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Of Boys and Men

Why the Modern Male Is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do about It

Richard Reeves explores the growing gap in boys and men engaging in family, education and community. Using data and research, he explores changes in societal expectations, employment trajectories, family structure, education policy and much more that have led to this growing international problem. Being one of the few and first to dive into this complex issue, he offers suggestions for bringing awareness to the problem and early policy ideas to address the impacts that arise when a group is not engaged in the systems that serve them.

Check out The Ford Family Foundation’s report brief: Supporting Rural Students in Oregon: Male College Enrollment and Completion

Author: Richard Reeves
Year of Publishing: 2022
Number of Pages: 256


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  1. SChannell (verified owner)

    Our country is experiencing a crisis with boyhood and manhood. This book explains how to have a more positive perspective and focuses on solutions on how to create a more equal world.

  2. Dana Goodale (verified owner)

    In my professional role I support youth and young adults through their academic career. This book was so helpful in providing some insight into different developmental stages, and how to work with and support young men to be their best selves.

  3. mingomom (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed reading this book. From the author’s perspective, you learn an insight that you wouldn’t normally or typically think about from a day to day basis. This book offers viewpoints we don’t necessarily know about and explains the changes we are seeing with the hardships young men are facing, which I honestly had no idea about. Highly recommended.

  4. jsweetland (verified owner)

    Very interesting read.

  5. Alex Garcia (verified owner)

    This book gives an interesting perspective through the author. The book highlights the areas males are struggling and experiencing hardships in.

  6. abear (verified owner)

    Very good read.

  7. FFFbooks123 (verified owner)

    I think this book reads differently for men & women due to our respective perspectives. Outlining that, it is a very helpful book which details the struggles men face today. Reeves is farther to the left than I am, but it is encouraging to read someone from a different end of the political spectrum taking our current societal crisis seriously.

  8. Jenny Nunn (verified owner)

    Ordered on audio book and listened to it the car. Definitely empowers me at my job and in my home with my son to see what boys and men face daily and how their gender affects their view on life and relationships.

  9. Wrayyth (verified owner)

    It is very nice to struggle in the world witnessing challenges and have your concerns, fears, and frustrations validated. This book had me mentally connecting dots in my experiences and learning ways to support those in my life who are seeing these challenges and worse.

  10. mevers (verified owner)

    As an educator, this book elevated my concern for young men in my classes. I am now more aware of specific needs and ways in which I can support and encourage them. Most importantly I want to advocate for them in the HEAL professions!

  11. Ninamont (verified owner)

    Different topic, but he approach it in the correct way.

  12. Lisa Olsen (verified owner)

    Interesting book about challenges for today’s men and boys that provides a perspective beyond the polarized political discussions of today. The suggestions include developmentally appropriate education and moving men into fields that utilize empathy.

  13. Kiley Dozier (verified owner)

    This was a good insight in the hardships males are experiencing. There was a good perspective that I wouldn’t have normally looked at.

  14. Salvador Garcia Lopez (verified owner)

    Truly a memorable book about the current situation that men are being raised in by our society and what steps we as a society can take towards changing the narrative for future generations.

  15. ashleyjohnsonbend (verified owner)

    A must for anyone working with young children.

  16. Nathan Shay (verified owner)

    This book provided a very balanced approach to addressing some of the most pertinent issues for boys and men. Highly recommended!

  17. janelledewilde (verified owner)

    a poignant and thought-provoking exploration of the complexities of masculinity and the impact of fatherhood on the lives of two generations. Through compelling storytelling and strong performances, the film navigates themes of family, identity, and the enduring influence of paternal relationships

  18. mazamak (verified owner)

    Men invented the education systems originally for boys. Then they underpaid the teachers and left the field open to women, so surprise! most of the teachers K-12 are women. My grandmother was a teacher and she had to quit when she got married. Her brothers were lawyers. For years the men in K-12 education rapidly became principals and administrators. One female friend who was a teacher during WWII had her salary reduced when the men came home.
    So my thought is: men, if it is broken, it is up to you to fix it. To be fair, Reeves has some ideas. I am not sure “red-shirting” boys is the fix but it is worth a try. I was stunned when my kids’ middle school only required PE for one year and there was no recess! The schools need to offer more physical activities if they expect kids ages 11-13 to sit still and focus, especially boys.

    During the pandemic recession women’s unemployment fell more than men’s. “The difference was partly the result of more women taking time off from employment to care for children” Why? Can’t men care for children or maybe because most often a woman has a less lucrative job? I saw a chart about how women’s jobs recovered more quickly than men’s from the pandemic. But 85% of men (age 25-54) were employed before and after and only 75% of women in the same age group!

    Some other topics that need to be considered about men and boys:
    Native American Men and families have been severely battered by the U.S. They also need extra help

    Social Security Disability—this has become “welfare” for white men particularly. Rehabilitation needs to be emphasized.

    Guns and suicides—we need to get guns out of the hands of depressed, suicidal men. Suicide by gun is exceedingly effective. Those who care don’t get a chance to answer the cry for help.
    14 % of men in U.S. are veterans—the damage war does to our people (90% of veterans) who serve to needs to be acknowledged and addressed.

  19. Dianna Pimlott (verified owner)

    Excellent book. I shared this with my grandson.

  20. Justin Chin (verified owner)

    Powerful read as we grow the next generation of Men in the US.

  21. krista palmer (verified owner)

    This book helped me on my journey of raising my son, particularly with the outline of developmental stages.

  22. Sarah Swanson (verified owner)

    This book was so eye opening! As a mother of daughters I was acutely aware of the disparities for them, but my perspective was enlightened concerning the plight of boys!

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