In the Absence of Men
- Wednesday, July 25, 2007
What happens when boys grow up without the influence of male authority? The absence of engaged males in authority—fathers in particular—leads to brutal, crude, dangerous and narcissistic teenage boys and young men.
Stewart Dakers writes of young adolescent males who intimidate passersby on London sidewalks.
As Dakers explains, they live in a world of female authorities. Their fathers – if they know their fathers – are remote and aloof, never there when the boys need discipline and male authority. The boys face only female authority in the home, at school, and in the social service sector. These boys are coddled, entertained and reinforced in self-assertion by a constellation of female influences. Dakers warns that boys raised in a female environment learn quickly to become masters of manipulation.
Boys need the controlling force of male authority—the male voice they cannot ignore. This is a need society cannot ignore.
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