Boys

Men Will be Boys, and Boys Will be Men

Nick Clements | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

By remaining boys, we are able to pursue very selfish lives, full of ambition, competition and ego. This is promoted as an ideal, a role model or template for boys to follow. This fixed and inflexible view of masculine is nurtured by our culture, by the way we teach, by the media, by our drunken peers, by so many different means. However, it is not our nature.

Today the UK's Forgotten Victims, Tomorrow Its Next Child Protection Scandal?

Ella Cockbain | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK
Ella Cockbain

As debate rages on about how best to avoid 'another Rotherham', I know I'm not alone in wishing some attention would also be paid to how best to protect boys from sexual exploitation.

Louise Ridley

Breaking Bad And Game Of Thrones Have A Lot To Answer For...

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The most popular names given to babies in England and Wales have been revealed, and some unusual names have made an appearance in the charts for the f...

The Truth About Single-Sex Schools

Sian Elvin | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sian Elvin

With the lack of boys to make us mentally edit our conversation, no topic was off-limits. Periods and sex were very openly discussed, and if you had a problem or worry you could almost always discover the solution.

Rites and Wrongs

Nick Clements | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

In some sense the skills taught created the man. A young boy would struggle to learn all such skills on his own. By teaching them, the older men speeded up the learning process. The boy recognised he needed to be taught how to become a man, and the process was valued.

Dreading the Three 'D's - As a Mother

Janey Jones | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Janey Jones

As I have three sons and yet write for girls, lots of people say - 'How funny!" But having sons doesn't make a girly girl more boyish. However, it has helped me to understand boys more, certainly. My findings on boys are thus: boys act indifferent when they really care a lot.

10 Ways to Avoid Gender Stereotyping in Children

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

Try to resist seeing the world in pink and blue, despite the inevitable monochrome bombardment you'll face from the moment of your first child's birth. Despite what you're told, open your mind to the idea that both genders can appreciate a diverse palette.

Men and Boys in the Woods

Nick Clements | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

It is a very sorry state we live in when a wish to help young people is instantly assumed to be malign. I absolutely know where it comes from, and have a huge amount of sympathy for it. But, I know I must support and encourage men to challenge the assumptions, they will provide positive male role models which buck the trend, and show all of us better ways are possible.

In a Relationship: The Truth About Living With a Boy

Francesca Selsby | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Francesca Selsby

This is one for the girls. Thinking about taking your relationship to the next level and moving in together? The truth is boys will be boys and that won't change even when you live together...

Blue Is the Colour

Nick Clements | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

I recently heard a good story from someone about becoming a dad. After his child was delivered the man was handed the tiny baby, as the midwife did so she quickly checked the sex, and proudly said 'here's your big strong boy.' The father wondered if the midwife had delivered a girl whether she would have said 'here's your big strong girl.' Right from the first seconds of being born we are judged and compartmentalized.

Being a Man

Nick Clements | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

I have to admit every now and again I turn into a crusty old git, who is very worldy-wise, been there, done it, seen it, got the T-shirt. My close friends would probably raise an eyebrow at such a statement and whisper in my ear, 'when are you not like that?' illustrating what good friends they are by doing so.

Four Mistakes That Boys Make on Dates at University

Jess Evans | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jess Evans

So we're students, yes we get it, we're both shamelessly poor, we're both not so great at the whole saving our loan for anything other than alcohol, and impulsive shopping trips, however boys; if you actually do ask a girl out on a date and clearly tell her you want to take her out, then surely this must mean a dinner, a cinema ticket or a few drinks are paid for in the date?

Eating Disorders in Boys: Recognising the Signs Before It Gets to Crisis

Sam Thomas | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

A growing number of boys and young men are developing anorexia and bulimia at an alarming rate... Despite the focus being centered on girls and young women, it's wrong to assume that boys and young men are any less worried about their bodies.

Three False Male Myths Which Are Damaging to Us All

Nick Clements | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

Boys and men are still being conditioned into thinking they are very different from women. The differences between the behaviour and the abilities of men and women are infinitesimal. They have so much more to do with conditioning and nurturing than physiology or nature.

A Confusion of Men

Nick Clements | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

I love the collective nouns for groups of animals: a murder of crows, a charm of goldfinches, a bloat of hippopotamuses. At a recent Men and Boys conference I invented a new one - 'a confusion of men'. Right now, most boys and men are confused about what it is to be a man. I think that is a good thing.

It's a Fine Line Between Imagination and Fantasy, and Most of Our Young Men Are on the Wrong Side

Nick Clements | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

We can't afford to look away from this. Our present addiction to gaming and porn is a very serious matter, which needs confronting, just as any other addiction does. Our addictive fantasy world existence is actually hindering our development as a species. It is stunting us all, by suppressing our imaginations.

Why Many Girls in India Simply Don't Survive...

Peter Byass | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Peter Byass

Child survival rates are a major global concern, not least because of the targets set by Millennium Development Goal 4, to reduce under-5 deaths by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015.

The Ages of Men: Modern Man and His Rites - Seeking Security, Lacking Pride, and Being Diminished

Nick Clements | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

What ages have we on offer for boys and men in this post-modern society? I suggest maybe four from birth to death. These delineate a journey from 'boyhood' through 'ladness' to 'blokedom' and finishes with a good dose of 'old gitness'.

How Do We Get British Boys Level With the Girls?

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Carey Ann Dodah

what can be done to inspire boys to love writing as much as girls? Of course, it is important to remember that not all boys are the same and not all boys are in danger of underachieving. However here are my tips on how parents and teachers can work together to inspire their boys.

Girls' A-level Choices are Locking Them Out of Creative Industries Too

Polly Courtney | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Polly Courtney

The idea that painters, writers, dancers, designers and musicians can exist on the basis of their creativity alone is misplaced and out of date. I am one of a small but growing number of creative who benefits from a scientific background.

The Joy of Boys: What to Expect When You're Expecting a Prince

Emma Jenner | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Jenner

Raising a boy has its own particular joys and challenges. Duchess Kate and Prince William have some experience looking after younger brothers James and Prince Harry, but being a parent is entirely new. Here are some of the things that new parents of sons have to look forward to.

Indie Boys Don't Like Jam: Part 1

Morgana Edwards | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Morgana Edwards

Like many other girls of my generation, I have long had a penchant for the indie boy. As a 16-year-old I spent many hours lamenting the fact that the bassist of 'insert name of NME's top-tip' was not, and probably never would, my husband.

Why Are Musicians More Attractive Than Normal People?

Molly McGreevy | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Molly McGreevy

Imagine the most unattractive person you know. Now imagine them with a bad case of acne, a greasy barnet and stinky breath. Now think of that same person again, but this time they're the lead singer in the latest chart-topping band.

Boys, Boobs and a Whole Lot of Honesty

Jodie Butt | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jodie Butt

Boys and boobs have had a love affair for as long as the world has existed. Boys are seemingly mesmerised by these two dangling things, the mere sight of them can bring joy into their life and make the world a better place.

Common Sense 1 - Religion 0

Andrew Gonsalves | Posted 15.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Gonsalves

There were a fair few column inches devoted to a ruling in a German court that circumcision for non-medical reasons is an assault, and interferes with a child's right to determine his own religion. A number of commentators have said that the ruling amounts to some form of religious persecution against the Jewish and Muslim populations in the country, but in my opinion the courts are absolutely bloody right.