The War on American Boys Continues.
On March 11, 2009, President Obama signed an Executive Order creating the White House Council on Women and Girls. In his remarks at the signing, the President underscored that the purpose of the Council is to ensure that each of the agencies in which they’re charged takes into account the needs of women and girls in the policies they draft, the programs they create, the legislation they support and that the true purpose of our government is to ensure that in America, all things are still possible for all people.
The list below was originally created by Tom Mortenson in 2011. It is updated each year.
The data in the table below shows that on many, many measures of: a) educational, behavioral and mental health outcomes, b) alcohol, drug addiction, and drug overdoses, c) suicide, murder, violent crimes, and incarceration, d) job fatalities and e) homelessness, boys and men are faring much worse than girls and women.
Boys and men are at greater risk than girls and women yet gender disparities that disproportionately and adversely affect men get almost no attention.
There are women’s centers and women’s commissions on almost every college campus in the country, and in higher education, there is a significant and disproportionate number of sex-specific scholarships, fellowships, awards, initiatives, etc. for female students and faculty.
There are hundreds of single-sex, girl-only summer (and other) STEM programs at universities all over the country that illegally discriminate against boys in violation of Title IX’s prohibition of sex discrimination.
The war on boys is real. The largest mental health association in America comes out and vilifies several positive masculine traits as toxic and now little boys in crisis are going to be brainwashed out of being male.
Women learn more, earn more, control more wealth and have better health than men. Yet the myths of female oppression persist at the expense of American boys.