Packaging Boyhood

Player. Jock. Slacker. Competitor. Superhero. Goofball. Boys are besieged by images in the media that encourage slacking over studying; competition over teamwork; power over empowerment.

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In Packaging Boyhood: Saving Our Sons From Superheroes, Slackers, and Other Media Stereotypes, authors Lyn Mikel Brown, Mark Tappan, and Sharon Lamb scrutinize cartoons, video games, and movies to examine the stereotypes that marketers and the media use to sell boys on what it means to be a boy.

Guest host Brian Ellison talks with Brown and Tappan about how parents can broach these subjects with their sons, and discuss what tools boys can use to help resist these messages.

About the authors

LYN MIKEL BROWN, ED.D., Professor of Education at Colby College, is the author of Girlfighting and Raising Their Voices. SHARON LAMB, ED.D., Professor of Psychology at Saint Michael's College, is the author of The Secret Lives of Girls and Sex, Therapy, and Kids. MARK TAPPAN, ED.D., Professor of Education at Colby College, writes about boys' development and education, and conducts workshops for parents and teachers on the impact of media on boys.