Introduction

Schools, Masculinity and Boyness in the War Against Boys

in Boyhood Studies
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  • 1 Newcastle University chris.haywood@newcastle.ac.uk
  • 2 Newman University M.MacAnGhaill@bham.ac.uk
  • 3 Brandon University AllanJ@brandonu.ca

The re-publication of Christine Hoff Sommers’s book on the War Against Boys (2000, 2013) continues to feed into a widely circulating premise that feminist inspired pedagogical strategies are having a detrimental effect on boys’ experience of education. It resonates with a UK newspaper article whose author asked: “Why do women teachers like me treat being a boy as an illness?” (Child 2010). In the late 1990s, Sara Delamont had already highlighted how the media targeted feminists for the failure of boys, where “school and classroom regimes … favour females and feminine values; a lack of academic/scholarly male role models for boys, a bias in favour of feminism in curricula, a lack of toughness in discipline, and a rejection of competition in academic or sporting matters” (1999: 14).

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