No More Girly Boys: Chinese Elementary School Teaches its Boys to be More Masculine

Has China’s one-child policy made parents too overprotective — to the point that their boys are spoiled and causing them to be “sissies?” This is one of the reasons why Qinlinglu Elementary School in Zhengzhou, Henan province, has started a new initiative called ‘Looking for a Real Man’ encourages boys to act more like… well.. boys.

As part of this the youngsters are taught how to act more masculine and must take an oath swearing to act like ‘real men’, reports the Dahe Daily.

Wang Jianhua, who has been teaching at the school for 14 years, says he has noticed that boys have become “more and more girly.”

In contrast, he says the girls at the school are becoming wilder and wilder. [full story]

I want to know what these lessons involve: Fighting? General mischief and misbehavior? Medical exams to be sure they are have the correct proportions of frogs and snails and puppy-dogs’ tails?

I think they’re wasting their time on this initiative. Everyone knows the way to “man up” is to listen and learn carefully* from the songs of Disney’s Mulan:

Be a man
We must be swift as the coursing river
Be a man
With all the force of a great typhoon
Be a man
With all the strength of a raging fire
Mysterious as the dark side of the moon
(From I’ll Make a Man Out of You)

* Extra man points if you also sing and do your own choreography.

(h/t: ProfessorEric)

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