Brad- who cares?
Sorry, that was flippant. But:
"In the past, boys had many opportunities to learn from older men. They might have been paired with a tutor, apprenticed to a master or put to work in the family store. High schools offered boys a rich array of roles in which to exercise leadership skills—class officer, yearbook editor or a place on the debate team. These days, with the exception of sports, more girls than boys are involved in those activities."
So, because there are less fathers around (apparently- that statistic doesn't cite is these "fatherless" children get to see biological dad on the weekends) tutors have suddenly disappeared? Boys have suddenly been barred from extracurricular activities? They can't go out the old fashioned way and apply for a job? (I find it hard to believe that in the past, every dad owned a family store, anyway).
Lack of a constant or adequate father figure does not have to be the end of the world. Honestly... more of my friends have divorced parents or dead fathers than not. (Seriously... I can think of two with a married set of parents and five without). We all turned out fine... even the boys, by George! Do boys and girls operate differently? I'm sure... I'm no doctor or psychologist, but I'm sure there are differences. But is some of it due to socialization? I'm sure of that, too. There's no point blaming biology or society alone.