Dear Men of Middle Tennessee,
Bless your hearts (which reminds me, aimai, I don’t know who you are or if you even read my blog, but I have the hugest crush on you right about now.).
Aimai does a good job of deflating some of the nonsense over at that cutie Bob Krumm’s, but I feel like I must also point some stuff out.
First, boys are girls are not opposite. Boys can be having problems in school while some girls are achieving high rates of success and that’s not the same thing as boys having problems in school BECAUSE some girls are achieving high rates of success.
Boys are girls are not opposites. It’s not a matter of schools becoming more girl-friendly and thus must follow, they are becoming more boy-unfriendly.
Indeed, it could be that almost all children are suffering from the rampent over-diagnosis of ADD/ADHD and thus the over-prescription of drugs designed to control them. It could be that all children are suffering under fewer recesses, no PE, and highly curtailed access to the arts so that their schools can prepare them for the No Child Left Behind tests.
And it may be that a very small group of girls is able to flourish under such harsh conditions, even as the rest of the student body suffers.
No one doubts that boys are struggling to keep up with girls in school.
But the answer is not to blame the girls, as if they should just stupid down and step out of the way of the boys.
The answer is to figure out what’s going wrong and fix it, not to dismantle what’s going right for girls in order to make things “fair and balanced.”
I think Krumm gets this, but I’m not sure his commenters do.
As for you, Mr. Truman Bean, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, ha ha hahahahaha, whoo boy that’s funny.
Aren’t you supposed to be no-nonsense?”
And, if so, can’t you smell the holes in the cheese that is Christina Hoffs Sommers?
Ms. “I’m not a gender feminist; I’m an equality feminist, but I still kept and use my middle name.” Ms. “I went to college. I get to read and write for a living.” In other words, “I benefit directly from feminism, but it’s fun to sell out women who have the guts to identify as feminists.”
You’re going to take her seriously when she starts talking about how U.S. feminists haven’t done anything to help feminists in Muslim countries? This is a women who owes her whole persona and professional career to feminism and you take her bashing of the philosophy that was so good to her as fact?
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha etc. again.
Edited to Add: More posts like this, Krumm, and I’m going to feel the need to sit on your head and help you incubate your nascent feminism.