Proposal for a White House Council on Boys to Men

March 3rd, 2011 by Pelle Billing

Important update: I’ve received new information about the proposal from Dr Farrell, that clarifies how the proposal came about, and the status of the documents progress.

The request of President Obama to create a White House Council on Boys to Men was originally inspired in 2009 by a discussion between Dr. Warren Farrell and White House Boards and Commissions Director Joanna Martin. Shortly after, Dr. Farrell created a multi-partisan Commission of 30 prominent authors, educators, researchers and practitioners to accomplish three goals: investigate the status of boys and their journey into manhood; identify both surface and underlying problems confronting boys and men; create a blueprint toward solutions. This proposal is the result.

As to the status of the document’s progress, the proposal is in the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, William Daley, who will be making a decision to either move forward with it, delay it, or reject it–or make no decision–in the next few weeks.

The Commission in its entirety drafted the proposal, not only dr. Farrell.

Here’s the original blog post, which is no longer accurate:

The White House is finally gearing up to create the equivalent of the White House Council on Women and Girls. Dr. Warren Farrell, with the assistance of 28 prominent authors, educators, researchers and practitioners, has drafted the Proposal for a White House Council on Boys to Men.

Hopefully this can be an important building block for putting men’s issues on the political agenda in the US, and around the world.

I met dr Farrell last summer, and I believe he is just the right person for this kind of work, so it’s great to see that President Obama trusted him with the task of drafting this very important document.

20 Responses to “Proposal for a White House Council on Boys to Men”

  1. Matthew Matics Says:

    To me, this sounds like a pretty big thing.

  2. Andrew Says:

    It seems big to me too. Good for the White House, for a change. Warren Farrell does a great job in bringing gender perspective. And Pelle too! Good for keeping up like this.

  3. hopeless_case Says:

    I would have expected President Obama to be hostile to a program like this. This is great news, and Dr. Farrell is just the person I would want as the head of it.

    Thank you Mr. President. Although all I expected when I voted for you was that you would derail the charge to go to war with Iran, which you did brilliantly (especially in the wake of the 2009 uprising in Iran), I did not dare hope that you would do much to derail the main thrust of American foreign policy, let alone change much on the domestic front.

    You continue to suprise me with your bold acts of insight and courage, and just when I least expect it.

    I would have thought that you would face harsh criticism for such a move. I can’t wait to see the reactions to this move from various feminist quarters and from the social conservatives.

  4. Eagle33 Says:

    This is indeed a great moment in history.

    Warms my heart to a moist sheen to hear that such a proposal has been offered without Warren Farrell having to pull teeth to get it.

    Yeah, it’ll be amusing to hear the blowback from the segment of feminism that thinks women should be the first in line for supports and no one else.

  5. MaleMatters Says:

    Fantastic news. If anyone could write the proposal, it is Warren.

    I agree with Eagle 33: the blowback will be severe. The feminists who have Obama’s ear — Valerie Jarrett, for exp. — will be badgering him daily from dawn to dusk, insisting a council for males is not only unnecessary but would set women back for hundreds — no, make that thousands — of years. “I cannot promise that you will get the female vote in ’12, Mr. President.”

    But what Jarrett may not know is that a huge number of black men have taken umbrage against Obama’s feminist policies that neglect men.

    Obama may earn his pay in the coming months.

  6. adadwhomisseshiskids Says:

    This is great news. Society has eroded the importance of fatherhood down to the equivalence of an atm machine. This will help protect fathers’ relationships with their children in the long run. Thank you Mr. President for recognizing that men deserve equality too.

  7. Eagle33 Says:

    MaleMatters: ‘”I agree with Eagle 33: the blowback will be severe. The feminists who have Obama’s ear — Valerie Jarrett, for exp. — will be badgering him daily from dawn to dusk, insisting a council for males is not only unnecessary but would set women back for hundreds — no, make that thousands — of years. “I cannot promise that you will get the female vote in ‘12, Mr. President.”’

    This is the only thing that worries me. Obama is notorious for compromising too much with the other side, watering down policies to appease them the louder they protest no matter how unwarranted the protests get.

    If the blowback is severe, I fear that he will give this proposal the same treatment given to other things like “Health Care”:

    The investigation into the lives of boys and men will likely be initiated by a feminist biased professor or someone beholden to women’s interest groups. In short, everything will be examined from a “Feminist” perspective.

    I’m hoping Obama doesn’t cave in to the blowback. But I’m not holding my breath either.

  8. Troll King Says:

    So, what is this going to be about? Telling men to man up again like he did on fathers day? Blaming men for womens choices and kicking them out of their childrens lives? This will be interesting to say the least but I bet it turns out to be a feminist ploy at trying to co op and appropriate the growing mens movement. Gen y, my generation, have heard all the shaming language and most of us didn’t see our fathers. If they want to tell me how to live based on their feminist standard then they can go to hell. I won’t be put in my place for the benefit of women.

