August 12, 2007

Let ‘Em Have Their Book

Filed under: Feminism,Politics — acepundit @ 2:11 pm

Kim Gandy of the National Organization for Women resents the success of a book that teaches boys to be boys:

One of this year’s best-selling books, The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hal Iggulden, attempts to re-engage boys (and their dads) in the art of tying knots and building tree houses. While it may be a noble endeavor to inspire an interest in nature and hands-on adventure in today’s kids, why should this message be geared specifically toward boys? Proponents of single-sex education must love this book, with its message that boys and girls are “quite different.”

Because boys and girls are “quite different.” Because girls prefer dolls and makeup to skinned knees and tree climbing. Because delusional feminists refuse to acknowledge the basic but obvious gender differences that explain why a majority of young girls would be wholly uninterested in a book about tying knots.

Feminists dream of a completely gender-neutral society where boys are equally encouraged to play with Barbies and easy bake ovens. In anticipation of the day when boys will be born with uteruses, they are trying to stop the supposed gender-role stereotypes that “The Dangerous Book for Boys” perpetuates.

Is life for young girls so miserable that they must be included in every activity once considered a boy’s hobby? I don’t foresee too many men complaining when “The Dangerous Book for Girls” is released in the near future.



  1. I believe you’re woefully mistaken. A great many of the US feminists are looking for a gender-neutered, not a gender-neutral one. Men are all evil, remember?

    Comment by jonolan — August 12, 2007 @ 2:27 pm | Reply

  2. A little off the point but illustrative of differences I think—–On some blog I read a piece that talked about women bloggers and men bloggers sounding differently and the women being slightly less aggressive(at least that’s how read it). It’s true I think. Often I can tell the difference but have no way of proving it unless they use a fem. or masc. first name for a user handle. Radical feminists have grown old with most of the women I know. Many of us think we have it just great and like the status quo so it just isn’t worth getting all wound up about some woman from NOW who speaks for only a small percentage.

    Comment by jeanie — August 12, 2007 @ 9:26 pm | Reply

  3. Feminism has just gone too far. Suffrage and equal pay are one thing, but denying the inherent existence of differences between the sexes and trying to eradicate any sort of gender roles is quite another. I think society would be a lot better if little boys were taught how to be Men.

    Comment by The Gentle Cricket — August 13, 2007 @ 8:40 am | Reply

  4. Jeanie,

    Ahhhh…But we never hear about you, only that vocal supposed minority.


    I wholeheartedly agree. Equality not Congruency.

    Comment by jonolan — August 13, 2007 @ 8:44 am | Reply

  5. I think anyone would agree that strengthening father/son bonds (for that matter father/daughter bonds) is vital. I think you’ve missed the point of the article though. The point is education for boys and girls and calls for innovation.

    Comment by Nancy — August 17, 2007 @ 3:54 am | Reply

  6. Nancy,

    I believe the point of the post was that NOW is using this very fine book as an excuse to bring their gender-neutral learning platform ove again into public view.

    NOW hates the idea that men and women are different in any way, so when a book is popular that espouses fathers doing boy things with boys instead of those same things with children of either gender, they get up on the soapboxes and start preaching thier views instead of praising the book for the good that it does do.

    Comment by jonolan — August 17, 2007 @ 8:05 am | Reply

  7. Jonolan…I see no evidence that NOW hates boys and men. If they did hate boys, why not support gender segregation in classrooms? Wouldn’t they prefer girls not be sullied by boys in the classroom? I read this article to say NOW doesn’t like forced steriotypes. So the next time you cry as a man…be glad you can still be a man with tears and not a steriotyped pussy. Or if you are a woman, be glad that you can stand up for yourself without being assumed to be a man-hating dyke.

    Comment by Nancy — August 20, 2007 @ 1:30 am | Reply

  8. I never said that NOW hates men. I said they hate the idea that the sexes aren’t the same. They keep making the mistake of confusing congruency with equality.

    Comment by jonolan — August 20, 2007 @ 8:32 am | Reply

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