Declining State of Boys: Former National Organization for Women Board Member Speaks on “Boys Crisis”

TORONTO, ONTARIO — (Oct 30, 2012) – Dr. Warren Farrell, author of the award-winning international bestseller The Myth of Male Power, will present “Transforming the Boys Crisis” in Guelph (Nov 14) and Toronto (Nov 16). Farrell will comment on why boys are a quarter century behind girls, exhibiting declining post-secondary enrollment and much higher levels of suicide.

Dr. Warren Farrell is a regular TV personality, appearing on programs from Oprah to Larry King Live. He is among the Financial Times Top 100 thought leaders and chair of the Commission to Create a White House Council on Boys and Men.

“Since 1950 suicides have risen and fallen, but one constant has been male rates, including those of boys, holding steady at roughly three times that of females,“ said Bradley Corbett, Spokesperson for the Canadian Association for Equality, the educational non-profit hosting the tour. “Meanwhile, there are a third fewer men in undergraduate education than women, and boys drop out rates continue to soar.”

Acknowledging the problem, the Toronto District School Board has created a Boys’ Education Strategy and experimented with boy-focused schools.

These events will serve to launch the Canadian Association for Equality’s “Men’s Centre Campaign,” featuring a video PSA supporting the new $30,000 Men’s Centre slated to be built at Simon Fraser University, and encouraging the establishment of similar venues on other Canadian  campuses.

“All our programs serve to spread awareness of a variety of issues: men’s health concerns, anti-father bias in our family courts, marginalization of violence against men, workplace safety, and contempt for men spread by the media and the academy,” said Corbett.

GUELPH: Wednesday, Nov 14, 7:30 PM,
War Memorial Hall, 390 Gordon St.,University of Guelph

TORONTO: Friday, Nov 16, 2012, 7:00 PM,
J.J.R. MacLeod Auditorium, 1 King’s College, University of Toronto

For interviews with CAFE Spokespeople, or Dr. Warren Farrell, contact:
Amber Taylor
CAFE Communications Director