Real Boys

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Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood
Real Boys.jpg
Cover of the first edition
AuthorWilliam S. Pollack
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SubjectBoyhood
PublisherOwl Books
Publication date
1998
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Pages480
ISBN978-0805061833

Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood is a 1998 book about boyhood and boy culture by William S. Pollack,[1] in which the author asserts that toxic conceptions of masculinity in boy culture leads to boys doing poorly in education and health and having higher involvement in violent crimes and suicide than girls.

Background[edit]

Pollack devoted more than 20 years to researching the material presented in the book.[2]

Reception[edit]

Real Boys became a best-seller.[3] A Toronto District School Board review of the book says: "Pollack's groundbreaking book has become the academic bible that the new boys' movement was launched from."[1]

Christina Hoff Sommers, who attributes the book's popularity to the public response to the Columbine High School massacre, writes that Real Boys is, "The most popular book calling for the rescue of boys from the constraints of a harmful masculinity".[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.accessola2.com/superconference2008/thu/409/tdsb.pdf
  2. ^ "Real Boys, William Pollack, Book - Barnes & Noble." Barnes & Noble.com. Web. 23 August 2010. <http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Real-Boys/William-Pollack/e/9780805061833>.
  3. ^ Sommers, Christina Hoff. The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism is Harming Our Young Men. Simon & Schuster, 2000, 13.
  4. ^ Sommers, Christina Hoff. The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism is Harming Our Young Men. Simon & Schuster, 2000, 138, 230.