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Judy Y Chu

What it takes to be a “real boy” in today’s society

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I feel a strange sense of pride when my 3-old-son opts to drink his milk from the pink cup or pins his blanket around his torso and asks me if I like his beautiful dress. If I’m honest about it, I must admit that I am happier when he behaves in these more stereotypically “feminine” ways than when constructs from his blocks a “super smoke boomer gun” and rids our apartment of bad guys. This pride stems from my feeling that there is a better way for my son to be a boy, that playing dolls or dress-up indicates a sensitivity that boys who opt for superheroes and gunplay don’t have. Reading When Boys Become Boys: Development, Relationships, and Masculinity…

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