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Boys to Men: China's Boot Camps

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On a chilly autumn morning, 18 young boys braved strong winds for a day of training at the foot of Fenghuang Mountain in western Beijing.Wearing headbands reading “Tough Guy” and chanting slogans such as “Who is the best? I am the best”, “Who are we? We are the man”, they were there to learn all about focus, cooperation and competition through lectures, games and American football.

It was the fifth day of an 18-day course held on weekends for boys aged seven to 11 that aims to rescue them from their day-to-day, all-female environment and prevent them from being “oversensitive, vulnerable, whiny, petty or irresponsible”.

Members of the Boys’ Club recite declarations of manhood at the beginning of lectures, which include subjects such as safeguarding their country, honour and dreams.https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2171040/inside-chinas-training-camps-where-boys-are-learning-how-be-men
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This is the result of toxic masculinity in our society. Society dictates how men should behave. How they should show strength by not showing any sign of vulnerability like crying or simply showing some emotions that naturally women show or do.
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Should this be necessary?
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Simply reinforcing gender stereotypes and forming an unequal society; wrong message to the boys and the girls.
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Isn't this sexist?
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A boot camp that raises physical strength, confidence, and team work in itself is not inherently bad.
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Teach them American football. That’s what turns boys to men.
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Teach them American football. That’s what turns boys to men.
Actually baseball is the greatest game. Mental toughness.
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There you go. The value of our National Service.
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There is a difference between “Outward Bounce” camps and “genderization (de-effeminate)” camps.
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