What Are Little Boys Made Of? In his essay "What Are Little Boys Made Of?", Michael Kimmel describes howAmerica has been so focused on girls and feminism, that boys have been forgotten about.
"There's no question that there's a boy crisis. Virtually all the books cite the samestatistics: boys are four to five times more likely to be diagnosed as emotionally disturbed,three times more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, and fifteen timesmore likely to be victims of violent crime" (Kimmel, What Are Little Boys Made Of).
American men have always tried to prove that they are real men by doing anenormous amount of things to prove it. They take amazing risks, such as driving fast,building up their muscles, making a lot of money, etc. The self made man has done manygreat things in the world but when does he stop feeling that he has to prove it.
He hasbuilt wonderful civilizations but he still feels insecure and still feels that he has to provehimself. For instance, I remember many different occasions in high school where differentguys would get into fights solely to see who was stronger, who was more of a man. Evenif one of them did not want to fight, he felt that he couldn't turn down the challengebecause that would make him look and feel like less of a man.
What many do not realize is that men are not only trying to prove themselves as strong men to the women, but mainly to other men. For example, my friend Ryan and I went to see a movie when I was visiting him in Arizona last year. He wouldn't take me to Ruth 2 see the new Madonna movie, The Next Best Thing, because he...