Disney Wants Your Sons

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In the headlines today: Disney’s move to rename its next animated movie, “Rapunzel.” The new name? “Tangled.” Disney execs figure the new name will appeal to boys and have added what they describe as a swashbuckling male lead. Young boys, they think, have shied away from recent Disney films, scared off by a plethora of […]

Online Resources

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Remember life before the Internet? We had to go to the library to look up magazine articles in periodical guides, then wade through stacks of magazines in a back room if we needed information for a school report. Martin Luther King Jr’s famous “I Had a Dream” speech was something we learned about in school, […]

The Lives of Boys

If you read the headlines at all, you might conclude that the boys are either violent or into sports. Today, my Google alert screams, “Teen to be tried as juvenille in Crofton boys’ death,” while also informing me that the Haddonfield boys soccer team blanked Gateway and that Rutger’s Miehe won the 2009 Metropolitan Championship. […]

Stereotypes Hurt Boys

  If you read the headlines, you might conclude that all boys are either violent or into sports. Today, my Google alert screams, “Teen to be tried as juvenille in Crofton boys’ death,” while also informing me that the Haddonfield boys soccer team blanked Gateway and that Rutger’s Miehe won the 2009 Metropolitan Championship.The headlines rarely, […]

Video Game Addiction?

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By now you’ve probably heard the news: A new study says that 1 in 10 kids who play video games show behavioral signs of addiction. And boys, the study says, are more likely to show addictive symptoms than girls. Getting lost in the hype is the fact that the study was conducted by the National […]