In some areas of American life, girls are doing worse and in some areas boys are doing worse. In the aggregate, however, we can now see males doing worse than females in so many areas of cognitive, emotional, mental and physical health that a focus on boys is very necessary. To see the issues that males face today, you might want to get The War Against Boys, by Christina Hoff Sommers, or Saving Our Sons, by Michael Gurian. You can also visit www.understandingboys.org/Pell to peruse the latest statistics from The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity In Higher Education, collected by Senior Fellow Tom Mortenson, who has been studying gender patterns for forty years. http://www.edweek.org/media/every100girls-32boys.pdf.
The issues boys face in America are a tip of the iceberg. The World Health Organization just published an international study noting their surprise that physical and mental health markers for males have now surpassed females in negative outcomes worldwide. The authors noted, “In most parts of the world, health outcomes among boys and men continue to be substantially worse than among girls and women, yet this gender-based disparity in health has received little national, regional or global acknowledgement or attention from health policy-makers or health-care providers. Including both women and men in efforts to reduce gender inequalities in health as part of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda would improve everyone’s health and well-being.” To learn more, visit (http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/92/8/13-132795/en/)