Culture and tradition are part of the macrosystem of ideas and beliefs that have a dramatic effect on children and families. One aspect of culture is gender beliefs, values and roles. Feminist analysis has explored the incorporation of gender in a wide range of structures, challenging gender bias and advocating reform of a range of laws, structural systems, and social practices. Masculinities analysis, an outgrowth of feminist analysis that focuses on men as gendered subjects, provides a perspective to consider those areas in which men are disproportionately present either in positions of power and privilege, or in positions of disadvantage. The juvenile justice system is a place where boys are the primarily objects of the system. Yet it is a system that rarely considers boys as gendered subjects. This article examines the perspective that masculinities scholarship would bring to evaluating and reforming the juvenile justice system.
Nancy E. Dowd, Boys, Masculinities and Juvenile Justice, 6 J. Korean L. 2 (2006-2007), available at http://scholarship.law.ufl.edu/facultypub/164