Category Archives: Teens

The Mask you live in – revisited

  Reading some notes I’d taken while watching the Miss Representation Project’s film, The Mask You Live In, a couple of years ago.  This film is about the unrealistic stereotypes we railroad boys into, so that they deny their emotional … Continue reading

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The Mask You Live In – shown in Vancouver last Friday night

It was gratifying to be part of an audience of more than a hundred committed and concerned people who showed up for last Friday’s screening of The Mask You Live In, a film about the stereotypes of masculinity in our … Continue reading

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Controlling our kids

Vancouver doctor and public speaker Gabor Mate and co-author Gordon Neufeld have written a new edition to their 2004 book, Hold on to your Kids with the subtitle Why Parents need to matter more than peers.  The update contains new and … Continue reading

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Ten most violent video games (plus alternatives) An American organization, Common Sense Media has compiled a list of what they consider the 10 most violent  video games currently being played. Common Sense Media states that it is dedicated to improving the … Continue reading

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Guns revisited

In light of last month’s shooting tragedy in Conneticut, I was asked about guns, their availability and appeal, and gun control. I don’t make any claims to be an expert in analyzing such a thing but I do have a … Continue reading

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Oh to keep from getting sucked in……

Oh to keep from getting sucked in...... Continue reading

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The Broken American Male : and how to fix him

Pretty ambitious title huh?? I can’t claim credit for it. It’s the title of a book by an American Rabbi named Shmuel Boteach whose television series “Shalom at Home” prompted him to write it.  After several months of shooting the … Continue reading

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