Masterminds and Wingmen: Inside Boy World

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabees, turns her attention to boys. She talks about the way boys think and shows parents, educators and coaches how to help boys overcome their most common yet difficult social challenges. Masterminds and Wingmen looks at the interior life of boys and offers innovative strategies aimed at helping boys develop a positive and strong sense of self.


Rosalind Wiseman

Comments [8]

IC from Hawaii/NY/Montreal

I'm uncertain the conclusion about boys' behavior isn't just a point of view from some people. I can't say my own experience is the bar to judge upon, but I certainly have a very different experience with my son as opposed to the guest and other experts. My son has never hesitated in discussing matters with me from fears, uncertainties to sport, achievements, relationships. I think any relationship is a two way street, which both side should examine their impact upon the other person and boys included, it's how they will grow up to be thoughtful empathetic people.

Sep. 21 2013 01:53 PM

Apropos my previous post (and entirely on-topic for the segment):
'More Girls Take Part in High School Wrestling'

"I think it's better if it's girl and girl," he said. "If boys and girls wrestle together, it's physically harder for the girl, but mentally harder for the boy."

"A boy who goes out on the mat against a girl doesn't win. If he beats her, he was supposed to, and if he doesn't, he's dead meat."

Dissident Homosexual Frot Activist Bill Weintraub's commentary on this 2007 New York Times article:

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Sep. 10 2013 08:13 PM
Zach from Long Island

Did Leonard just say that lacrosse isn't big in New York?? he needs to take a trip to the outer boroughs/ Long Island/ Westchester. Lax is HUGE

Sep. 10 2013 01:58 PM
antonio from baySide

I know I am simplifying this but, Isn't the key to it all is to not be generic.
Full disclosure, I have a good re pore with kids, so it comes easy.. Just watch "Dead poet's society..." The character Robin Williams played was exactly the way you should interact with boys. Measured, calm, cool, wacky. Eclectic.

Sep. 10 2013 01:56 PM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk

Good to have the "conversation" turn to boys for once. Boys are one down in virtually every facet of this society. We try to contain their energy by making them sit straight in school and straightjacket their natural emotions. We follow that up by diagnosis which include ADHD and Child Bipolar. This leads to drugs like Ritalin and serious antipsychotics with strong side effects. Is there any wonder that boys are turning off to school, The results are a 60-40 girl to boy ratio in colleges. Besides Ms. Wiseman's book, I highly recommend Christine Hoff Sommers' "The War Against Boys"

Sep. 10 2013 01:56 PM
Ed from Larchmont

How are boys doing with so many boys growing up without fathers in the home?

Sep. 10 2013 01:51 PM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

Ms. Wiseman,

Would you care to speculate on the difference between the boys you interviewed and the three boys who killed the baseball player a few weeks ago because they were bored?

Sep. 10 2013 01:44 PM

Please address:

1.) The claim that in many cases, boys are medicated (with Ritalin and the like) for nothing more than exhibiting the natural aggression that is just part of /being a boy/?

2.) The ways in which co-education, restricts the freedom and ability of boys to be /boys/; to express natural male aggression; to wrestle, roughhouse, and compete with each other athletically to their full ability. Within obvious limits, these are necessary parts of healthy male development.

(Gender-integrated sports are, obviously, even worse in this regard. Pitting boys and girls against each other in athletic activities is unfair and harmful, in a number of ways, to both sexes.)

"A man can never quite understand a boy, even when he has been the boy." ~ G.K. Chesterton

A /woman/, on the other hand, has never even been a boy...

Sep. 10 2013 11:26 AM

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