The Public Interest

Boys will be boys

Gwen J. Broude

Summer 1999

ARE boys in trouble today? Their situation is desperate, according to a coalition of clinical and academic psychologists. The alarming news has been trumpeted in scholarly journals as well as in several bestselling books, most notably William Pollack’s Real Boys and Michael Gurians The Wonder of Boys and A Fine Young Man.  Both Pollack, codirector of the Center for Men at McClean Hospital of Harvard Medical School, and Gurian, a Washington-based family therapist, want to persuade us that we are in the midst of a boy crisis of epidemic proportion.

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