Monday, October 15, 2012

What Little Boys Are Made Of--Quotes

There are some quotes throughout this article that bring up some valid points about the meaning of "feminism" and how all of the main focus has seemed to veered towards women and that men and boys have been forgotten.

The first quote that I found was "Because of feminism, they say, America has been so focused on girls that we've forgotten about the boys.  Other writers blame patters of male development, while still others find in feminism not the problem but its solution."  I find that Kimmel states a very confusing point in this quote.  Not only because he is a male himself, but because he might not be a feminist it makes me think that he does not agree with all of the aspects that a feminist inquires.

The second quote that I found that struck me was "Virtually all the books cite the same statistics: boys are four to five times more likely to kill themselves than girls, four or five times more likely to be diagnosed as emotionally disturbed , three times more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, and 15 times more likely to be victims of violent crime."  This is a very true statement and I see that boys or men have a much higher chance of these things happening to them or being diagnosed with these issues.

Another point that Kimmel makes is that not all of the issues that arise between boys and girls solely happen due to gender, they also happen due to privilege.  The following quote explains a good thought from Kimmel.  "The cause of all this posturing and posing is not testosterone, but privilege."  Kimmel also states that "The books that are written with an understanding of male privilege--and the need to challenge it--are the ones that offer the most useful tools to improve boys' lives."

I wasn't sure who Kimmel was so I GOOGLED him and found out a little more about him...

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting that link to Kimmel's biography and website! Turns out he actually quite the established author and speaker... and for a great cause! Also, the picture you posted at the bottom of your post - hilarious! Kimmel's quote about privilege causing boys' depression, suicide, violence, etc. is completely true! As we know from class boys are not hard-wired violence machines... society expects them to be. According to "Tough Guise" the reason being is to keep the strong, straight, white, unemotional, independent man in control of the women, people of color, LGBT identified individuals -- society as a whole.