And in practical terms, boys find themselves supervised almost entirely by women until they're out of high school, and except for the ones lucky enough to enter the armed forces, most go on to be supervised by more females in college, or by female bosses in their entry-level jobs. Women being women, they don't have a clue about how to bring up boys past a certain age, and almost universally screw it up in the absence of a father, which is becoming the new default situation.
Now, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn were both sort of supervised by women, but the women didn't have a chance, really, because in those times boys were expected by everybody to act like boys, and if the women messed up, the boys brought each other up. It's kind of interesting to note that Huck, if you'll remember, actually slightly preferred living with his drunken, brutal, violent, irresponsible father to living with the well-meaning Widow Douglas. Well, I got off on that tangent because of the charming illustration on the quibcag above. Isn't that the cutest damn Becky Thatcher you've ever seen? Only in Japan. Yes, it's a Japanese anime series from 1980 called The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (トム・ソーヤーの冒険 Tomu Sōyā no Bōken ). Here's some of it for your entertainment. I can't find it in English for you, but this Spanish version is intriguing.
Oh, I am off on a tangent. This is all in aid of calling your attention to Keoni Galt's post over at The Hawaiian Libertarian, where he points out that boys have to be raised in a different way from girls. Quite different. For example, the quibcag quote. Enough outa me. Go THERE and enjoy.