Injustice against young women is always put in the spotlight. Bias against young men, however, is an argument that very few find notable.
It’s quite hard for some people to see how boys truly are discriminated against in a society that’s generally considered a “man’s world.” Yet while women have a lot to say about inequality, men also have something to complain about.
Author Christina Hoff Sommers started her column last year in The New York Times with this: “Boys score as well as or better than girls on most standardized tests, yet they are far less likely to get good grades, take advanced classes or attend college. Why? A study coming out this week in The Journal of Human Resources gives an important answer. Teachers of classes as early as kindergarten factor good behavior into grades -- and girls, as a rule, comport themselves far better than boys.”
The claim that boys suffer from inequities can be challenged by the belief that girls struggle even more than do boys.
Still, boys do face bias.
Stephen Spencer, 14, from Boston Latin Academy, says that during the summer he met a young boy who wanted his nails painted, which then led to other youngsters thinking that this was abnormally girly.
“I said it doesn’t matter,” he said. “If he wants to get his nails painted, then go ahead. It’s his own life.”
When asked if she would negatively judge a boy for wearing a dress, Kaman Hau, 14, from BLA, answered: “No. Everyone has the freedom to wear anything they want.”
Kiana Nguyen, 13, from Boston Latin School, says there are one too many self-defense classes made for girls and girls only. She believes that everyone is capable of earning the help they need.
“There should be gender-neutral programs for both girls and boys,” she said. “Pepper spray is pepper spray, and we all have fingers. I think we can all squeeze the bottle.”