For the first time in modern history, most (Western) parents want daughters, not sons. Why? More parents want to raise a son who’s vulnerable, nerdy, artistic, thoughtful, expressive—but they worry that doing so may make their boy vulnerable to bullying and other blowback for violating the persistent and often toxic standards of manhood. “All of the dread and loathing I’d always felt about the limiting script of traditional masculine norms came flooding back,” says Andrew Reiner, a Towson University English professor, who was “terrified” when he learned, five years ago, that he was having a son.
Read about the tectonic shift that has parents reconsidering their desire to raise a young man here.
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