The lede or hook of “What We Are Not Teaching Boys About Being Human” by Ruth Whippman is: “If we want to create a more equitable society, one in which everyone has the opportunity to thrive, we must start with the way we teach our boys about gender and emotions.” The thesis of “What We Are Not Teaching Boys About Being Human” by Ruth Whippman is: “We need to redefine what it means to be a man, to recognize that strength is found in vulnerability, that emotional intelligence is a vital component of masculinity and that the ability to nurture should be valued as highly as the ability to lead.” She cites research found in the Journal of Adolescence showing males who stick to normal masculine ideals are more likely to participate in harmful behaviors, like bullying, drug abuse, and violence. She also cites American Psychological Association studies that shows the harm toxic masculinity causes to boys’ mental health and wellbeing. She also makes reference to the writings of academics and researchers like Michael Kimmel and Niobe Way to support her case for a more caring and open view of masculinity. One place where the author uses ethos says “As a parent of two young boys, I know how pervasive these messages are in our culture, and how hard they can be to counteract.” One place where the author uses pathos says “When we talk about toxic masculinity, we’re not talking about ‘all men.’ We’re talking about a set of harmful and limiting ideas about what it means to be a man that have taken root in our society, ideas that can hurt men and boys just as much as they hurt women and girls.” One place where the author uses logos says “We need to start teaching boys that it’s okay to feel sad or scared or confused, and that those emotions don’t make them weak. We need to teach them how to talk about their feelings, to listen to others, and to seek help when they need it.” The author does not discuss a counterargument.
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