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Boys To Men Essay

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Boys to Men
Is it possible for boys to learn how to express feelings and be more docile? Research suggests that traits of masculinity may be hardwired. This implies that it is by natural instinct that they tend to be more violent and aggressive. Time and again boys have been put to the test only to discover that “boys will be boys”.
I was raised with 3 brothers and 3 sisters and share the same thoughts as Christina Hoff Sommers that efforts to change boys will be difficult if not impossible. We can however, teach them to utilize the morals and ethics they have and use them to their advantage. Sommers also adds that keeping fully consistent with their masculine natures it is necessary and ...view middle of the document...

This research supports the idea that men are born with a natural instinct and can be taught to control their aggression or violent behavior. The need for “gender reform” is not necessary if we can teach our boys early on to control their aggression and find ways to constrain their masculinity.
Anthony Clare wrote “On men: Masculinity in Crisis, Chatto & Windus, London 2000. He states “there has been much controversy as to the role of male hormones in aggression.” Research shows low levels of serotonin and testosterone can lead to aggression in men. According to results of a study reported at the 6th International Congress of Neuroendocrinology – Aggression in men may be due to variation in 1 of 2 genes involved in the activity of the neurotransmitter serotonin ( taken from Science Daily June 21, 2006 article). As boys grown up and go through hormonal changes they may express more aggression at times. However, I feel they also have the ability to learn how to control their aggression when taught correctly how and when to use it.
Teaching our young men to become considerate and conscientious human beings is important for our society to remain healthy. Children and young adults tend to copy behaviors happening around them. If our boys are subjected to a hostile environment they are more likely to display that type of behavior elsewhere. Schools, home and workplaces can definitely play a significant role in molding the minds...

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