  9. Pelle Billing Says:

    Please see my important update above.

  10. Internationella kvinnodagen Says:

    [...] Även i USA finns det tankar på en manspanel, men inget är spikat ännu. [...]

  11. Ben Says:

    Once the Council is formed, they could look into this. I was just looking at an interesting jobs posting on USAjobs and came across this pre-condition that applies to men only:

    “All male citizens of the United States born after December 31, 1959, must be registered for the Selective Service to be eligible for Federal employment. For more information about registering with the Selective Service visit: http://www.sss.gov/.”

    One of those things that’s not very equal either.

  12. USA I don't trust it. Says:

    [...] don’t trust it. Article here. Excerpt: ‘The White House is finally gearing up to create the equivalent of the White House [...]

  13. hopeless_case Says:

    I predict that William Daley will be contacted by a combination of influential feminist, and conservative traditionalist, groups who will ask him to quietly make it go away.

    A quick scan of the list of contributers would give any representative of either of those two groups a heart attack.

    I have a hard time believing that Obama would act on a proposal like this one, particularly when you consider the fanfare over his signing of the “Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act”.

    Take a look at the facial expressions in the picture of its signing toward the top of this article:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/30/us/politics/30ledbetter-web.html?_r=1

  14. Kendal Says:

    I’ve always been with Obama on some of the things that have occurred over his term (others I’ve pretty much missed out on, or have very little information on it to make a judgement)

    But out of caution, I seriously hope Obama isn’t going to strike this down. I’m not sure that he will if he actually took the time to meet with Dr. Farrell, and while that is surprising and grateful, it seems that all it would take is a small bit of opposition from those who do not think those with the Y chromosome should have this.

    Best of hopes in the future, huh?

  15. Steven DeLuca Says:

    Imagine if Warren Farrell went to Obama and asked if we could have some men discuss work issues with him… Equal Pay for Equal Work.

    We would have the women of the National Organization FOR women – women who have been lying to us about why women earn less (because they don’t work as hard or as long or suffer as much from the work place is a reason they would never admit to) suggesting that they know why women should be paid more for equal work.

    I have had more jobs than most men or women. Both types of jobs. Male and female. Indoors, social work, pen and paper, care taking, seniors, teens and babies… not as much money but safe, pats on the back and so on. I have also worked men’s jobs that caused health problems and a 100% disability in military service.

    My suggestion is that unless you have worked a few men’s jobs and women’s jobs you can’t really be on an advisory panel to determine what those jobs are worth. Women are unwilling to take the risks, or work the hours or deal with the boredom of many men’s jobs or they would be pushing to have the jobs and the pay, not separate but equal, not equal pay for similar work as defined by feminists like Pelosi who doesn’t even know how to hold a shovel (See the DAV Disabled American Veteran’s magazine, last issue where she is holding a shovel with others, pretending she cares about disabled vets) … Obama’s head is filled with feminist nonsense. He wants women’s votes. If he tells Michelle that he is considering actually discussing gender issues with MEN who are informed, rather than the MSinformed women he listens too… she would make him do what she wants. As he ended one of his books, speaking of his wife, “She is right, as usual” or something similar.

    She will tell him that men “just don’t get it” unlike you dear.

    SD

  16. Hawk Says:

    Obama is anti-male. This is just more political smoke and mirrors. Such a conference will be along Obama’s PC policy of supporting feminism at the expense of men and boys.

    Obama’s record is loud and clear. He has bashed men right along the lines of what feminists want in ways to control and modify males. Obama’s policies cater to women and leave men to suffer. Male bias exists in schools, courts, hiring and firing, health care, etc.

  17. Danny Says:

    Oh I hope this gets real traction because I’d pay money to see how feminists will simutaneously attack this proposal while reassuring us that feminsits themselves are the ones trying to help men.

  18. Pelle Billing Says:

    Steven,

    Your personal experience is priceless. Most people simply have not tried typically male and female jobs.

    Changing “equal pay for equal work” to “equal pay to similar work” is a very dangerous move, and the beginning of active discrimination of men.

  19. Danny Says:

    Ben:
    “All male citizens of the United States born after December 31, 1959, must be registered for the Selective Service to be eligible for Federal employment. For more information about registering with the Selective Service visit: http://www.sss.gov/.”
    Not just federal employment either. When I was applying for colleges (10-11 years ago) I distinctly recall a line at the top of the very application I filled out that said something to the effect of: “Are you a male over the age of 18? If so have you registered with Selective Services? Failure to do will result in automatic disqualification of application and punishable with up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $2500.”

    I have a problem with having to agree to register for Selective Services just to get a shot at a higher education.

  20. Pelle Billing Says:

    I hear you Danny, and you Ben.


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