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We Can't Just Let Boys Be Boys; by Peggy Orenstein

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'It is natural for parents to think their own sons would be incapable of sexual misconduct, but that does not absolve them of responsibility for educating their boys. According to a survey of more than 3,000 18- to 25-year-olds published bythe Harvard GradSchool of Education, more than 60 %of respondents had never had a single conversation with their parents about how to be sure that your partner wants to be having sex with you. A similar share had never been told about “the importance of not pressuring someone to have sex with you.”Parents  talk to their daughters about sexual readiness and disease protection, but that leaves boys to learn appropriate behavior from one another as well as the digital street corner. In locker rooms, fraternity houses and other all-male spaces, they hear that sex is about conquest, about asserting masculinity through domination of girls’ bodies.'

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