Give birth to a child, and all those outmoded gender clichés suddenly spring back to life with a vengeance: sugar and spice, snails and puppy dog tails. I've been surprised to discover that, even in my enlightened New York City neighborhood, little boys still play pirates, pretend to shoot at each other, and fantasize (like our president) about conquering outer space. Although we've overhauled our ideas about girldom, it's tempting to see boyhood as a kind of eternal state, outside history. "Boys will be boys," as the... More >>>