Meeting Archive:
Boyhood and the Media in Afterschool

Meeting Description:

Jock. Slacker. Gangster. Superhero. Goofball. Player. This presentation explores the narrow version of boyhood that is packaged and sold to boys by media and marketers  – and what parents, teachers, and others who work with boys can do about it.  From cartoons to videogames to movies, from toys to Halloween costumes to energy drinks, boys are fed a steady diet of stereotypes about what it means to be a man, including messages about violence, risk-taking, and sexual promiscuity.  This presentation offers an overview of this “cultural landscape” that boys confront everyday, and provides insight and information that can be used to help boys resist these negative messages and limiting stereotypes.


Date: Tue, May 31, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Deb Chase
 Presenter Information
Dr. Mark Tappan
Speaker Photo

 Mark Tappan is Professor of Education and Human Development and Chair of the Education Program at Colby College.  His research and teaching interests include boys’ development and education, positive youth development, and multicultural/social justice education.  He is co-author (with Lyn Mikel Brown and Sharon Lamb) of Packaging Boyhood: Saving our Sons from Superheroes, Slackers, and Other Media Stereotypes (St. Martins, 2009).  He is also the co-chair of the Greater Waterville Communities for Children and Youth Coalition and a founding member of the Maine Boys’ Network.