The Commission

Dr. Farrell then organized a multi-partisan coalition of about three dozen of the nation’s leading authors, therapists and practitioners of boys and men’s issues.

The commission is working to bring a group of boys, girls, men and women to Iowa and New Hampshire. The hops is to personally tell the legislators about the hardships that are being faced. We need your help to make this happen.

Click here for their bios and pictures>>>

Dr. Warren Farrell, CIW & Related Media

Dr. Warren Farrell, the Vice President of CIW for Gender Issues, is the author of books published in 17 languages, including international best-sellers The Myth of Male Power and Why Men Are the Way they Are. Farrell, Ken Wilber and Marc Gafni have done numerous interviews together.  Farrell, Gafni and John Gray are co-authoring Beyond Mars and Venus. Dr. Farrell’s popular and profound talk Why Love is Such a Mess, delivered at the Integral Spiritual Experience 2, shows how the real transition to gender liberation is the transition from Stage I survival to Stage II discovery of fulfillment—fulfillment that neither sex had in the past.

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The Boy Crisis – The Cost of Male Disposability

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by Dr. Warren Farrell, Intro by Paul Elam (ICMI of 2014)

Dr. Warren Farrell on The Dr. Vibe Show™

Dr. Warren Farrell and his “Proposal For A White House Council On Boys And Men” were recently featured on The Dr. Vibe Show™.

Listen to their podcast by clicking here.





Dr. Warren Farrell on Why Men Are the Way They Are

Warren Farrell on The Oprah Winfrey Show: Why Men Are the Way They Are

Dr. Warren Farrell discusses couples’ communication on Choice Conversations

Warren Farrell Award for Best Men’s Beauty Contest and Role-Reversal Date Summary

Dr. Warren Farrell on Why Men Are the Way They Are

Warren Farrell, Ph.D. gives a presentation on Why Men Are the Way They Are for Bell Atlantic Corporation Corporate Television.

Watch these videos on The Perspective You Haven’t Heard:

Part 1

In this segment, Dr. Farrell explains the troubles that boys and men face in life and listens to stories about the audience members’ fathers.

Part 2

Hear Dr. Farrell talk about the shift of relationships from men and women being survival-era ‘role mates’ to modern ‘soul mates’.

Part 3

In this clip, Dr. Farrell focuses on the gender pay gap and what it means to be the breadwinner in a family.

Warren Farrell on The Oprah Winfrey Show: Why Men Are the Way They Are

Watch the start of Dr. Warren Farrell’s educational conversation on Why Men Are the Way They Are on The Oprah Winfrey Show:

How divorce hurts as shared by an Oprah audience primarily of men


In this second segment of this educational conversation, Dr. Warren Farrell discusses:

Why what helps a man succeed at work can be a destructive force at home


In this third segment of their conversation, Oprah and Dr. Farrell discuss the differences that they see when there’s a show with a female audience. Farrell points out:

The importance of communication BEFORE conflict starts


In this short discussion, Warren Farrell discusses what he perceives as:

The sadness and depression in the room


In this Final segment of Dr. Warren Farrell’s educational conversation about Why Men Are the Way They Are, he talks about

How can men and women share the responsibility of communication, family responsibility and generating income?

The broadcast was briefly interrupted by news reporting on the USS Stark attack, which is why this clip appears to start mid-thought.

Dr. Warren Farrell at the Integral Spiritual Experience

This remarkable video from the Integral Spiritual Experience 2 shows Warren Farrell explaining what moved us into our present cultural state of seeing males as disposable and offers a number of ideas about how we can move forward to a place where both men and women are valued as human beings.



About the Commission

Welcome.

The proposal for a White House Council on Boys & Men was originally inspired by a discussion initiated by the White House Boards and Commissions Director Joanna Martin and Dr. Warren Farrell, inquiring of his interest in advising the White House Council on Women and Girls, given his background with the National Organization for Women. Shortly after, Dr. Farrell created a multi-partisan Commission of thirty-four prominent authors, educators, researchers and practitioners to accomplish three goals: investigate the status of boys and their journey into manhood; identify both surface and underlying problems confronting boys and men; create a blueprint toward solutions. This proposal is the result.

