"Emotional neglect lays the groundwork for the emotional numbing that helps boys feel better about being cut off. Eruptions of rage in boys are most often deemed normal, explained by the age-old justification of adolescent patriarchal misbehavior, “boys will be boys”. Patriarchy both creates the rage in boys and then contains it for later use, making it a resource to exploit later on as boys become men. As a national product, this rage can be garnered to further imperialism, hatred and oppression of women and men globally. This rage is needed if boys are to become men wiling to travel around the world to fight wars without ever demanding that other ways of solving conflict can be found.
— bell hooks
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