I agree with James Taranto that there is a war on men and it starts early, as he points out, as a war on boys. Christina Hoff Sommers has much to say about the topic from an educational standpoint in her revised edition of The War on Boys. Our schools keep boys confined, take away recess, and have adopted a feminized approach to schools to the point where it is mainly for those who conform, sit still, and like to follow rules.
Psychologically, I wonder what the culture is telling little six-year-old boys like Hunter Yelton when they accuse him of sexual harassment for kissing a girl. This used to be normal. Now, the PC police have taught him that girls are dangerous, that he is some type of pervert and that as a male, he is always suspect. This is a very bad lesson to learn. As boys grow up, more will opt out and decide not to get involved when women are present. I write about this opting out in my book Men on Strike and it takes the form of men not wanting to marry as often, go to college where they are seen as some type of rapist, or even stop to help a child for fear of being charged as a pervert.
The Yelton case should serve as a warning to parents and those who care about boys to fight for their sons’ freedom and rights in the same way that they would fight for their daughters, maybe even more so in today’s society where anyone’s son can become the next Hunter, or worse, one of the falsely accused as in the Duke rape case. Men deserve justice as much as women in our PC culture. It is only by bringing to light the cases like Hunter’s that we as a society will start down a path to change. We must accept that it is no longer a man’s world — and maybe it never was — and that little boys like Hunter are the ones most likely to suffer when society allows PC dogma, rather than reason, to dominate our political and educational systems.
— Helen Smith is a forensic psychologist and author of Men on Strike.