Tuesday, January 28, 2020

"Boys and Sex", book preview and interview, author Peggy Orenstein, on Vox

Hope Reese has an important book preview on Vox (a series called “The Highlight”), of “Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity”. By Peggy Orenstein. It’s an audio book with listening time 7 hours and 20 minutes, from Harper, according to Amazon.
Let me stop there. John Fish has advertised (as a sponsor) audio books on his channel, and they do take longer to consume and some are condensed.  I think he has said this works out well at the gym, to play them with an earjack Bluetooth if your workout takes three hours or so.  Otherwise, it would contradict his idea (earlier posts) of reading large volumes of books in short time periods.  To go to a movie in a theater takes 4 hours (more if by Metro).  I can generally digest a non-fiction policy book for my blogs in about that time.

Orenstein has earlier books like “Cinderella Ate My Daughter” and “Schoolgirls.”

The article is titled “What is wrong with American boys?” and proceeds with an interview.

When I was growing up, boys and men were supposed to be fungible, willing to take their turn at sacrifice (war) collectively in order to protect their tribe’s women and children.  As a reward, they were offered a chance to compete for power.

Now, for some men, feminism is a real threat, as old-fashioned manhood is no longer needed.
Reproduction and mating is instinctual for many males.  For many others (often not first born sons) it is less so (epigenetics may factor in) and many such biologically normal men use their cerebral control to mediate the instinct to father children.  Some will find a reason for upward affiliation and sometimes homosexuality (of the usual kind, not fluidity or trans, which are totally different). She doesn’t quite get there.

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