He adds, “In a sense, girl behavior has become the standard by which we judge all kids.”
He cites numerous studies showing that typical boy behavior – wrestling, rough games of tag, good guy/bad guy imaginative play that involves “shooting” — are condemned by preschool and elementary school teachers, the vast majority of whom are women, without the behavior being redirected appropriately to release boys’ “natural aggression.” Boys who play in the way noted above are not on a path to mass murder, contrary to what zero tolerance school policies suggest. For the vast majority of them, they are simply on the path to manhood. I wonder how many of us who recognize that truth still stifle our boys’ rough play or cowboy shoot outs out of fear of the new rules – reinforcing the capriciousness of regulations in young minds who will one day asked to make them.
If you have to alienate and demonize an entire generation of kids, may I suggest that it would safer for everybody concerned if you do it to the girls instead of the boys.
Boys grow up into men. And alienated, demonized boys grow up to become alienated, angry men. Men who hate and fear the women who alienated and demonized them.
That’s the sort of culture that far too often ends up putting its women into bags and keeping them locked in the back room.
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