The War Against Boys: Chapter 2, Part II (page 59-72)
"The girl-crisis advocates have succeeded in projecting an image of males as predators and females as hapless victims. They have convinced school administrators, leaders of teachers' unions, and officials in the U.S. Department of Education to support them and fund them."
The facts show that males tend to be more aggressive than females, nevertheless, that doesn't give girl-crisis advocates the liberty to brand every male a potential menace to society. Healthy men, men who use their desire to compete, achieve and win for positive and productive purposes are a blessing to our society. We owe our American Independence and safety to these very young men, men who throughout history have sacrificed their lives to guard and protect us:
"Healthy young men express their manhood in competitive endeavors that are often physical. As they mature, they take on responsibilities, strive for excellence, achieve and 'win.' They assert their masculinity in ways that require physical and intellectual skills and self-discipline. In American society, healthy, normal young men (which is to say, the overwhelming majority) don't batter, rape, or terrorize women; they respect them and treat them as friends."
Sommers goes on to quote feminist writer Camille Paglia, an author who expresses a positive and praiseworthy view of the male sex:
"For Paglia, male aggressiveness and competitiveness are animating principles of creativity: 'Masculinity is aggressive, unstable combustible. It is also the most creative cultural force in history.' Speaking of the 'fashionable disdain for 'patriarchal society' to which nothing good is ever attributed,' she writes, 'But it is patriarchal society that has freed me as a woman. It is capitalism that has given me the leisure to sit at this desk writing this book. Let us stop being small-minded about men and freely acknowledge what treasures their obsessiveness has poured into culture.' Men, writes Paglia, 'created the world we live in and the luxuries we enjoy' : 'When I cross the George Washington Bridge or any of America's great bridges, I think--men have done this. Construction is a sublime male poetry.'"
It is refreshing to find a feminist who isn't battering the male sex, a woman who can appreciate and complement the many great and wonderful achievements of men in our society. Now that we have looked at the positive we most also draw our attention to the negative:
"All the same, Paglia's praise of males may sound irrelevant to administrators who have hard-core disciplinary problems in their schools. Much antisocial behavior is sexual. Much of it perpetrated by males. The equity specialists may be routinely guilty of misrepresenting the facts and unfairly putting men and boys in bad light; but they are not wrong when they point out that our schools are plagued with sexually crude, disrespectful, and untoward behavior."
Sommers proposes a solution to the problem of immorality and incivility in today's youth:
"The answer is that boys do, indeed, need to be educated and civilized. They need to be turned into respectful human beings. one must show them, in ways that leave them in no doubt, that they cannot get away with bullying or harassing other students. Boys need strong moral guidance. Our schools should implement firm codes of discipline and clear and unequivocal rules against profanity, incivility and hurtful behavior. Teachers and administrators have to establish a school environment that does not tolerate any variety of egregious meanness and incivility--sexual or nonsexual. Boys badly need moral education and discipline. So do girls."
Moral training, Sommers believes is the key to establishing genuine fairness and equity in our schools. Once we establish a firm understanding of ethics within our young people, we will have a brighter future for all our young people, boys and girls alike.