A new book on raising boys, a poetry project in Boston via Venezuela, and a hybrid memoir of immigration

“Boys aren’t born rapists,” writes clinical psychologist Bobbi Wegner in her clear-eyed first book, “Raising Feminist Boys: How to Talk with Your Child About Gender, Consent & Empathy” (New Harbinger) in which she offers tools for parents and caregivers on how to instill values of equality, self-awareness, empathy, and the confidence to recognize and speak up against injustice.

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Agoraphobia: Has COVID fueled this anxiety disorder?

Agoraphobia: Has COVID fueled this anxiety disorder?

The past year has been hard on most of us. Who hasn’t felt anxious? Who hasn’t wanted to retreat from the world at times? Staying home when possible as COVID-19 rates climbed felt safer — and in many places was required by lockdown rules. Yet, could growing accustomed to feeling less safe in public spaces seed, or feed, the anxiety disorder known as agoraphobia? If you’re wondering whether the discomfort you experience is normal or has crossed a line, read on.

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