This is an interesting article published in the New York times – story here
The article looks at varying aspects of boys fitting into (in this case American) society and at the negative economic flow-on effects for a society failing it boys. It comes at a time when the US economy is falling substantially behind its Commonwealth neighbour Canada and they have an urgent need for self reflection.
“We know we’ve got a crisis, and the crisis is with boys,” said Elaine Kamarck, a resident scholar at Third Way and a former Clinton administration official. “We’re not quite sure why it’s happening.”
The article examines possible causes such as changing family circumstances and elementary schooling failing boys.
Situations that we are well aware of and are obvious in New Zealand although I wouldn’t expect to see a commentary along these lines in the New Zealand media anytime soon – it would certainly be shouted down by New Zealand feminists who claim they are still disadvantaged in every possible way.
The observation being made:
The gap in behavioral skills between young girls and boys is even bigger than the gap between rich and poor.
and the suggestion:
If the United States is going to build a better-functioning economy than the one we’ve had over the last 15 years, we’re going to have to solve our boy problems.
There are a few pro and con arguments but the conclusion at the end is quite striking – that society is now so unaware of how its modern behaviour patterns are inadvertently disadvantaging the male gender before they even enter the education system.
It’s not news on this site, we’ve been writing about this for years now, but there will come a time when New Zealand is forced to recongnise the economic impacts of failing boys, and that any changes we do make will take many years to show any dividends.
I would also make the observation that when you have an overload of feminist rationale and governance along with feminist media bias this adds considerably to the lack clear thinking required to make decisions now, that impact long term outcomes.
As we are also aware, feminism is based on entitlement not on any sound economic rationale – it will likely take some considerable time to change the prevailing views in this country – so it is also likely that our long term outcomes will be much more severe than those countries who take steps toward resolving their boy crisis now.