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Raising Boys without Men: How Maverick Moms are Creating the Next Generation of Exceptional Men [Kindle Edition]

Peggy Drexler , Linden Gross

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"Truly a cutting-edge book . . . important for everyone who cares about the future of the American family." --Carol Gilligan, author of The Birth of Pleasure "This important work will serve as a beacon to the country's nearly 10 million single mothers."--Publishers Weekly "As I read this book, I could almost hear the sound of the flying monkeys swooping in from out on the right. Books like this are attacked for the truths they tell. And there is no greater truth you can tell to the nation's single mothers than 'Relax. If you love him, support him, listen to him--your boy will turn out just fine.'" --Bette Midler "This is a wonderful book--a very necessary book. We live in an age of labels: you're normal, you're not. For the so-called non-traditional families that want only to make their way in the world, labels can do incredible damage. Boys Without Men makes a convincing and empathetic case that very good things come from outside the bounds of our worn-out assumptions." --Henry Louis Gates W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University "This is the answer to those who believe they can attach limits to the idea of family. It's part guide, part affirmation, part eye-opening proof that family is far less about composition, than it is about the power of its love and support." --Jann Wenner, editor and publisher, Rolling Stone Magazine "Peggy Drexler is such a perfect guide to parenting in the 21st century, of what makes the most basic institution of society click, I wondered: How did she get so smart about life? Decades of research, of course, but also an uncanny knack for seeing inside the human heart. Pull up a chair and read this book. You'll be a better parent for it." --Margaret Carlson, first woman columnist, Time Magazine, political columnist, Bloomberg News, and Washington editor of The Week magazine. "This highly readable, well researched, groundbreaking, myth shattering book should lay to rest all unfounded id


Backed by peer-reviewed research, this hotly debated bestseller continues to open eyes with its finding that raising thriving, emotionally healthy sons does not require a man in the house.

As the number of single-mom and two-mom households has grown, so have concerns about the possible damage caused by the lack of a stable male role model in the house. Determined to find the truth, research psychologist Peggy Drexler embarked on a long-term study comparing boys raised in nontraditional families with those whose fathers were present throughout their childhood. The results were startling. Female-headed households can provide even better parenting for boys than households with men. Sons from female-headed families can grow up emotionally stronger and more well-rounded than boys from "traditional" mother-father families—more in touch with their feelings yet masculine in all the ways defined by our culture.

Nominated for a Books for a Better Life Award in Parenting, Raising Boys Without Men has been featured on numerous television shows and in print, from Good Morning America to Good Housekeeping.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 240 Seiten
  • Verlag: Rodale (3. Oktober 2006)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
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3.0 von 5 Sternen could we have a balanced review? 15. Februar 2007
Von Twin Mom - Veröffentlicht auf
I'm more stunned by the reviews than by the book. I think the book has interesting information and a valid perspective that isn't heard often.

But to understand that, one needs to actually read the book and also to understand sociological methods of study - studying human experience is not like studying cause and effect in a lab. One also needs to hear and grasp the difference between studies on boys with fathers who have abandoned them - the studies most often cited and associated with stats about the negative effects of not having a father - and this study which is on boys who do not have a father in the picture and never have. In this way, this is new research.

The book doesn't, to me, say that men are not necessary to boys - in fact the author spends a great deal of the book talking about how boys who do not have fathers get access to (and are encouraged by their "maverick moms" to get access to) men and male role models. She finds this to be of benefit for the boys.

She does also say that, based on this research, she sees boys being raised in this specific circumstance (boys without fathers who have abandoned them and who are being raised by a mom or moms) doing very well and developing in a very balanced and healthy manner.

My issue with the book is two-fold. I'd like to see more research and a follow-up with the subjects of her research - I think that would lend itself to a stronger work.

I also just found the writing to be generally unorganized and a bit repetitive. This was very distracting to me as I read.

So interesting information - would like more research and more data - writing itself only so-so.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen The facts don't lie 24. August 2005
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Drexler claims point blank that boys do not need fathers. This is a significant claim to make, and, if true, would have enormous consequences for the way we think about family. Therefore, it is imperative to investigate what her research actually says, and more importantly, what it does not and cannot say. Accordingly, there are two things wrong with Drexler's book - the methodology and the argument itself.

First, the methodology. These are the three most glaring errors in her methodology:

1) The control group for her study is made up of one person - herself (page 28). She sets herself up as a "one woman control group" to make comparisons to her group of 90 fatherless families. Anyone with even a cursory understanding of research methodology knows that this is completely unacceptable, and that the control group has to be as similar in size and attributes as possible to the group that is being investigated.

