Re: non-traditional males

Linda Purrington (
Mon, 23 Mar 1998 19:26:32 -0800

can anyone suggest why the link to Ryan's review of Gilligan did not
come through? Is the whole link activated? The page I pull up is
embellished with headings, but blank of text. thanks, LP
Linda Purrington <>

Tim Flinders wrote:
> Jen:
> As a "nontraditional" male (wish we had a better term for us) and as
> someone who has worked for gender equity for the past few years in my area
> (Sonoma County, Ca), I find your comments especially relevant. I'm often
> asked in equity workshops, What about the boys?, and have felt frustrated
> that there wasn't much in the way of research looking at the way boys are
> raised and socialized to which I could point parents or teachers.
> Certainly nothing of the magnitude of Meeting at theCrossroads or FAiling
> At Fairness. Raphaela Best's "We've All Got Scars" did a masterful job of
> detailing how primary aged boys are socialized in schools by essentially
> becoming everything that was "not girl," but it came out twenty years ago
> an few seemd to notice or care. Michael Messner at USC has has documented
> how masuclinity is grounded in misogyny and homophobia but has yet to reach
> the mainstream.
> However, it looks like this may soon change thanks (ironically)to all
> the
> interest given girls these past few years. An article in today's SF
> Examiner by Joan Ryan surveys a number of forthcoming books on boys that
> are finally bringing under scrutiny the narrow and harmful stereotypes
> under which boys are raised and educated --, including recent research from
> Gilligan herself. Here's the link:
> /SC105168.DTL
> The next step will be to start examining our pedagogies, especially in
> early childhood, and looking at how they reinforce these stereotypes, and
> how they can be changed so that in time, perhaps, "becoming a man" no
> longer requires that we set aside so much of our humanity.
> Tim Flinders <>

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