Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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September 5, 2013

Where are the boys?

University attendance has been skewing toward the females.

Where exactly are the boys? The jobless rate for young men is terrible. They aren’t all in prison or in the military. I wonder: are they in mom’s basement playing “Call of Duty” into the wee hours?

I just read a commentator say that women are marrying less and less primarily for one reason: the men today just aren’t worth marrying. Why bother with marriage to all these slackers and bros? Women can increasingly earn their own wages, have protected sex that doesn’t result in pregnancy, look to the government for financial support as needed – and for companionship buy a dog.

Boys aren’t needed. Boys don’t care. The culture feeds them everything they could possibly desire, except meaning. Their parents cover them with insurance. Microwaves and fast food restaurants mean that nobody has to cook. Migrants hungrily take the brutal jobs. Drones defend the homeland. Those liberated girls we were just talking about seem to be fine with casual sex. And happily, boys have screens to occupy their time otherwise. LOL. What’s not to like?

The endeavors that do continue to attract boys tend toward concrete results and right answers. Sports, business, engineering, war. Boys want to know what’s required of them and then trust that if they perform, the system will reward them. They like to see the results, even if it means losing or failing, so long as the enterprise makes sense.

Add to this the epidemic of medications intended to flatten out a boy’s need to jump and wrestle and make violent noises. We expect them in school to sit in rows, read poetry, hear again and again the idiocy of political correctness, wallow in their feelings, and abide within regimes of zero tolerance for the very things that boys in particular do.

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