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Boys and Reading, a Monday Musing

Today’s Musing Mondays post is about boys and reading…Do you know of any young boys who do not like to read? Why do you think boys so often don’t? What can we do to encourage them to read more?

In my early thirties and being single, I don’t have a company of young boys and girls. When I search my mind for childhood memories, I am not surprised that my love for books and attachment to reading were not contagious. All the boys in my class didn’t read much except for comic books. Patrons at the school library were predominately girls who probably had more enduring attention span on words. The front runners in humanity subjects like language art and literature were always, but not by surprise, girls. Boys are taught to be acting like a man, meaning they are expected to play sports, to justify their being masculine, and unfortunately reading is not the most macho activity that defines the image of masculinity, it’s next-in-line to sewing and knitting in being so passive, quiet, and “clean”—a girly pastime. After all, it’s a tug-o-war between personal choices and societal conformation. I remember rendering myself invisible in the company of other boys because I wasn’t living up to the expectation (stereotype). After all, we all have grown up feeling ashame of ourselves, right? Very quickly I have come to terms with the real me. I certainly have chosen to exercise my brain muscle and give myself away to critical thinking at early age because I’m simply not cut out for team sports.