Category Archives: The boy box

Blast from the Past

Since I mentioned in my last post how news coverage of gender expression has changed recently, I just had to share this “blast from the past” that my father found going through old papers yesterday. It’s good to remember that … Continue reading

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Des garçons nés dans les roses

The French newspaper La Libération ran a story on 12/3 by Lorraine Millot titled, “Des garçons nés dans les roses.” The story is available to read online starting today and you can find it here. Millot talked with me along … Continue reading

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Aisle . . . sigh, every aisle

So I went to Barnes and Noble today . . .           The store was chock full of more gender-separated books like those I saw at the grocery store last week. For inquiring minds, girls search … Continue reading

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Thoughts on “My son, the cross-dresser”

Check out this op-ed from the Times of Israel, “My son, the cross-dresser.” The boy the author describes is a lot like my son – loves tractors and building things, and wants to play with trucks and build in a … Continue reading

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Mixing it up – toywise

The big news this week is that Harrods, the famed London department store, opened its first gender-neutral toy store, designed by Shed Design. “The London department store commissioned the multi-million pound Toy Kingdom to be grouped by theme rather than … Continue reading

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“Marriage” sermon suggests squashing girlishness “like a cockroach”

Pastor Sean Harris, Berean Baptist Church, Fayetteville, NC (517 Glensford Drive  Fayetteville, NC 28314, (910) 868-5156) “Marriage Sunday” sermon – April 29, 2012 (full audio here) Can I make it any clearer? Dads, the second you see your son dropping the … Continue reading

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Mani-pedis and Male polish

The saving grace of capitalism is that perceived immorality goes out the window when the potential customer demographic gets large enough. That’s how we got bilingual milk ads (featuring Salma Hayek and Sofia Vergara), and why Time Warner Cable has … Continue reading

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The “boy box” and drug abuse

Man Love, a photo by Gerard on Flickr. Yesterday I wrote about the first of two articles from the Fall 2002 Bulletin of the Society for the Study of Men and Masculinity (Division 51 of the American Psychological Association). It … Continue reading

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Taming the Drunken Monkey

Two fascinating articles in the Fall 2002 newsletter of the Society for the Study of Men and Masculinity (Division 51 of the American Psychological Association). The first, “Mindfulness as a Useful Adjunct in Therapeutic Work with Men,” by C. Peter … Continue reading

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