From Chapter 1
THE EXPERIENCE OF BOYSTHE ORIGINS OF IMPOSTURE
That the cultural standard for male development--the good boy, the good man--rests on the assumption of a spirit-crippling imposture seems at once an upsetting and extravagant claim. But it may be nonetheless true.
Boys are not born into imposture. It is not “natural.” There is no genetic predisposition. Nor, as might be imagined, are infant boys molded to this imposture by their earliest socialization. Little boys, when they acquire sufficient language and experience to become conceptually aware of their identity as males and of their...