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Packaging Boyhood Saving Our Sons from Superheroes, Slackers, and Other Media Stereotypes

Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D., Sharon Lamb, Ed.D., and Mark Tappan, Ed.D.

St. Martin's Press

0312379390

9780312379391

Hardcover

320 Pages

$25.99

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From the authors of the award-winning Packaging Girlhood comes an eye-opening look at the narrow version of boyhood that is sold to our sons. Today's media and marketers besiege boys with a steady diet of negative imagery that encourages slacking over studying; competition over teamwork; power over empowerment; and being cool over being yourself. From cartoons to video games to Halloween costumes, boys are bombarded with stereotypes about what it means to be a boy, including messages about violence, risktaking, and perfecting an image of just not caring.

Straight from the mouths of over 600 boys surveyed from across the United States, the authors offer a long, hard look at what boys are watching, reading, hearing, and doing. Packaging Boyhood gives an in-depth critique of the world that socially constructs boys today and provides parents—and educators—guidance to help boys overcome these troubling images and provide them with the tools to help them resist these messages and be their unique selves.

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LYN MIKEL BROWN, ED.D., Professor of Education at Colby College, is the author of Girlfighting and Raising Their Voices. SHARON LAMB, ED.D., Professor of Psychology at Saint Michael’s College, is the author of The Secret Lives of Girls and Sex, Therapy, and Kids. MARK TAPPAN, ED.D., Professor of Education at Colby College, writes about boys’ development and education, and conducts workshops for parents and teachers on the impact of media on boys.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D., Sharon Lamb, Ed.D., and Mark Tappan, Ed.D.

  • Lyn Mikel Brown is Professor of Education at Colby College, where she teaches courses in child and adolescent development, popular culture and schooling. She is the author of Girlfighting and Raising Their Voices.

    Sharon Lamb is Distinguished Professor of Mental Health at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and Professor of Psychology at Saint Michael’s College. She is the coauthor, with Lyn Mikel Brown, of Packaging Girlhood and the author of The Secret Lives of Girls and Sex, Therapy, and Kids.

    Mark Tappan is Professor and Director of the Education Program at Colby College where he teaches courses on education and social justice, contemporary children and youth, and boy's development and education.
  • Lyn Mikel Brown
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