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Are Boys Irrational?
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 12/16/2013 4:19:13 PM

City Journal´s Kay Hymowitz has an informative and important new essay out surveying the social-science research into the effects of fatherless household on boys and young men. (Spoiler: They´re baneful.) But Hymowitz, generally an astute observer, opens by framing her argument in terms of an immense fallacy of presumption, the unraveling of which should be helpful in any consideration of what those empirical findings mean. Here are Hymowitz´s opening 2½ paragraphs: When I started following the research on child well-being about two decades ago, the focus was almost always girls´ problems--their low self-esteem, lax ambitions, eating disorders, and, most alarming, high rates

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: dman, 12/16/2013 4:53:47 PM     (No. 9656463)

As comedian Tim Allen would say: "I have no opinion".

Express yours at your own risk!!!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Mai Bad, 12/16/2013 5:01:51 PM     (No. 9656473)

When the Himalayan peasent meets the he-bear in his pride,
He shouts to scare the monster,who will often turn aside.
But the she-bear thus accosted rends the peasant tooth and nail.
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

(But) the woman that God gave him, every fibre of her frame,
Proves her launched for one sole issue, armed and engined for the same,
And to serve that single issue, lest the generations fail,
The female of the species must be deadlier than the male.

She who faces Death by torture for each life beneath her breast
May not deal in doubt or pity--must not swerve for fact or jest.
These be purely male diversions--not in these her honor dwells.
She the Other Law we live by, is that Law and nothing else.

The Female of the Species
Kipling, 1911

Read the whole poem. It´s why we read great poets...They give insight to universal human nature. In other words, single women must still provide for their children even if they have some jerk father. So if they need more schooling they are going to get it to provide for the future generation. Irresponsible "dads" need only make enough money to get "high". Stocking shelves will do nicely ...thank you.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Mai Bad, 12/16/2013 5:12:48 PM     (No. 9656483)

Yo..yo..Smooches to Clarice.. Who was sorely missed yesterday!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: dadofboys, 12/16/2013 6:28:42 PM     (No. 9656527)

When you talk of "boys" you have to break it out by race. I want to see stats broken out by white and black.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: rael, 12/16/2013 6:50:30 PM     (No. 9656545)

#4, when I was a boy a lot of those kids usually died. In the 1800´s and earlier pretty much all of them died. Pretty much more young girls survived to be women than young boys survived to be men.
Medicine is better, the world is safer (well at least here in the US it is) so more boy with problems survive to adulthood.

As for this story, with men and women not wanting to get married, we will see fewer men fathering children, because women will only have sex with the ´cool´ and ´powerful´ men. All of the guys who are average won´t be having children at all. Without any reward to compete for, they won´t compete for anything. So expect to see things get a lot worse before they get better.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: fayebeck, 12/16/2013 7:36:14 PM     (No. 9656584)

#4 you are kidding right? There is a war against boys or haven´t you heard?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mitzi, 12/16/2013 7:43:18 PM     (No. 9656589)

We should do what they did in ancient Sparta.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: GW_Rider, 12/16/2013 9:21:47 PM     (No. 9656657)

#8 read "Gates of Fire" by Steven Pressfield and see if you feel the same.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 12/16/2013 10:08:01 PM     (No. 9656699)

Well, I mostly agree with Taranto, though his little screed here falls far short of an academic argument.

And I´d add, that a LOT of white-collar women have jobs that are more or less reserved for women because a women can do it and men are locked out even though a man could do it and maybe better. In IT today, virtually ALL the technicians are male, and virtually ALL the "project managers" (who aren´t anything of the sort, of course) are female. Few women can do the technical stuff, it seems, but many man can do project management - and major projects tend to be reserved for men after all.

So even a mildly talented female has many incentives to try, where most mildly talented males can only look to be locked out of many jobs. And that´s before we even try to factor in black and white.

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