The boy child is an endangered species
17 June 2016, 10:38
While a lot of effort has gone to empowering the girl child and ensuring that she gets quality education and fair chance at succeeding in life, the boy child has been left behind to fend for himself. This has not been without dire consequences to the society.
Below as some damning reports on the state of boys and men in our society:
The boy child and education. The World Bank report of 2010 shows that the issue of the boy child has not been adequately addressed. The boy child is at risk of dropping out of school than the girl child. In 2010, 620,000 boys in Kenya dropped out of school compared to 580,000 girls. Also, 57% of girls go for higher education as opposed to 54% of the boys and also their performance is lower than the girls. Ironically, girls join university with lower grades than boys.
The boy child and crime. The boy child's welfare has been neglected and many of them are rotting on the streets without basic needs like food, shelter and decent clothing. This has made many to join elicit gangs like Sungu sungu, Kamjesh, Mungiki, MRC, Chinkororo, Siafu, Taliban, Agola Msubiji among others. They have caused terror and untold misery to homes in various parts of the country. The boys are also into alcohol and substance abuse and have easily been misused by politicians to cause unrest like in the 2007/8 post general election mayhem. This is misdirected energy due to wrong and misguided policies that emanated from the west.
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Boy child and ramifications of affirmative action. Most affirmative actions are premised of gender politics and propaganda of females as victims of male aggression, dominance and avarice. To address the perceived injustices, they morph into gynocentrism and misandry. This means that they only focus the national resources to the immediate well-being of women but neglect needs of men. Example is the the amount of money allocated to breast cancer research compared to prostrate cancer.
This egalitarian policies are pernicious to the well being of society because they assume wrongly that women are the victims and males the villains so the women deserve all the protection and resources. Example is the disproportionate budget allocation for women enterprises, education and even health care compared to the male issues.
Men who raise these issues are considered whiners and no masculine and so easily hushed by statements like, you are bitter or not man enough. The world is fast turning to an information economy and when many men are unable to get higher education, they are equally shut out of prestigious careers like law and medicine.
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Most of the middle-level management staff in many industries is dominated by women. This is true even of the UN bodies and the banking sector. This poses a social problem. Women are hypergamous (marry men higher than themselves) and when these men are few and far between, the women resort to sharing the few men (baby daddy and sponsors) or are condemned to a life of solitude.
When men cannot marry and raise families because of poverty or a poor character, they resort to a dangerous and desultory existence. They end up in a life of drugs, sexual escapades and crime. They sire children outside wedlock and the little ones perfect where their fathers left. The vicious cycle continues for the next generation.
When we focus on the man, we solve the woman's problem but when we focus on the women we neglect the man and consequently the woman, for the man is the head of the woman.
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