Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Who rules school?
As women became more dominant, so too did girls. It was now the boys who were coming to school in skirts and tights, i.e. it was literally girls who wore the trousers. And of course everyone was very aware that girls completely outperformed boys in every academic subject. The general assumption by schoolkids was that if girls had soared ahead after the creation of a level playing field, it meant that girls were superior in terms of natural gifts.
Whereas girls tended to go into further education and would become breadwinners, boys would remain in their shadow, cleaning their homes and being financially dependent. How could a girl take seriously a dim, subordinate sex whose main preoccupations were dollies, dresses and lipstick?
This meant that girls asserted themselves very boldly against boys, often being terribly smug and patronising towards them. A boy entering into a conversation uninvited was routinely told to hush, go play with his dollies, or to piss off altogether. Dismissive remarks about the vacuousness of boys’ minds were commonplace.
Terry the gossip had spread a rumour about Cara, the meanest girl in the school — unfortunately for him, Cara found out.
Girls’ assertiveness could even spill over into physical violence, in a way unthinkable before the genderquake. It is true that girls are on average less strong than boys, but their swaggering confidence and aggression more than made up for that. Boys also have a certain physical vulnerability in the crotch which girls took merciless advantage of.
School life then was, for a boy, a tremulous business. Neglected academically, scorned by by his female peers, the odds were against him from the start.