Raising Boys Without Men: How Maverick Moms are Creating the Next Generation of Exceptional Men

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Backed by peer-reviewed research, this hotly debated bestseller (San Francisco Chronicle) continues to open eyes with its finding that raising thriving, emotionally healthy sons does not require a man in the house.

As the number of single-mom and two-mom households has grown, so have concerns about the possible damage caused by the lack of a stable male role model in the house. Determined to find the truth, research psychologist Peggy Drexler embarked on a long-term study ...

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Overview

Backed by peer-reviewed research, this hotly debated bestseller (San Francisco Chronicle) continues to open eyes with its finding that raising thriving, emotionally healthy sons does not require a man in the house.

As the number of single-mom and two-mom households has grown, so have concerns about the possible damage caused by the lack of a stable male role model in the house. Determined to find the truth, research psychologist Peggy Drexler embarked on a long-term study comparing boys raised in nontraditional families with those whose fathers were present throughout their childhood. The results were startling. Female-headed households can provide even better parenting for boys than households with men. Sons from female-headed families can grow up emotionally stronger and more well-rounded than boys from "traditional" mother-father families--more in touch with their feelings yet masculine in all the ways defined by our culture.

Nominated for a Books for a Better Life Award in Parenting, Raising Boys Without Men has been featured on numerous television shows and in print, from Good Morning America to Good Housekeeping.

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"Truly a cutting-edge book . . . important for everyone who cares about the future of the American family." --Carol Gilligan, author of The Birth of Pleasure

"This important work will serve as a beacon to the country's nearly 10 million single mothers."--Publishers Weekly

"As I read this book, I could almost hear the sound of the flying monkeys swooping in from out on the right. Books like this are attacked for the truths they tell. And there is no greater truth you can tell to the nation's single mothers than 'Relax. If you love him, support him, listen to him--your boy will turn out just fine.'" --Bette Midler

"This is a wonderful book--a very necessary book. We live in an age of labels: you're normal, you're not. For the so-called non-traditional families that want only to make their way in the world, labels can do incredible damage. Boys Without Men makes a convincing and empathetic case that very good things come from outside the bounds of our worn-out assumptions." --Henry Louis Gates W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University

"This is the answer to those who believe they can attach limits to the idea of family. It's part guide, part affirmation, part eye-opening proof that family is far less about composition, than it is about the power of its love and support." --Jann Wenner, editor and publisher, Rolling Stone Magazine

"Peggy Drexler is such a perfect guide to parenting in the 21st century, of what makes the most basic institution of society click, I wondered: How did she get so smart about life? Decades of research, of course, but also an uncanny knack for seeing inside the human heart. Pull up a chair and read this book. You'll be a better parent for it." --Margaret Carlson, first woman columnist, Time Magazine, political columnist, Bloomberg News, and Washington editor of The Week magazine.

"This highly readable, well researched, groundbreaking, myth shattering book should lay to rest all unfounded ideological opposition to nontraditional families. Everyone who wants to see the best interest of children served must read and act on this book's wisdom and research. " --Alan Dershowitz, Author and Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard University

"Once a decade, it seems, there is a book that suddenly makes it all clear that what we have been led to believe about ourselves, gender roles and expectations is nothing more than hooey. This is such a book. A well-researched and clearly written testament that people are people and families are not nuclear but functional." --Rita Henley Jensen, founder and editor in chief, Women's eNews
"I've always been in the idea business. So it's exciting when I see something blow away convention. This book creates controversy. And that's good. Controversy means people are thinking instead of assuming." --Donny Deutsch, Chairman and CEO of Deutsch, Inc, Host of CNBC's hit show "The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch", author of "Often Wrong, Never In Doubt"

"Raising Boys without Men changes the terms of our fractious national conversation about how we can raise boys to become good men. Peggy Drexler's thoughtful, engaging book demonstrates that fine parenting comes in various shapes, sizes, and genders." --Judith Stacey, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, Professor of Sociology, New York University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594865381
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/3/2006
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 541,364
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

PEGGY F. DREXLER, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychology in psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, a former gender scholar at Stanford University, and a former board member of New York University's Child Study Center. She lives in New York City.

LINDEN GROSS, former special features editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine and associate editor of Ladies Home Journal, is an accomplished ghostwriter with several notable books to her credit. She lives in Northern California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2006

    Single Moms Do Raise Terrific Sons!

    This book is a carefully researched and well written look at how single moms, both straight and gay, raise healthy, happy, well adjusted sons. Having done just that myself, I welcome Peggy Drexler's efforts to share her research as well as the experiences of other single moms. Single moms raising both boys and girls will enjoy the revised third edition of The Complete Single Mother.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2005

    An excellent book

    I praise the author for writing such an insightful book. It is a must ready for anyone interested in the family! If you allow yourself to take an unbias view of this subject, you will find that this book is truly an excellent study of the mother and son relationships. In our society today, too many boys are not receving the type of parenting they need to become mature, responsible adults. This book shows that it is the type of parenting that really makes a difference and not 1 mom and 1 dad. I praise parents who take the time and dedication to raise their children and take care of their children's needs. Society benefits!! I highly recommend this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2005

    Still Trying

    The misguided efforts the author is making are of course another indication of the far left's 'Dads don't matter anymore' desperation to justify a twisted view of traditional male-female households. That these children are more sensitive and open-minded should be the tip-off--let's hear from all you women out there who want a quasi-male with the look-alike of someone with plenty of testosterone but can be your best friend, understand you, adjust everything in life to'everything is okay',be such a good little helper around the house, be able to converse with your girls friends as well as you can and be fearful of confrontation lest he make someone 'uncomfortable', --I shudder to think of any one of my three young men in my household being in touch with his feminine side and transforming into a metrosexual mind-set--somewhere between a male in touch with his male side and a flaming homosexual--regardless of her 'research', the authors idea of the proper thinking and being in a male is not what they were created to be---if one sets out to prove that a female and at worst 2 females can round out , mentor and shape a male into what he is supposed to be then the obvious appears--what the researchers set as criteria for a 'male' is faulty from the beginning. As much as she would like to give validation to her 'research'--her basic premise of what maleness is--is precisely what makes her study slanted and prejudicial from the beginning--I must add this, however, after all the years of medicating in the schools to make the boys to behave more like females and bashing men for their inborn and instinctual aggression, perhaps that is why there are so many single mom households--the men of today simply don't get it--leaders, protectors and those with strong resolve are little to be seen anymore.--but rogue males without any male as a strong, positive leader and advisor cannot become who they should. This is for any group of males red, black, white or yellow--so, if the idea is to justify the weak and fearful male of today is what those in the authors camp are proposing--good job!!--But, I'm not buying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2005

    Don't waste your money or time!!!

    This was one of most poorly written books I've ever read. Boring, no solid research and based on flimsy facts. If anything after reading this book I would say lesbians and single mothers raising children need a DAD more than ever.

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