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The Four Terrible Things That Are Destroying Boys In Our Culture
1) Our culture preys relentlessly on a boy's weaknesses.
Let's imagine the world the average 13-year-old boy inhabits. He has long since been exposed to hardcore pornography, and probably watches it regularly.
2) There is a catastrophic lack of male role models.
17 million kids live in homes without fathers. In the black community, around 70 or 80% are fatherless.
3) The eduction system is designed for girls.
There is a reason why girls outperform boys in school. Girls are not smarter, on average, but they have an easier time because the classroom is set up to reward the calm and organized demeanor more natural to them. Boys are more rambunctious; they have more physical energy; they are less able to sit still and less able to focus attentively on one dull task for a prolonged period of time. The typical classroom environment is torture for a boy. It penalizes him for being himself. It penalizes him for being a boy.
4) Masculinity is denigrated.
You might think we've already done enough to these boys. We've made our point. We've shoved sex in their face, deprived them of role models, and forced them into an education system that treats their personality as a disease. But we are not satisfied. Finally, in case any have survived the gauntlet, we attempt to bury them in self-loathing.