It’s time to teach boys the F-word

A 14-year-old son of a friend I spoke to is well aware of the pressures on boys his age and the ways in which they police each other. “If you’re a guy, you don’t want to do girly things,” he said. “You don’t talk about hair or clothes. If you’re complimenting a girl, that’s different. But you don’t carry on.”

“Guys hate Justin Bieber and Twilight, while girls love them,” he continued, noting that if a guy liked either of them, he’d get picked on. The reason for this, he says, is that the vampire trilogy and the newest prince of pop are “too sweet.” Boys, he explained, “don’t like to be so incredibly sweet.”

Read Micah Toub’s full column in the Globe and Mail.


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