Saturday, February 04, 2012

Not That There's Anything Wrong with Girls

I've been following with enjoyment Hank & John Green's Tour de Nerdfighting and am struck by how full of screaming girls their audiences are. (The video at this post seems typical.) I can figure out lots of easy and even complicated reasons for this having to do how we've socialized girls to shriek at males they find compelling and/or cute and socialized boys that showing enthusiasm for other males isn't a good idea.

But given stats about boys falling behind in their ability to do sustained reading and given promising projects like Guys Read and excellent blogs like Guys Lit Wire it seems like an opportunity to give regular guys two great role models of writing, creating, and reading young men has gone to waste.

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