BB Guns, Gangs, and Other Teenage Rites of Passage

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Scott Laudati on the marks left by the need to belong, and the greater need to be true to self.

With Kids Expect the Unexpected: “Mom, Should I Masturbate?”

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How do you react when your kids ask the unexpected? Aleasa Word tackles the question of masturbation.

Sex In The 1980’s


Richard Benson considers whether boyhood was more innocent in the 1980s compared to today.

What Hooking Up Means to Your Teenage Son: Notes for Parents

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Andrew Smiler lists 9 things parents need to know when talking to their teens about dating and hooking up.

From Boys to Men – Tales of Two Adolescents

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Why do young people of roughly the same age and background turn out so differently?

Call for Submissions: Male Stereotypes


Does the stereotypical man exist?

Bodies in Motion: My First Date

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Jason Kapcala was always moving at full speed, so the first time he put on the brakes was a disorienting experience.

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Puberty: 3/16

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Like puberty isn’t bad enough, but some people have to go and write about it.

Failure Is An Option

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Kids need to be able to fail in order to learn how to succeed.

The Function of Adrenalin in Boys’ Rites of Passage

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The young generation can be a threat to the status quo, or an energy source that needs direction, depending on how we meet the challenge.

Batter Up


My girlfriend’s 15 year old kid had played a year of Little League and hadn’t picked up a bat or glove since. This was an opportunity for us to bond, but the odds were stacked against us.

Boys and Men Just Want Sex. Right?


In reality, most male undergraduates don’t have—or want—multiple sex partners.

Letter to J., Who I Used to Mentor


Michael Copperman finds that the right moment to mentor usually comes on the way to somewhere else.

Why We Crave Porn


Although we treat porn as a commodity, it is actually a deeply desired human interaction.

The Utility of Violent Porn


Under what circumstances is it acceptable to simulate non-consensual or violent sex?

Beginning a Dialogue on Death


Coach Cj Swaby’s fight against grief.