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When boys can’t ‘be boys,’ what can they be instead?

A little lightbulb goes on as I listen to Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard on the Armchair Expert podcast (episode: ‘Kristen Bell Returns,’ Aug 9, 2021):

We are not giving boys enough credit.

Theirs is an extremely well-tread conversation reacting to HBO’s recent documentary Woodstock 99; specifically, alarming footage of teen and twentysomething…