But Nevertheless She Persisted United Nations Conference on the Status of Women 63

Written by Brittany Beisner

The UN Conference on the Status of Women began in 1946 and since then it has been an integral international platform for governments to discuss women’s empowerment. Every year, for 2 weeks all the Member States of the United Nations discuss international standards on gender equality in New York City. Member State representatives negotiate an outcome document that gives guidance to UN agencies and recommendations to all states on how to move women’s rights forward. The conference this year was March 11-22nd 2019. You can find more information at http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw63-2019

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Barack Obama Talks The Damaging Effects Of Toxic Masculinity

"If you’re confident about your strength, you don’t need to show me by putting somebody else down.”

Former President Barack Obama and Golden State Warrior Steph Curry spoke about the importance of creating vulnerable spaces for young boys and men, specifically of color, at the annual My Brother's Keeper summit in Oakland.

“The notion that somehow defining yourself as a man is dependent on, are you able to put somebody else down… able to dominate… that is an old view,” Obama said.

The initiative, which was launched in 2014, is aimed at closing the opportunity gap for boys of color by connecting them with mentors in their desired fields.

Obama, who introduced himself as "Michelle's Husband" and referred to Curry as "Ayesha's Husband," was surrounded on stage by several young men who traveled from Yonkers, New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville.

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Groundbreaking study examines effects of screen time on kids

If you have kids and wonder if all that time they spend on their smartphones endlessly scrolling, snapping and texting is affecting their brains, you might want to put down your own phone and pay attention. The federal government, through the National Institutes of Health, has launched the most ambitious study of adolescent brain development ever attempted. In part, scientists are trying to understand what no one currently does: how all that screen time impacts the physical structure of your kids' brains, as well as their emotional development and mental health.

At 21 sites across the country scientists have begun interviewing nine and ten-year-olds and scanning their brains. They'll follow more than 11,000 kids for a decade, and spend $300 million doing it. Dr. Gaya Dowling of the National Institutes of Health gave us a glimpse of what they've learned so far.

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Thank You and Moving Forward

Written by Jack Sabraw

A flash to the past: Boys Only!

Whether you are new to our site or a veteran, welcome to the blog section of Boys Only! While we begin to rapidly expand, spreading our message of empathy, equality and empowerment throughout San Diego County, we would like firstly to start by thanking each and every one of you who is here or has partaken in the process of this program’s formation, development and extremely successful implementation!

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'Traditional masculinity' officially labeled 'harmful' by the American Psychological Association

The American Psychological Association has issued its first official warning against toxic masculinity.

The new “Guidelines for the Psychological Practice with Boys and Men,” marks the first-ever report published by the association aimed at helping practitioners care for their male patients “despite social forces that can harm mental health.”

Citing more than 40 years of research, the APA warns against the “masculinity ideology,” which it defines as “a particular constellation of standards that have held sway over large segments of the population, including: anti-femininity, achievement, eschewal of the appearance of weakness, and adventure risk and violence.”

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THE BEST MEN CAN BE- Gillette Campaign

Thirty years ago, we launched our The Best A Man Can Get tagline.

Since then, it has been an aspirational statement, reflecting standards that many men strive to achieve.

But turn on the news today and it’s easy to believe that men are not at their best. Many find themselves at a crossroads, caught between the past and a new era of masculinity. While it is clear that changes are needed, where and how we can start to effect that change is less obvious for many. And when the changes needed seem so monumental, it can feel daunting to begin. So, let’s do it together.

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Tech Attack

Written by Brittany Beisner

Human trafficking has become almost a buzzword these days it seems. Recently this subject has been gaining attention in the news. Research studies have shed light on the extent of the problem, especially among our youth. Human trafficking is defined in the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act as the “recruitment of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for an improper purpose including forced labor or sexual exploitation.” But what do we really know about the problem and how can we get at the root causes to create sustainable change? Perhaps in order to combat the demand side of this issue we need to turn our attention to the controversial topics of pornography and technology addiction. The demand side is defined as the number of people wanting to buy a human being. Pornography has been connected or associated with gender-based violence and sexual exploitation. But, pornography currently floods the social media of youth and has never been so accessible as it is now with the growth of smartphones. Technology addiction has now been linked to negative mental health and poor brain development of youth. Pornography and technology addiction together, are creating the most vulnerable population to date to dangers such as human trafficking.

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