Second Thoughts on Swagger

A Few Thoughts on Maureen Dowd’s piece:

1. Most of the folks who have written about this article focus on one of two themes: There are those who ask, “Why would anyone be surprised?  Haven’t boys always been about this sort of thing?” Others suggest that Dowd has shortchanged girls. “They aren’t just victims in all of this. They have the power to make decisions.”

2. I know I shouldn’t be surprised by the age of the boys, but in grade 8, I was hoping to make the baseball team and maybe, just maybe, get invited to a grade school graduation party.

3. On top of everything else that is appalling about this situation, there is also the issue of “schmoozing with parents” and the fear that, in our effort to promote social graces, we may be inadvertently encouraging a new generation of Eddie Haskells.

4. Dowd ends her piece by referring to the “macho culture of silence” and that is something worth a good ponder.  There seems to be an almost magnetic “pull of the pack” that affects boys of all ages. In almost every Enron-like case, wasn’t it  a woman who came forward and said, “Enough is enough. I’ve got to be the whistle blower.”?

5. If this sort of thing were written about UCC boys, how would we react? And what should we do right now to make sure our boys see girls and women in a different light?


One thought on “Second Thoughts on Swagger

  1. Your final point is an excellent one: “And what should we do right now to make sure our boys see girls and women in a different light?” Unfortunately we do not have to look too far for examples of how girls and women are objectified as sex objects by our own boys at UCC.

    Ironically, on the same day as your blog post, parents received a Heads Up email inviting us to view a video of Grade 5 boys dancing to the song California Girls with not very subtle lyrics. We can’t expect that kids will not be exposed to this aspect of popular culture. However, the school’s celebration of it is just the thing that bit by bit can instill retrograde attitudes towards the opposite sex.

    After all, these boys are in Grade 5. What attitudes towards girls and women will these boys have when they are in Grade 8?

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