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Who and What.

A multi-partisan Commission of thirty-four nationally-known scholars and practitioners request that President Obama create a White House Council on Boys to Men.

Why.

A nationwide crisis of boys and men already exists. The Commission identifies five components:
Education. Boys are behind girls in almost every subject, especially reading and writing. Yet boy-friendly programs (e.g., recess and vocational education) are being curtailed.
Jobs. Our sons are not being prepared for jobs where the jobs will be. Yet women rarely marry men in unemployment lines.
Fatherlessness. A third of boys are raised in father-absent homes; yet boys and girls with significant father involvement do better in more than 25 areas.
Physical health. Life expectancy has gone from one to five years less for males than for females, yet federal offices of boys and men’s health are non-existent.
Emotional health. Boys’ suicide rate goes from equal to girls to five times girls’ between ages 13 and 20, as boys feel the pressures of the male role.

Each of the five crisis components is potentially handled by a different department of the government; therefore coordination and prioritization is best handled at the White House level.

Short-Term Investment.

One million dollars.

Long-Term Savings.

Many billions of dollars. (For example, boys who are cared for become men who care for–men who pay taxes for schools rather than drain taxes for prisons.)

Quality-of-Life Savings.

Priceless.

Timing.

The mere presidential announcement of a White House Council on Boys to Men makes visible an invisible crisis. A White House Conference on Boys to Men to present “best practices” within one year after the Council is created.

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The Proposal for a White House Council on Boys and Men

Executive Summary

President Obama is requested to announce the establishment of a White House Council on Boys and Men, parallel to the White House Council on Women and Girls. This request flows from a group of thirty-four national-class scholars and practitioners led by Dr. Warren Farrell.

All the facts in this Executive Summary are documented in the proposal and endnotes that follow.

The Commission identifies problems at a crisis level in five areas: education, emotional health, physical health, father involvement and work.

Education

Boys are more medicated and less educated. They are considerably behind girls in reading and writing, motivation, grades, and standardized test scores. More boys are dropouts and expelled. In higher education, as this graph reveals, males have gone from 61% of graduates to a projected 39%.

Percent of All College Degrees* Female vs. Male, 1966–2019

Among Hispanics and African-Americans, the male-female gap is greater. As for consequences, by his mid-30’s, the African-American boy who drops out of high school has a 60% chance of having spent time in prison.

Solutions a Council might explore include more male teachers; updated teacher education; boy-friendly teaching, testing and schools; and incentives for children having both parents.

Emotional Health

Boys’ suicide rate goes from equal to girls’ prior to adolescence to five times girls’ between 20 and 24. Among the elderly, men over 85 have a suicide rate 1300% higher than their female peers. Other symptoms of male emotional challenges range from ADHD to violence, crime and the 5 D’s: depression, drinking, drugs, disobedience and delinquency. A Council might proffer such solutions as parent and professional education, communication and relationship-skill training, and encouraging mentoring and two-parent families.

Father Involvement

With one out of three children in the U.S. living in father-absent homes, the Commission examined the potential benefits of more-involved dads to single mothers, and to our children’s emotional stability, academic achievement, social maturity, physical safety, and future marital success. It examines the possible impact of fathers on the reduction of social problems from poverty to unwed births and crime. It considers solutions ranging from examining the impact of paternity leave (e.g., in Sweden, 85% of fathers take paternity leave) to the potential of a male birth control pill; from legislation to create incentives for father involvement in unwed and divorced families to educating boys in school as to their value as future dads.

Physical Health

The Commission examines why the male-female life expectancy gap has grown from one year in 1920 to more than five years today. And why boys and men die earlier than girls and women from nine of the 10 leading causes of death.

The proposal cites the economic costs of neglecting boys and men’s health, from the cost of emergency room use to the cost to women (e.g., half of elderly poor women were not poor before their husband’s death).

The Commission applauds the progress of the many federal offices of women’s health, and suggests parallel offices for boys and men’s health. Their mission might range from boys’ physical health (e.g., testicular cancer; safer football) to male emotional health (e.g., military men’s transition home).

