Raising Boys Without Men

How Maverick Moms are Creating the Next Generation of Exceptional Men

By Dr. Peggy Drexler; Linden Gross
(Rodale Books, Paperback, 9781594865381, 240pp.)

Publication Date: October 3, 2006

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Backed by peer-reviewed research, this hotly debated bestseller (San Francisco Chronicle) 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.

About the Author

PEGGY F. DREXLER, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychology in psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, a former gender scholar at Stanford University, and a former board member of New York University's Child Study Center. She lives in New York City. LINDEN GROSS, former special features editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine and associate editor of Ladies Home Journal, is an accomplished ghostwriter with several notable books to her credit. She lives in Northern California.

Praise For Raising Boys Without Men

"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 ideological opposition to nontraditional families. Everyone who wants to see the best interest  of children served must read and act on this book's wisdom and research. "  --Alan Dershowitz, Author and Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard University   

"Once a decade, it seems, there is a book that suddenly makes it all clear that what we have been led to  believe about ourselves, gender roles and expectations is nothing more than hooey. This is such a book. A  well-researched and clearly written testament that people are people and   families are not nuclear but functional."  --Rita Henley Jensen, founder and editor in chief, Women's eNews   
"I've always been in the idea business. So it's exciting when I see something blow away  convention. This book creates controversy. And that's good.   Controversy means people are thinking instead of assuming."           --Donny Deutsch, Chairman and CEO of Deutsch, Inc, Host of CNBC's hit show   "The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch", author of "Often Wrong, Never In Doubt"   

"Raising Boys without Men changes the terms of our fractious national conversation about how we can  raise boys to become good men. Peggy Drexler's thoughtful, engaging book demonstrates that fine  parenting comes in various shapes, sizes, and genders."  --Judith Stacey, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Social and  Cultural Analysis, Professor of Sociology, New York University   

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