2) She uses a small, unrepresentative sample - 30 lesbian moms, 30 single moms by choice, and 30 single moms by circumstance - (page 27) to make inferences about the population as a whole. Again, a cursory understanding of statistical and research methods shows that unless you have a sufficiently large, random sample, you simply cannot make inferences about the whole population. But Drexler uses her research to claim that ALL boys do not need fathers. For more of her bias and elitist sample, see pages 24 and 25.

3) She does not measure outcomes using a well-tested instrument with which to determine how the children are doing across measures of child development and well-being. Instead, she relies on interviews with young children (primarily from the lesbian moms) to make the broad determination that these boys are "better off" without a father. The self-reporting of children is notoriously unreliable for the purposes of academic research.

Second, the argument itself. Three principle flaws in her argument:

1) Over the past 25 years, an enormous amount of social science research has shown that across measures of economic, educational, health, emotional, psychological, and behavioral well-being, children with involved fathers fare better, on average, than children without involved fathers. These two and a half decades of research cannot be overturned by one flawed, small-scale study that does not even measure outcomes over a long period of time.

2) If Drexler's research was reliable, the implication would be that when men get women pregnant, their children are actually better off if the father leaves. But Drexler also claims that male involvement is important for boys, and that boys will seek out this male involvement on their own. This means that fathers should not take responsibility for their own children, but should make sure that they make themselves available for someone else's children, who were presumably left behind by their father. This is illogical.

3) Based on her biased sample, Drexler's research tells us nothing about the vast majority of fatherless homes. The vast majority of fatherless homes are produced by divorce and out-of-wedlock childbirth, where, by circumstances beyond the single mother's control, she is left to raise her child on her own. They are often living in poverty. But, again, the majority of Drexler's small sample was of well-off women raising children fatherless, by choice, which would produce an entirely different environment for the children than the vast majority of single mother households.

In conclusion, it is borderline fraudulent for Drexler to claim that her research is a reliable tool to infer that boys do not need fathers. Her research method and her argument are deeply flawed and need to be addressed in front of a national audience that has been exposed to her faulty publication. We need to send the message to boys that they need to be involved, responsible, and committed fathers and that girls need to value and uphold the importance of the future fathers of their children for the sake of their children's well being.

I would encourage all to read Father Facts by the National Fatherhood Initiative, Fatherless America by David Blankenhorn, and Fatherneed by Kyle Pruett for the TRUTH!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Wasn't exactly what I'd hoped. 30. November 2010
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I am a single, straight mother raising two young sons alone. I ordered this book because I fear the boys might be missing out without a father in the house. Although the book has some great summary tips about things mother's can do, it seems to focus mainly on lesbian couples raising boys. I didn't find most of that information helpful, as it does not apply to my situation. There was very little in the book targeted at single moms doing it alone. And on top of that,'s "suggestions" to me were two books about lesbians. Hahaha, I'm not really offended, and have an open mind, but I need a book JUST for single moms without a partner.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen not what boys need 8. März 2006
Von Ben W. - Veröffentlicht auf
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I`m a progressive and open-minded person,but this agenda-driven tripe had me wretching after the first 10 also upset me when the author described situations where these "father deprived" sons latched on to what few men they were allowed to have contact with,but were then pulled away by the male-hating mom to "protect" him from the "negative" male contact he was desperately seeking.Not only idiotic,but cruel in my view.No one with any compassion for boys could agree with the authors biased and agenda-driven conclusions.Curiously,the author contradicts herself by suggesting that sons need some male contact(grandfathers,uncles,etc.)just not dad.This book is nothing but "feel good" junk science,and its also part of a larger conspiracy to eliminate fathers and to eliminate any other male influence from our boys lives,both at home and in the public school system.If that sounds like paranoia,I can assure you that you wont have to look far to find evidence of anti-father bias,it is that rampant.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen After co-parenting with a great father - I see the need 13. September 2005
Von Maryanne - Veröffentlicht auf
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Drexler's book misses the point and seems more to me to be a message about extreme feminism then rational logic backed up by truthful research. After raising a boy along with a good Father, I can clearly see the importance of both parents and the mix of views, aspirations, drive, and sensebilities that they each have to offer. This book advocates more simply that we should raise men to be more like women and if we manage to accomplish this we are all clearly in big trouble.
I guess Drexler liked the sound bite approach to two parents in society:

Deadbeat Dads
Maverick Moms.
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