If you have followed this site, you will know that I write about issues of men and boys from a Christian perspective. I try to follow the statistics of how both men and boys are doing in today’s culture. It is not going well and there is very little being done to improve the situation for boys.
There is a war going on against our boys. The sixties saw a great outcry on behalf of girls and that pressure has not abated. There has been put into places laws and policies for the benefit of girls regardless of the effect or continuing need. In fact, these laws and policies have been put into effect regardless of cost or proven benefit. It has just been assumed that girls are still in need of preferential treatment and that boys can fare on their own. The data does not bear this out.
The cultural acceptance of this war on males can be seen in every TV commercial even the ones that sell products for the traditional male market. Take beer, can you believe those Bud Light commercials that show men as absolute idiots while the women mock their choice of beer and clothing style. Did you ever really meet a man that dressed that way, acted that way, or cared less what kind of beer they drank? No advertiser would dare mock a woman in such a manner. Not that we want women mocked, but does every advertiser need to mock men...does it really sell more products? The answer is no…this is a result of the cultural war on men and no other answer is possible.
“As a society, we must revive those values and ideals that nourish boys into men. The first steps of the solution is quite simple: we must begin by demanding that our public school teachers unlearn the myths absorbed in college and graduate school and start re-creating an environment, starting in kindergarten, that respects masculine traits and behaviors: that is to say, stop demanding that little boys act like little girls and punishing or medicating them for acting like little boys. Less than this is to continue to discriminate against our sons and brothers.” 1
1Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D. is director and senior fellow, The Beverly LaHaye Institute, Concerned Women for America.
Published on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 @ 6:58 AM CDT