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September 12, 2018

Recently, we were sent a link to an article about why masculinity is good — and why the concept of “toxic masculinity” is nonsense.  Among other things, the article claimed that characteristics such as aggression and violence are good, and that attempting to steer boy...

August 15, 2018

As students across Western Pennsylvania head back to school this month, some may do so with a sense of dread.  Bullying is still common among kids of all ages, which can often lead to anxiety about going back to school.

Boys may feel a particular type of pressure from t...

June 27, 2018

We know that gender norms (an expectation that people will act a certain way based on their gender) can be incredibly damaging.  As we have discussed in previous posts, even seemingly innocuous statements like “boys don’t cry” can have a lasting impact on men.   These...

February 21, 2018

There are certain phrases that are used frequently in our society whenever a boy or young man expresses vulnerability, such as “boys don’t cry,” “take it like a man,” or even “don’t be such a girl.”  These terms are incredibly common, often used as a way to get boys to...

November 1, 2017

How many times have you heard the phrase “boys will be boys?”  Probably too many times to count — and if you are like most people, you probably simply accepted it as just one of those things that people say. You might have even said it yourself when you saw a young boy...

February 3, 2016

On January 22, 2016, Janese Jackson-Talton was at a bar in the Homewood section of Pittsburgh; a man hit on her, and she turned him down.  When she left, he followed her outside and again made advances.  When she told him again that she wasn’t interested, he shot...

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