Thursday, November 10, 2011

What Are Little Boys Made Out Of? by Michael Kimmel


Kimmel says, "There's no question that there's a boy crisis.  Virtually all the books site the same statistics: boys are four to five times more likely to kill themselves than girls, four times more likely to be diagnosed as emotionally disturbed, three times more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, and 15 times more likely to be victims of violent crime."

Kimmel also says, "The real boy crisis usually goes by another name.  We call it 'teen violence', 'youth violence', 'gang violence', 'violence in the schools'.  Let's face facts: men and boys are responsible for 85 percent of all violent crimes in this country, and their victims are overwhelmingly male as well.  From an early age, boys learn that violence is not only an acceptable form of conflict resolution, but one that is admired.  Four times more teenage boys than teenage girls think fighting is appropriate when someone cuts into the front of a line.  Half of all teenage boys get into a physical fight each year.";/content/DepartmentServices/View/68:field=documents;/content/Documents/File/125.PDF

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