Jennifer's Reviews > Packaging Boyhood: Saving Our Sons from Superheroes, Slackers, and Other Media Stereotypes

Packaging Boyhood by Sharon Lamb
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Mar 04, 2011

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I'd just say this book was "ok" for me. It made several good points that I'd absolutely agree with (the problem with stereotypes and how they are taught to boys--the slacker, the player, etc.; the problem with media and video games, etc.)

But I felt like there were some things missing here. 1) The book offered a lot of problems, but few solutions. Minor example: Stereotypical baby clothes--trucks, bugs, sports, "tough guy," etc.--were pounced upon. But what would the author like to see instead?

2) I felt like the author is trying to make boys and girls far too homogeneous. Boys and girls ARE different. And while stereotypes certainly aren't helpful, I think ignoring the differences in boys and girls (physically, emotionally, etc.) can be harmful as well.

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message 1: by David (new)

David Hallelujah to #2. People insist on going too far, one way or the other.

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