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Old 10-10-2013, 08:24 PM   #1
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The War Against Boys

The WAR AGAINST BOYS: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men: Christina Hoff Sommers: 9780684849577: Amazon.com: Books
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This is a potentially very interesting topic.

Can you offer more?
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Cool, a link to Amazon.

That reminds me, I need to buy more books about feminism so I can learn how to harm young men.
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Cool, a link to Amazon.

That reminds me, I need to buy more books about feminism so I can learn how to harm young men.


On a serious note, I agree with Irvine. You can't just provide a link to a book in order to discuss an interesting topic. Is there an article around? What are your own thoughts, Iron Horse? Get the ball rolling!
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The original book was published in 2001. In the 2013 reissue, the word "feminism" has been dropped from the title. The new full title is:


The War Against Boys: How Misguided Policies are Harming Our Young Men. I don't know if the body of the book has changed, but the title emphasis has. I'm sure a lot of people will be disappointed that the red meat of "feminism" has been removed from the title.



http://www.npr.org/2013/02/12/171806...k-of-the-class interview with the author

http://www.sadker.org/waragainstboys.html (response to the original book)

http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/19/sch...stile-to-boys/


I find the topic interesting and I believe there is a lot of truth in how young boys are being handled and believe changes have to be made to maximize potential for BOTH sexes. I don't want to see women lose the inroads they have gained. As a feminist, I was never either/or. I was always both. I'm a humanist. I see differences between men and women. But I'm not willing to go backwards. I don't want to see changes made at the expense of women, no more than men and others wanted changes made at the expense of men. I think perhaps though that many of the champions of young boys are indifferent to young girls. Perhaps in the same way that the champions of young girls were indifferent to young boys. Perhaps we can have a discussion that does not demonize that is productive for both boys and girls.
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The original book was published in 2001. In the 2013 reissue, the word "feminism" has been dropped from the title. The new full title is:

The War Against Boys: How Misguided Policies are Harming Our Young Men. I don't know if the body of the book has changed, but the title emphasis has. I'm sure a lot of people will be disappointed that the red meat of "feminism" has been removed from the title.

http://www.npr.org/2013/02/12/171806...k-of-the-class interview with the author

http://www.sadker.org/waragainstboys.html (response to the original book)

http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/19/sch...stile-to-boys/

I find the topic interesting and I believe there is a lot of truth in how young boys are being handled and believe changes have to be made to maximize potential for BOTH sexes. I don't want to see women lose the inroads they have gained. As a feminist, I was never either/or. I was always both. I'm a humanist. I see differences between men and women. But I'm not willing to go backwards. I don't want to see changes made at the expense of women, no more than men and others wanted changes made at the expense of men. I think perhaps though that many of the champions of young boys are indifferent to young girls. Perhaps in the same way that the champions of young girls were indifferent to young boys. Perhaps we can have a discussion that does not demonize that is productive for both boys and girls.
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I find the topic interesting and I believe there is a lot of truth in how young boys are being handled and believe changes have to be made to maximize potential for BOTH sexes. I don't want to see women lose the inroads they have gained. As a feminist, I was never either/or. I was always both. I'm a humanist. I see differences between men and women. But I'm not willing to go backwards. I don't want to see changes made at the expense of women, no more than men and others wanted changes made at the expense of men. I think perhaps though that many of the champions of young boys are indifferent to young girls. Perhaps in the same way that the champions of young girls were indifferent to young boys. Perhaps we can have a discussion that does not demonize that is productive for both boys and girls.
I agree with you, BonosSaint. I'm concerned and saddened that many boys do not go onto or even finish college. Women are the ones going for their Masters' - which is all good! But I feel that boys are being left behind too, and its never good to be indifferent to one gender. Both need to be told that they matter and they compliment the other gender, rather than saying they are a problem - which is how radical feminists and misogynists label the opposite sex.
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Yeah, I never really understood recent day feminists. They keep shouting they want equality, yet what they want couldn't be further away from it.

IMO people should do what they're good at and what they enjoy doing for a living. Why should it matter if they're male or female. Then again there's still a lot of bias and people look oddly when they get a female truck driver, or a male nurse. Always the shitty remarks, and the man obviously has to be gay.
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Yeah, I never really understood recent day feminists. They keep shouting they want equality, yet what they want couldn't be further away from it.
Based on what? What part suggests to you that they don't want equality?
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Some just go overboard in their search for 'equality' that they think women should be treated more special and better than men. They tip the balance into making men the 'lesser' sex and anyone who disagree is a sheltered woman not wanting freedom.

It's like the kids coming into my dad's liquor store. Of course he has to ask them all for ID, but a while ago it was a black girl whom he asked. The kid flipped out at him, went mad, shouted, broke a bottle and accused my dad of being racist.

The kid was 15 and looked like it. So he asked for ID because she looked underage. Which she was, as legal age here is 16. Yet the kid cried racism, because that's apparently what white people do when they lay the law on them. That's what I mean with going overboard. Sure, slavery was horrible and we should be careful that racism isn't getting the upper hand again, but to give them all sorts of benefits, to have them not abide the law just because they're black? No.

I know it's a tricky comparison, but it's the only example I can think of right now. I don't feel that women should be treated special, with extra care or whatever. In my family, I'm the one around the house carrying heavy stuff, doing the small technical repairs, the computer stuff, fixing bikes... and do I feel less of a woman? No. I simply do what I'm good at, since my dad doesn't know shit about computers and has a shitty back so he can't carry things.
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Some just go overboard in their search for 'equality' that they think women should be treated more special and better than men. They tip the balance into making men the 'lesser' sex and anyone who disagree is a sheltered woman not wanting freedom.
Interestingly, I don't really get this impression about modern feminism at all, and I know a lot of people who are very passionate feminists. Well sure, I've heard of some, but they never represented mainstream feminism in my mind. Perhaps it's a difference in attitudes between countries?
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Similarly, of all the feminists I've known (I guess I'm a pro-feminist too, but I'm not sure if it's my place to call myself a feminist being a male, I'm a bit unsure about that bit) haven't really expressed the desire to oppress men or anything like that.
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