Proud Boys, Lost Boys, and Home Boys

What’s going with Boys these days? Let’s look at three groups of Boys and see if we can find out.

Gippolito Ndp
6 min readMay 14, 2024
Photo by Robert Collins on Unsplash. Boys being boys. Will they become Men behaving like real Men?

A recent article in the AARP magazine (yep, I’m old and get the magazine) got me thinking about different groups of “boys,” which here is code for Men — or at least beings morphologically resembling Men.

The article is in the April/May 2024 issue, called “That Tat Has Got to Go,” by a retired ER doctor; and as it’s about Home Boys, being the high note, I’ll finish with that.

So … let’s start with the so-called Proud Boys.

First, I will ask a question I’ve asked before: If they’re so bloody proud of who and what they are — and what they are doing — why do they so often hide their faces? Thusly:

Screenshot by author, from CNN segment “The Proud Boys Explained: From Rituals to 1/6.” Accessed 5/10/24

Note the banner in the background: FREE OUR POLITICAL PRISONERS. They’re proud of 1/6? What political party has been vocal about characterizing the 1/6 insurrectionists in that way?

What presidential candidate?



Gippolito Ndp

Dad, G-dad, veteran, semi-retired lawyer, archaeologist, writer