
ISBN: 9780684849560
0684849569
Characteristics: 251 p. ; 24 cm.

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EuSei Aug 12, 2012

Mrs. Sommers did extensive research (and documented it) on how boys are treated in schools. Their needs are being methodically neglected by feminazi educational theorists who plan to eliminate the distinction between boys and girls. One of her arguments is that England is getting off this path and even segregating boys from girls: their differences are such, that separate education seems just obvious to the Brits! I always laugh when I hear the classical misconception that “the world would be a better place if ruled by women”! Yup, I’d love to have a woman with PMS in a position of power! OK, maybe it is because I moved to the US thirteen years ago, I can see the irreversible damage being done to boys here; maybe Americans—especially women—should take a step back and try to watch the big picture to understand the damage they are doing. At least before it is too late… (By the way, I’m a woman!) (Censored. I reposted on 8/1/12)

leoisthe1 Feb 25, 2012

An amazingly revealing book That completely puts many common misconceptions about men and boys to sleep.
Christina Hoff Sommers is a breath of fresh air in a world full of media that only seems to cater to a lucrative feminist constituency.
She hits the the nail on the head with this book. If you like this book also read Dr.Warren Farrel "the Myth of male power"

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