Work

One of every five men 25 to 54 is not working. Half of African-American young men ages 20- 24 are jobless. The areas of future job growth (e.g., health; education) are areas our daughters are preparing for; the areas for which uneducated boys have typically found jobs (e.g., manufacturing; agriculture; construction) are in decline. And the mostly-male jobs requiring more education are being outsourced overseas.

A White House Council on Boys and Men would examine the potential for restoring vocation to education, and for developing our sons’ (and daughters’) skills to match employers’ future needs. It can expand the concept of a “man’s work;” and study other countries’ successes. And when men do work, it can recommend ways to increase safety (92% of workplace deaths are men).

In Conclusion

The Commission concludes that our sons face a profound crisis in education, work, and their physical and emotional health. Respected publications such as The Atlantic have seen the symptoms and predict “The End of Men.” If the symptoms are ignored, and our sons see the “end of men” as their future, they will have little inspiration for life’s journey.

Solutions may need to go beyond more fathers, mentors and male teachers. They may require a fundamental reconsideration of what it means to be a man. In the past, we taught our sons to consider themselves “real men” if they did what was healthy for society’s survival—whether to risk death in war, or to build a railroad. Calling our sons heroes if they risked being disposable was often healthy for the society, but it is unhealthy for our sons.

The Council can provide leadership to sustain the respect for firefighters and soldiers that allows us to recruit protectors for our homes and country, even as we also encourage alternative paths to becoming a valued man. Leadership for the future must both question and honor traditional masculinity.

As our history of male-as-sole-breadwinner fades as downsizing and outsourcing burgeon, both sexes will need to be prepared to raise money and raise children. Our daughters have learned to do both; our sons have not.

A White House Council on Boys and Men can co-ordinate the nation’s best efforts to parent, mentor, and teach each of our sons to discover who he is. It can end the era of boys and men as a national afterthought. It can provide leadership to raise young men that our daughters are proud to love.


Introduction

Component 1: The Education of our Sons

Component 2: The Emotional Health of our Sons

Component 3: What’s Missing When Dad’s Missing?

Component 4: The Crisis of Boys and Men’s Physical Health

Component 5: The Future of Work, and of Boys and Men at Work

In Conclusion: A Fundamental Reconsideration of the Journey from Boyhood to Manhood

Endnotes


“Our Vision is the Evolution of Masculine Consciousness from Human Doing to Human Being” – Warren Farrell, Vice President/Gender, CIW

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Dr. Warren Farrell & The Center for Integral Wisdom

Dr. Warren Farrell, the Vice President of CIW for Gender Issues, is the author of books published in 17 languages, including international best-sellers The Myth of Male Power and Why Men Are the Way they Are. Farrell, Ken Wilber and Marc Gafni have done numerous interviews together.  Farrell, Gafni and John Gray are co-authoring Beyond Mars and Venus. Dr. Farrell’s popular and profound talk Why Love is Such a Mess, delivered at the Integral Spiritual Experience 2, shows how the real transition to gender liberation is the transition from Stage I survival to Stage II discovery of fulfillment—fulfillment that neither sex had in the past.

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The Back Story

When Dr. Warren Farrell received a call from the White House in 2009 to be an adviser to the White House Council on Women and Girls given his background on the Board of the National Organization for Women in NYC, he quickly consented. But he added there was also a need for a White House Council on Boys and Men.

The Commission

Dr. Farrell then organized a multi-partisan coalition of about three dozen of the nation’s leading authors, therapists and practitioners of boys and men’s issues.

The commission is working to bring a group of boys, girls, men and women to Iowa and New Hampshire. The hope is to personally tell the legislators about the hardships that are being faced. We need your help to make this happen.

Click here for their bios and pictures>>>

The Proposal

The coalition worked for 18 months to identify five areas where boys and men are in crisis:

They identified causes and solutions.

A one-pager, executive summary and the full proposal are here.

Why Do We Need a White House Council for Boys and Men?

>> Read Warren Farrell’s newest book The Boy Crisis: What’s Happening to Our Boys and What We Can Do About It <<

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