saving our sons from superheroes, slackers, and other media stereotypes

About the Authors

LYN MIKEL BROWN, ED.D. lmbbabbleLyn is Professor of Education at Colby College and co-founder of the nonprofit Hardy Girls Healthy Women.  She is the author of four other books: Meeting at the Crossroads: Women's Psychology and Girls’ Development (co-authored with Carol Gilligan), a 1992 New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Girlfighting, Raising Their Voices, and Packaging Girlhood (co-authored with Sharon Lamb), a 2006 Books for a Better Life Award winner in the parenting category.  She’s also written a number of curricula that address issues such as bias-based harassment, bullying, and media literacy. Lyn grew up in beautiful Downeast Maine.  She and partner Mark Tappan have one daughter, but her two brothers taught her a lot about the wonderful complexity of boys; their sons and her male Colby students continue her education.  She received her doctorate from Harvard University in Human Development and Psychology.  At Colby she teaches courses in child and adolescent development, popular culture and schooling, and girls’ development.  She works with communities to develop safe spaces or hardiness zones for youth and helps to develop strength-based programming in schools.  She has been an American Association of University Women Educational Foundation Scholar-in-Residence and a winner of a National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship.  She is a member of the American Psychological Association, and was a member of the APA’s Presidential Task Force on Adolescent Girls.  She serves as an expert for a range of organizations, including True Child, Daughters, Boys to Men, and Hardy Girls. sharonretouched SHARON LAMB, ED.D. Sharon is Distinguished Professor of Mental Health at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology. She is on leave from Saint Michael's College in Vermont where she is a Professor of Psychology.  Originally from the Chicago area, she received her doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her child psychology training at Mass. General Hospital in Boston. Sharon co-authored Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers’ Schemes with Lyn in 2006 and is thrilled to be able to continue working with Lyn and her partner Mark on Packaging Boyhood. Sharon is the mother of two (almost grown) sons and some of the examples you’ll find in Packaging Boyhood are “ripped from the headlines” of her life at home.  She is married to pianist Paul Orgel.  She also has a private practice in Vermont where she sees boys and girls in therapy.  Sharon is author of The Secret Lives of Girls: What Good Girls Really Do, and Sex, Therapy, and Kid: Addressing their Concerns through Talk and Play (a book for psychotherapists).  Before that she edited three books:  New Versions of Victims, Before Forgiving with philosopher Jeffrie Murphy, and The Emergence of Morality in Young Children with Jerome Kagan. In Vermont, she has served on the steering committee for the Anti-Violence Partnership and as co-chair of the Changing Media Representations Committee for the Vermont Approach (a state-wide sexual violence prevention plan.)  She is a long-standing member of the Association for Moral Education and the American Psychological Association (APA).  For APA, she served as a member of the Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls and co-authored that report.  She is still interested in the sexualization of girls but more recently has begun work on a sexual ethics curriculum for high school boys and girls. MARK B. TAPPAN, ED.D. mbtbabbleMark is Professor of Education and Human Development and Chair of the Education Program at Colby College.  He received his A.B. in Religion from Oberlin College, his M.A. in Education from the Ohio State University, and his Ed.D. in Human Development from Harvard University.  He is co-editor (with Martin Packer) of Narrative and Storytelling: Implications for Understanding Moral Development and Cultural and Critical Perspectives on Human Development. Mark grew up in suburban Philadelphia but he now lives in Waterville, Maine with his partner Lyn Brown, their daughter Maya, their dog Heidi, and four cats. At Colby he teaches courses on education and social justice, contemporary children and youth, and boys development and education. Students in his "Boys to Men" course also work with local elementary and middle-school boys on media literacy and leadership development. Mark received the 2004 Donald Harwood Faculty Award for Service Learning Excellence, presented by Maine Campus Compact; he is also the co-chair of the Greater Waterville Communities for Children and Youth Coalition and a founding member of the Maine Boys’ Network.