Category Archives: Organized sport

What are boys learning from the Superbowl?

As the hype builds up for Sunday’s American Football League Super Bowl game,  American writer, director, and producer Jennifer Siebel Newsom calls time-out to take a look at the destructive role models for boys and sexist attitudes toward women that abound … Continue reading

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Aggressive play and marketing

Interesting what my co-blogger wrote about the marketing of ‘aggressive’, sex-role stereotypical toy to boys.  Though there are always differences in styles of play between boys and girls, it is clearly a profitable business to dictate the type and manner … Continue reading

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Boys rites of passage – the role of community

What is the place of community in a boy’s rite of passage? It is to nurture and rear a confident individual, one who feels a sense of belonging and commitment, and invests in its well-being. It also means realizing that … Continue reading

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Physical strength, stamina, and endurance

I met some interesting and sensitive men recently at an week long primitive skills event, a few of which I had a chance to ask about boys’ rites of passage in our culture and what they thought about them. One … Continue reading

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2) Emulation and Processing of Society’s Rules and Roles

Are Boys Naturally More Aggressive? – Part Four There has been much said since the Hockey Riots here  in Vancouver…. so on with my analysis of what I’ve observed as three types of aggressive behaviour in children, especially boys! Our … Continue reading

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Smashing windows and burning police cars – modern boy’s rite of passage?

By now many people have heard about the shameful rioting that took place in Vancouver following the Stanley Cup loss last week. Is this the modern boy’s rite of passage I’ve been writing about on my previous two postings?  Smashing windows, … Continue reading

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