Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The problem with boys in the US and Canada

The Current (my favourite podcast) had a great episode interviewing Dr. Leonard Sax regarding his book called Boys Adrift on 23 January.

"Leonard Sax is a family physician and psychologist as well as the author of a new book called "Boys Adrift: the Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men." In it, he lays out a mix of social and biological factors underlying the increasing number of young males with lackidasical approaches to school, jobs -- and life."

Not only is his insight interesting, but its very timely, putting together multiple trends that (even) I've recently noticed. People are wondering about the effects of sexual homogenization, plastics and hormones in bottles and foods, and the rise of videogames and ADD. Women now make up more than 60% of university graduates and, according to a guy from Princeton, it would be about 70% if there wasn't a gender bias.

Dr. Sax's theory seems to explain a lot of these phenomenons very succinctly and, frankly, it's scary to predict a future where these issues aren't addressed. And no, it's not scary because women will dominate society, but because it's a world without marriage, declining social interaction and lazy, mutated, ignorant men. If there hadn't been an argument for the superiority of the female gender, society seems to be artificially creating one.

On a personal note, being a drinker of bottled water, an eater of hormone-laiden foods and ex-aficionado of videogames, I wonder if his theory had anything to do with my parents' difficulties in "launching me." When I look around at my friends I see a lot of the same patterns.

Upon returning from Spain I was a changed man. Is it because they don't have the same chemicals in the plastic and hormones in the meat?

So yeah, go download the mp3 now (right click, save as...)

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1 comment:

Sasha said...

hmm, men are becoming mutants? I guess that explains my problems.

I didn't listen to the podcast, but this is an interesting topic. Where I live (Pennsylvania), there was just a big todo about how our state agricultural board was trying to disallow milk from being labeled as hormone-free. That got overturned by our state govt, but they require hormone-free labeled milk to have a disclaimer that "No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBST-treated and non-rBST-treated cows." I prefer my milk hormone-free, even though there isn't strong scientific evidence to support otherwise. :)