This isn’t your father’s prom date…

Today’s current event isn’t all that current, but it was brought to my attention as I listened to The Morning Edge on the drive to work this morning. In February a 12yr old girl was beaten into a coma simply for being kissed by a boy at someone else’s birthday party. The news story quotes the mother as having told her daughter to “handle her business” at which point the violence ensued. Teenagers & adults at the party kicked the girl into unconsciousness (what kind of chaperones were they?).

Girl violence is nothing new, but I must admit I’m not sure if I find it all that appealing. Don’t get me wrong, I have an appreciation for strong, fiercely independent females (just ask Michelle). I enjoy Alias and thought Buffy was a kickass heroine, but is aggressive behavior something we should encourage from women?

Maybe I should organize my thoughts better before I continue. I know I’m generalizing quite a bit, but girls historically are known for their psychological methods of dealing angst & woe. Girls quite frankly can be mean and while guys can attempt to be mean, we are clumsy amateurs when compared to the deft skill women have developed. An art form not unlike the “Five Finger Exploding Heart Technique” there is a reason why hell hath no fury like the wrath of a woman scorned.

I hate to resort to the “back in my day” scenario, but girl fights were always more vicious than guy fights growing up. Most guy fights were about immediate pain and a quick display of macho-chest-beating. Girl fights in contrast were about complete & total annihilation. It wasn’t a good girl fight unless somebody had a fistful of clumped hair and an eye gouged out. Of course, nobody brought a handgun to a knife fight back then either.

Not sure what happened to my point, but I guess I never expected a movie like Mean Girls to be considered educational material.

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  • god April 28, 2004   Reply →

    girl power

  • melissa April 28, 2004   Reply →

    Independence and a good sense of self worth are one thing, violence like the kind inflicted on that little girl is quite another. Those people should have their livers removed with an ice pick and fed to them. I?m sorry; my violent woman streak was showing itself again.

  • A.J. Wood April 28, 2004   Reply →

    We need more breaking news stories about “violent women streaking”… err… how about the battered husband phenomenon?

    Can’t we just go back to the days when men were men and sheep were scared?

    On second thought…

  • Kimmy April 28, 2004   Reply →

    Girls are mean. That is so wrong.

  • Rob April 29, 2004   Reply →

    Christ – you mean I need to worry about this too?

    Its bad enough thinking about the first time the little one wants a mini-skirt or makeup, now I have to get her an official “Hello Kitty 9mm Handgun” for protection as well?

    God, what’s next? I suppose they’ll just have to start packaging self-defense manuals with training bras.

  • Adam April 29, 2004   Reply →

    I’m waiting for some psychologist to come out and explain how arseholes like this exist, and what the hell has made people so much more aggressive.

    For the time being, I think I’ll just hide in the apartment. I don’t want to die 😉

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