A story about this — 4 years ago
Speaking as someone with a background in gender studies/anthro, nothing in this book was terribly new, and although some of the generalizations were annoying and simply not true (boys are more easily aroused than girls, eh?), for the most part they managed to stay pretty well planted in the constructionist mindset. I’m not a parent, so it seems funny to recommend it to them, but – I’d definitely recommend it to parents, teachers, or anyone working with boys. I already told my mom to check it out, though it’s kind of a moot point since my brother’s managed to make it adolescence with emotions intact. But I know too many college-age men who’ve grown up emotionally illiterate – almost started welling up at one point, actually, because it reminded me so much of him – and it doesn’t have to be that way.