Packaging Boyhood: Saving Our Sons from Superheroes, Slackers, and Other Media Stereotypes

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Macmillan, Oct 13, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 320 pages
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Player. Jock. Slacker. Competitor. Superhero. Goofball. Boys are besieged by images in the media that encourage slacking over studying; competition over teamwork; power over empower - ment; and being cool over being yourself. From cartoons to video games, boys are bombarded with stereotypes about what it means to be a boy, including messages about violence, risktaking, and perfecting an image of just not caring.
Straight from the mouths of over 600 boys surveyed from across the U.S., the authors offer parents a long, hard look at what boys are watch ing, reading, hearing, and doing. They give parents advice on how to talk with their sons about these troubling images and provide them with tools to help their sons resist these mes sages and be their unique selves.

 

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Summary: Player. Jock. Slacker. Competitor. Superhero. Goofball. Boys are recognized by images in the media that encourage slacking over studying; competition over teamwork; power over empower - ment ... Read full review

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Canvasses clothing, music, sports, entertainment, and other sources of messages that our boys get. Unlike girls, boys get the message that the world is made for them and that they are (or can be ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Big Bold and Branded What Boys Wear
17
Super Size Me What Boys Watch
48
Its a Guy Thing What Boys Read
119
Do You Hear What I Hear? What Boys Listen To
167
Wanna Play? What Boys Do
200
Rebel Resist and Refuse Conversations with Our Sons
266
Notes
305
Bibliography
311
Online Resources
319
Acknowledgments
321
Index
325
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LYN MIKEL BROWN, ED.D., Professor of Education at Colby College, is the author of Girlfighting and Raising Their Voices. SHARON LAMB, ED.D., Professor of Psychology at Saint Michael's College, is the author of The Secret Lives of Girls and Sex, Therapy, and Kids. MARK TAPPAN, ED.D., Professor of Education at Colby College, writes about boys' development and education, and conducts workshops for parents and teachers on the impact of media on boys.

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