Bullying and the boy who doesn’t like sports

Recommended by Katie Harmer

Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Aug. 30 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

Our take: With students entering a new school year, some are dreading a new year of bullying. In the Washington Post's "On Parenting" blog, Janice D'Arcy interviews family psychologist and mother of twin boys Janet Sasson Edgette on her new book about bullying. Edgette particularly explores the alienation of young boys who do not like sports.

We are poised (at) the start of another school year, and with it comes an increased focus on bullying.

From the White House to Hollywood to a schoolbus in Florida and another one in upstate New York, attention to the issue has only ratcheted up in recent months.

A new book coming out next week looks at the phenomenon specifically from a boys perspective, examining bullying as part of a larger cultural problem that disproportionally rewards physical prowess and sports proficiency, leaving boys who arent drawn to athletics vulnerable.

The Last Boys Picked: Helping Boys Who Dont Play Sports Survive Bullies and Boyhood, (Berkeley Books) was written by Janet Sasson Edgette, family psychologist and mother of twin boys, and Beth Margolis Rupp, an educator.

Edgette and I talked about her inspiration for the book, why we all seemed to have just woken up to bullying as a problem and why the boys will be boys mentality is dangerous.

Read more about Edgette and the impacts of bullying on The Washington Post.

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