Gender studies – Focus on boys

The Graduate School of Education at Harvard will get a new Center on Gender and Education, thanks to a $12.5 million gift from actress and activist Jane Fonda, The New York Times reported March 1.

The center will explore how gender affects children’s development and learning.

While girls traditionally have been the focus of the study of sex and education, the new center will focus on boys.

“I don’t think women suffer any more than men do,” she said. “In some ways, I think men suffer more.”

As much as adolescent girls are taught to be docile and look for a man, she said, boys are taught by age 5 to be unemotional, “manly and strong.”

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