My reaction is "Balderdash!"
I admit my opinion is wrought with over-simplicity.
Males are the warriors and providers. Females are the nurturers and gatherers. However, this does not mean that both cannot learn to be both. Males are more prone to be risk takers.
Very young children are in some ways gender neutral. My toddler-age son wanted a Barbie doll (I suspect because his older sister had them). So my husband bought him one. They both had hours of play with the Barbies.... and GI Joes.
I always thought it ridiculous to hear that boys shouldn't cry. Having raised a boy and a girl, I found that neither has a lock on sensitivity.
In fact, I think that men who are not afraid to cry are those who have a well developed sense of self and a healthy ego.
When I was growing up I think there were as many males who felt "scared and disconnected" as today. The difference I see is that they had 3 more years to be considered "adults", so had more time to sort things out until they were more mature.
Girls mature faster than boys. Check the elementary grades. Girls tower over their male classmates in height. Then wait a few years and see the reverse. I do agree that boys can lag behind girls in self confidence and some achievement, but that also can change with time.
During the ridiculous gender wars I read and heard many opinions that #1: teachers always called on the boys in class; #2: girls fell behind the boys in math and science because the teachers paid more attention to the boys. I never saw that in my school days. (Though the boys were selected to take the erasers outside to knock the chalk dust off the,)
I'm not sure why it was stated that men feel emasculated because of world economics. Is it because so many women work outside of the home thus intruding on their "provider" status? Is it because some spouses have "my money" and "your money" due to the high divorce rate? or that the Sword of Damocles hangs over their heads re: job security?
IMO, the educational problems of today arise from the different roles that have been thrust upon teachers, often to the point they cannot teach, on the legal challenges to school authorities to the point that their rules become moot, and the upside-down judicial system that does not concentrate more on lesser crimes at earlier ages, rather than on felonies later.
Drug use was not present "in my day", so I realize that it has a huge impact on our students now.
If this was not the best of all possible worlds, it was certainly the best time and best place to be starting out healthy and free in a land of vast possibilities." Well said. I will add that the lesson should include expectations.
I once argued with 2 women in the 1980s re: should parents let children know what is expected of them. I took the affirmative, which shocked them. They believed in letting a child just find their own way, and that it was dangerous to their egos or ids or whatever to say what was expected.
To close, I think that the sources of the opinions are on the same plane as the opinions expressed over time.... it is always somebody else's fault.