Q & A with the Author of The Achilles Effect

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Have you read The Achilles Effect? I have and I’ll say this: I’ll never look at media the same way again. I thought I was already pretty savvy to the subtle influences of media, but after reading the book, I’m even more acutely aware of the ways in which pop culture defines “male” and “female.” I’m […]

Q & A with the Author of The Achilles Effect

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Have you read The Achilles Effect? I have and I’ll say this: I’ll never look at media the same way again. I thought I was already pretty savvy to the subtle influences of media, but after reading the book, I’m even more acutely aware of the ways in which pop culture defines “male” and “female.” I’m […]

Joshua Ledet is My Hero

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Don’t know who Joshua Ledet is? You’re probably not watching American Idol. I have been, passionately. I’m not much of a TV watcher; in fact, the only thing I watch these days is American Idol. What can I say? I love music, my oldest son loves to sing, and last season, the boys and I […]

Virtual Book Club: Thoughts on The Achilles Effect

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First, mea culpa! I promised to announce the winner of a free copy the The Achilles Effect: What Pop Culture is Teaching Young Boys About Masculinity last Friday, and I didn’t. I was so excited to share my Best of the Blogs list that I completely forgot to check my blog calendar, which would have, […]

Helping Boys in a Sex-Soaked Society

At age six, my youngest son — my innocent, cherubic-faced son — told me that his “rich, secret life” would include lots of tractors. And 1000 girls. The tractors were no surprise. This boy has loved John Deere tractors and all kinds of heavy construction equipment from day one. 1000 girls, though? That surprised me. […]

Is SpongeBob a Bad Influence?

He’s just a made-up cartoon character, a squarish-sponge in shorts who lives under the sea, flips burgers for a living and interacts with a squirrel in an astronaut-like helmet. But a 2001 study in the esteemed medical journal Pediatrics released a study that showed that preschoolers have decreased brain power after watching just nine minutes […]

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It’s good to step away from the computer. Last week, I took my four boys camping in northern Wisconsin. It was a first for us, in a way — our first long-term camping trip. (If you can call five days long term. Since I was alone with four boys, I declare that you can!). It […]

Selling Unhealthy Food to Kids

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Full disclosure: I have two boxes of Scooby Doo-themed Gogurt in my fridge right now. Actually, make that one-and-a-half boxes. The boys hit those pretty hard today. According to a new study, it’s quite possible that my boys chose that yogurt because Scooby Doo was on the box. Knowing my boys, I absolutely concur. They’re […]

Books ‘Bout Boys: Packaging Boyhood

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Like it or not, the media has a massive effect on today’s boys. That’s why I was so excited to see Packaging Boyhood: Saving Our Sons from Superheroes, Slackers, and Other Media Stereotypes , a new book by Lyn Mikel Brown, Sharon Lamb and Mark Tappan. Today, they share with us an excerpt about boys […]

A Teachable Moment

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My new favorite show is Glee, Fox’s hit show about a high school show choir. It’s over-the-top campy fun featuring teenage angst, a teen pregnancy and musical numbers to die for. It’s also a great show to watch with my boys. Take this week’s episode. Head cheerleader (and president of the Chastity Club), Quinn, is […]