When I read my weekly issue of Time magazine, I usually start at the beginning. The beginning of Time magazine is a column titled “Editor’s Desk,” by managing editor Nancy Gibbs. As I was reading her column this week, I was struck by the following statement from Gibbs:
- “Also in this issue is a remarkable report on the hearts and minds of young men. Every few years, the spotlight tends to swing from girls to boys and back again: Who’s racing ahead, who’s falling behind, who suffers more from a hookup culture whose actual virulence is often exaggerated.”
Huh? If there has ever been a spotlight revealing any concern for the status of boys vis-à-vis the girls during my lifetime, I missed it. As a staunch opponent of affirmative action, I have always been concerned that boys are bound to suffer whenever society (the establishment, especially the media) seems to be rooting unabashedly for one over the other, especially in a zero-sum game.
Notwithstanding the misleading nature of Gibbs’ statement, her column does refer the reader to a major article in this week’s issue relating to boys – “What Boys Want.” Although the principal focus of the article is the fact that boys seem to be having more trouble dealing emotionally with the new hookup culture, it also examines how boys have broadly fallen behind girls in life in general – e.g., in 1970, 58% of college students were men, while in 2010, 57% of college students were women.
All of this reminds me of the old saying that the grass is not greener on the other side of the street; it’s greener where you water it.
I hope this article is a sign of things to come, a time when boys and girls receive the attention they deserve.