It's not your imagination.
A cultural shift is harming boys.
Here's an excerpt from a thoughtful essay in the Institute for Family Studies.
"What is driving the rise in the numbers of unmotivated boys and underachieving young men? And what can we do about it? In my book Boys Adrift, I identify multiple factors that have combined to disengage boys and young men from hard work and academic achievement. The bad news is that these factors are pervasive. The good news is that parents who understand these challenges can arm their sons with the tools those boys need in order to fulfill their potential."
Read more here: https://ifstudies.org/blog/boys-are-falling-farther-and-farther-behind-their-sisters-should-we-care-