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Boys – The Manual June 5, 2007

Posted by kevlarchick in Philosophy, Women Ranting.

There’s a new book out called The Dangerous Book for Boys.  I am not making this up.  It teaches boys how to do such things as make a paper airplane,  deploy the perfect spitball,  skip class effortlessly, tease little girls, carry lizards in their pockets, run into traffic, eat every crumb of food in the neighborhood, not bathe, and the like. 

It contains innovative ideas, plans, and step by step instructions on how to be a…boy. 

Fellers, that’s pathetic.  My heart aches for little boys today.   They are not allowed to BE. 

The pussification continues??   Aside from here at IB, where are the MEN?!


1. Dave in Texas - June 5, 2007

Written by two brothers in the UK. They are much further down the road, sadly.

I lamented some of this yesterday – boys that know nothing about cars.

I hope this is one of those things that shines a light on reality – I suspect boys know how to be boys just fine. They still play rough sports, still drive like maniacs, still put buckets on their heads and run into the walls.

Hell, I still do that bucket thing.

2. Russ from Winterset - June 5, 2007

You know what’s really funny? Hide behind Dave’s couch & wait ’til he puts the bucket on his head for a run at the wall, then jump out with a big wooden spoon & bash the hell out of the bucket repeatedly. Quickly hide back behind the couch before the stars & little birdies disappear & stifle your giggles while Dave looks around for whoever did the deed.

It’s straight out of Foghorn Leghorn cartoons, and it never gets old. Tell Moses I sent you, and he’ll sneak you in the backdoor before breakfast so you can get your hiding spot picked out.

3. kevlarchick - June 5, 2007

Russ you must’ve written a few chapters in that book.

4. Dave in Texas - June 5, 2007


5. Tushar D - June 5, 2007

Instapundit likes the book. Atleast there is something out there that is not shaming boys into becomes girls.

6. geoff - June 5, 2007

Hell, I still do that bucket thing.

The handle goes in back, big guy.

7. geoff - June 5, 2007

…then jump out with a big wooden spoon & bash the hell out of the bucket repeatedly.

You have to yell “Air Raid, Air Raid!!” while you do it. I don’t know why, but you have to. Maybe it gives it historical significance.

8. lauraw - June 5, 2007

Why do you have to wait for him to put a bucket on his head?

9. Tushar D - June 5, 2007

>>Why do you have to wait for him to put a bucket on his head?

Don’t want to break the wooden spoon?

10. daveintexas - June 5, 2007

*Dave runs around with a bucket on his head*


11. BrewFan - June 5, 2007

Is there a chapter on paraffin treatment?

12. lauraw - June 5, 2007


13. kevlarchick - June 5, 2007

Erm, speaking of boys, Enas Yorl is thinking of buying a gun.


14. Dave in Texas - June 5, 2007

Oh I really hate yew now Brewfan.

15. lauraw - June 5, 2007

yow! a bolt of lightning just hit the hill near me. It sounded like it was right next to the building. LOUD crack.

Me and the dog just jumped out of our skins and ran to the back of the store in unison.

16. lauraw - June 5, 2007

It’s nice to know when the shit hits the fan, that the both of us are outright cowards.

17. Dave in Texas - June 5, 2007

Hard to be cool when something loud goes off. Last time I was outside when one hit close, the hair on my arms and neck started standing up, so I knew it was coming, and I still jumped outta my shoes.

18. geoff - June 5, 2007

Me and the dog just jumped out of our skins and ran to the back of the store in unison.

Well, of course! You had to check on your DSL modem, right?

19. Sneering Customer - June 5, 2007

Yo, chickenshit store owner, can you come back and wait on me now?

20. BrewFan - June 5, 2007

Oh I really hate yew now Brewfan.

*Looks in manual*

*points at lauraw*
She told me to say that!

21. Some Nappy Headed Ho - June 5, 2007

You boys are not nice.

22. Some guy from Texas - June 5, 2007

*hawks up a loogie*

23. the Boys from Brazil - June 5, 2007

Anything in that book about bagging babes?

24. eddiebear - June 6, 2007

Dammit. Please retrieve my comment from the spam bucket

25. eddiebear - June 6, 2007

^Or blaming your boyfriend for sock puppetry?
Also, KC, I saw this. This is schtooopid

26. eddiebear - June 6, 2007

Thanks. I meant my #25 to be a retort to #23.

27. carin - June 7, 2007

Drat, late to this, but I’ve seen the book and it looks really cool. I want it.

I don’t think of it as so much a sign of the further “pussification” of boys, but more a return to embrace boyness.

28. Dave in Texas - June 7, 2007

Well yeah, obviously the book is intended to reverse a trend, according to the authors themselves.

What’s lamentable is that a book like this is so unusual, instead of so normal. When I was a kid everything written for boys was full of this sort of thing, military greatness, fighting, adventure, making your way out in the wild. Pirates and dead bodies, buried treasure. Racing. The Boy Scout manual was more exciting than the standard fare today. We had stories about everything but sex.

So like, it wasn’t all terrific.

29. Mr Minority - June 8, 2007

I am proud to say I didn’t raise my boys to be pussies. I personally taught them to spit, piss on tree (outside of course), build fires, shoot rifles and handguns, camp, blow up ant mounds with fire-crackers, catch lizards & snakes and rope swing into the water. You know all the boys things that I did as a kid. I believe that it is the responsibility of a Father to teach his young son on how to properly hawk up a loogy and spit it as far as you can or onto a wall/fence to see it ooze down.

Boys need to be boys so they don’t grow up to be metrosexuals like John Kerry or the Silky Pony Edwards.

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