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Who do you think is meaner in general? Boys or Girls?

A study says boys. I don't know if I agree.

A journal called Aggressive Behavior has published research disputing the widely-held theory that boys will beat you up, whereas girls will talk behind your back. Actually, the study suggests, boys do both: In scientific terms, they are both "physically" and "relationally" more aggressive than girls. The study followed 620 students of both sexes through middle school and high school in six Georgia districts,Time reports. Results came from regular surveys asking students about their behavior over the past 30 days. Unfortunately, "almost all of the students surveyed, 96%, had passed a rumor or made a nasty comment about someone over the course of the seven-year study," a researcher says. But physical and relational aggression were both more common in boys.

Middle school, the study says, is the worst for meanness both physical and relational: It's most common between sixth and eighth grade. But middle schoolers can look forward to high school, when it begins dropping toward a senior-year low. The researchers aren't the first to point to boys' emotional cruelty, the New York Times reports: The author of the book on which the movie Mean Girls is based wrote a sequel focusing on boys. "The reality is that most boys’ days are filled with many of the same social challenges that girls face, and what they learn from those experiences matters now and for their futures, as it does for girls," writes Rosalind Wiseman. (That advice could be handy for this family, whose first 12 kids were boys.)

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Re: Who do you think is meaner in general? Boys or Girls?

girls - just read this BB.

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Re: Who do you think is meaner in general? Boys or Girls?

On 12/7/2014 happy housewife said:

girls - just read this BB.


you know it

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Re: Who do you think is meaner in general? Boys or Girls?

By far, females. They are way more vindictive. The movie "Heathers" comes to mind.

Guy will solve their problems just by pummeling each other, then shake hands afterwards.

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Re: Who do you think is meaner in general? Boys or Girls?

Girls.

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Re: Who do you think is meaner in general? Boys or Girls?

After years of working in education and reading this board: females, hands down. Males will tell you if they have a problem with you, females--ah, that's a bird of a different feather.

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Re: Who do you think is meaner in general? Boys or Girls?

If you're thinking of teenagers I'd have to say girls. They appear to be way more full of themselves.

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Re: Who do you think is meaner in general? Boys or Girls?

On 12/7/2014 happy housewife said:

girls - just read this BB.

Surreal.

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Re: Who do you think is meaner in general? Boys or Girls?

Girls. By far. There is more pressure on girls and it seems to reach it's height in middle school. They've left elementary school stuffed animals and dolls, and face the pull of high school, boys, non social intercourse, clothes, makeup, being cool, etc not to mention being thin suddenly appears. At 13, myself and a friend were jumped by a group of girls while waking home. The root of the dispute was a boy, naturally. I got beat up, pretty scratched up. My Friend got the worst of it. Our parents showed up school furious, demanding satisfaction. Those that ratted on their friend, got expelled, etc. Girls can get pretty mean. They're supposed to be sweet. It's annoying being sweet for quite a few of them.

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Re: Who do you think is meaner in general? Boys or Girls?

girls