Teaching Boys How to Care
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When a principle of respect for individuality and choice is placed into a gendered status quo such as that of the United States and paired with the value of adequate care provision, it will require interventions to disrupt existing arrangements. This chapter defends the resultant action-guiding principle called “strong proceduralism” because it leaves caregiving open to individual choice while teaching the foundational skills of caregiving to those who have not previously possessed them. The need for educational interventions is justified by existing sedimentations of entitlements that are relationally and inversely connected to the fact that others attend to the needs of the entitled individuals. Therefore, young boys must be taught how to care. I defend this action-guiding proposal for societies like the United States and leaves open to individuals whether they will identify caregiving as a core component of a good life. Instead, the chapter defends measures that will make caregiving a viable option for people who have been socialized to simply receive care, but not to give it.