My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Boys are in Crisis

A new study on child well-being from Duke University shows that boys are in crisis

The study actually claims that both girls and boys are faring almost equally well.
Yet the study shows nothing of the sort. Boys and girls fared equally in six of the 28 categories studied by the researches — and girls fared better than boys in 17 of the remaining 22.

The male advantages were modest. For example, males had a small advantage in math, a slightly lower propensity to smoke, and less likelihood to have been relocated in the past year.

By contrast, many of the girls’ advantages are huge. Their death rate in the 15 to 19 age group is half that of boys, and boys have higher death rates at all ages than girls. While girls do attempt suicide more frequently, boys aged 15 to 19 commit suicide at four times the rate of girls. Boys aged 12 to 19 are 40% more likely to be the victims of violent crime than girls, and are significantly more likely to suffer from drug or alcohol addictions.