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New Books on Men and Boys

A reader (thanks!) let me know about a new book by columnist Kathleen Parker that is coming out soon entitled a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400065798?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1400065798″emSave the Males: Why Men Matter Why Women Should Care./em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1400065798″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / It is being published by Random House and here is the synopsis at Amazon:br /br /blockquoteTell a woman we need to save the males and she’ll give you the name of her shrink. But cultural provocateur Kathleen Parker, who was raised by her father and who mothered a pack of boys, makes a humorous case for rescuing the allegedly stronger sex from trends that portend man’s cultural demise. br /br /Save the Males is a shrewd, amusing, and sure-to-be-controversial look at how men, maleness, and fatherhood have been under siege in American culture for decades. Kathleen Parker argues that the feminist movement veered off course from it’s original aim of helping women achieve equality and ended up making enemies of men. With piercing wit, this nationally syndicated columnist shows us how the pendulum has swung from the reasonable middle to a place where men have been ridiculed in the public square and the importance of fatherhood has been diminished–all to the detriment of women, who ultimately suffer most./blockquotebr /br /Sounds interesting–but I must add that I find it somewhat disturbing that ultimately the premise of the book (I am inferring this from the title and the above summary) is about the effect of men’s cultural demise on….women. Yes, I know that focusing on women is the only way to sell books but if I had my way (or I was not so darn lazy), I would write a book that focused on the effect of the male bashing culture on—-surprise!….men. How do actual men feel about it, what do emthey/em think, how does it affect emthem/em personally and their sons?br /br /Which brings me to a good book I am in the process of reading that came in the mail (for a href=”http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/”Glenn/a but I took it) entitled a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1596980575?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1596980575″emBoys Should Be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons./em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1596980575″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /br /br /Author Meg Meeker, a pediatrician, exposes a number of shocking statistics about the state of boyhood in America such as:br /br /blockquoteADHD is diagnosed seven times as often in boys as it is in girls:br /br /Only 65 percent of boys graduate from high school, much lower than the graduation rate for girls;br /br /29 percent of boys admit to drinking alcohol before the age of thirteen…/blockquotebr /br /I had no idea these were shocking stats, I thought they were common knowledge. Anyway, this particular book looks informative; there is a chapter on “The Difference a Dad Makes” that talks about the importance a father plays in a boy’s life. A section on “Self Control” makes an important point by forensic psychologist Shawn Johnston:br /br /blockquoteThe research is absolutely clear…the one human being most capable of curbing the anti-social aggression of a boy is his biological father./blockquotebr /br /Dads definitely teach boys how to channel aggression and deal with emotions of anger and frustration. But more importantly, Dads teach boys that they matter, and that they can grow up to be successful men.