• The War Against Boys

  • How Misguided Policies Are Harming Our Young Men
  • By: Christina Hoff Sommers
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (237 ratings)

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An updated and revised edition of the controversial classic - now more relevant than ever - argues that boys are the ones languishing socially and academically, resulting in staggering social and economic costs.

Girls and women were once second-class citizens in the nation's schools. Americans responded with concerted efforts to give girls and women the attention and assistance that was long overdue. Now, after two major waves of feminism and decades of policy reform, women have made massive strides in education. Today they outperform men in nearly every measure of social, academic, and vocational well-being. Christina Hoff Sommers contends that it's time to take a hard look at present-day realities and recognize that boys need help.

Called "provocative and controversial...impassioned and articulate" (The Christian Science Monitor), this edition of The War Against Boys offers a new preface and six radically revised chapters, plus updates on the current status of boys throughout the audiobook. Sommers argues that the problem of male underachievement is persistent and worsening. Among the new topics Sommers tackles: how the war against boys is harming our economic future, and how boy-averse trends such as the decline of recess and zero-tolerance disciplinary policies have turned our schools into hostile environments for boys.

As our schools become more feelings-centered, risk-averse, competition-free, and sedentary, they move further and further from the characteristic needs of boys. She offers realistic, achievable solutions to these problems that include boy-friendly pedagogy, character and vocational education, and the choice of single-sex classrooms.

The War Against Boys is an incisive, rigorous, and heartfelt argument in favor of recognizing and confronting a new reality: Boys are languishing in education, and the price of continued neglect is economically and socially prohibitive.

©2013 Christina Hoff Sommers; Preface copyright 2013 by Christina Hoff Sommers (P)2018 Tantor

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Important Book

As a teacher and as a mom, I can see the damage that is being done to our boys. This book explains it and offers solutions. I hope people will follow her advice.

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Informative

This is an informative book about how American schools are failing boys. The statistics are correct and it's an interesting and alarming read. It was surprising to learn that many feminists are against single sexed schools when they've been shown to benefit both boys and girls. It was even more surprising to learn that some of them oppose recess when it also benefits all children. Sommers is highly intelligent, an excellent persuasive writer, and a wonderful activist. It's a shame that she's been smeared by the mainstream media as an enemy of feminism when she is one of the few who truly care about both women's and men's issues. The review ends here unless you want to read my rant about how not all women are inherently disinterested in mechanics.

My only problem with the book is Sommers' confidence that girls just aren't interested in hard sciences and mechanics. This is purely anecdotal, but as a child I was never given mechanical toys or junk to disassemble and tinker with. As an adult, I took an aptitude test to join the military. My highest score was in the mechanical section. I was surprised and intrigued.

I got slated for a medical job (not my choice) but I was still thinking about that test score. I started tinkering with things on my own like most young boys do. I discovered that I'm not only good at it, but find it engaging and relaxing. Maybe if more girls were given the opportunity to disassemble mechanical objects, then they would discover that they like it. Several years later, one of my favorite hobbies is watchmaking. I was an awful administrative medical technician, by the way. It turns out that not all women are organised, good at paperwork, and can stand sitting at a desk all day.

The age old question- is it nature or nurture? As a woman who enjoys watchmaking, FPS video games, camping, fishing, reptile keeping, cute shoes, and getting my hair highlighted at the salon, it's a jumbled up mishmash of both. Impossible to untangle. I would have gone my entire life without knowing that I had a knack and enjoyment for mechanics if it weren't for a coincidental test result during my adulthood. Who's to say that many other women aren't the same way?

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Every person who loves a boy, young or old, must read this.

I live in the world of education and can attest to the reality of Summers’ claims in this book. Her exposing the pathological treatment of boys, and things we should question and resist, is timely and so needed.

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Excellent Book. Narrator is OK.

This book provided some much needed insight and I found the content extremely valuable. The narrator was alright, there were some oratory habits which bothered me a little; however, I would listen to this book again.

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Fantastic Book!

As a father to a young boy and son of a great Dad, I found this book to be excellent. It helped me better understand the values that my Dad instinctively instilled in me and is a great resource to help me understand how I can prepare my son to face the challenges he will face as he grows up to be a man.

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For once a feminist is actually funny!

The book was great. Her feminist ideology didn't detract from three book until the last chapter. But then her feminism was actually humorous. The last chapter seemed like her trying to rationalize how women can continue to hate men but not continue to war against the sons of feminists! But the rest of the book was excellent. I highly recommend.

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Very Informative

As the father of a young girl and with a son on the way. I've been listening to many books about gender issues and this was very enlightening regarding the issues boys face in today's society.

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Mind blowing

Sommers book will amaze and frighten almost any reader. She simply describes insidious political machinations of a small determined group to socially engineer masculinity and manhood out of society. It's incredible the information in this book is not more widely discussed. Extremely well researched with thorough citations. A must read.

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Important for anyone educating boys

This book documents the education of boys over the last few decades and takes on the question of male decline during the same time. If you have kids or teach kids, I strongly recommend this book.

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good book. i enjoyed it. very informative. even more relevant today in the year 2021.