War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men / Edition 1

War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men / Edition 1

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by Christina Hoff Sommers
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0684849569

ISBN-13: 2900684849569

Pub. Date: 07/01/1900

Publisher: Simon & 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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900684849569
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
07/01/1900
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256

Table of Contents

Preface13
1Where the Boys Are17
2Reeducating the Nation's Boys45
3Guys and Dolls73
4Carol Gilligan and the Incredible Shrinking Girl100
5Gilligan's Island124
6Save the Males138
7Why Johnny Can't, Like, Read and Write158
8The Moral Life of Boys179
9War and Peace207
Notes215
Index239

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War Against Boys 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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A book for anybody who is remotely interested in a fair and open debate on the issues of gender bias. There are two sides to every story and this book provides the other side.