I'm a fifteen year old, and I work as an assistant at my aunt's dance studio. I usually help with the little girls' ballet classes (nothing too hardcore, just some basic ballet and tumbling). I've been doing this for nearly two years and one thing I've noticed is the little girls' anti-boy attitudes.
Since I was a little girl, I remember the "boys go to Jupiter" chants and that most little girls tend to gravitate more towards girls than boys. However, what I've noticed from these girls that are 10 to 11 years younger than me is that they aren't just disinterested in boys, they hate them. They don't want to be around them, they're not friends with them, they don't respect them. Though noticing obvious differences between the sexes is natural even at these tender ages, I believe that this hatred is not. Mothers (or grandmothers, or maybe even dads!) are teaching their daughters to be afraid of and despise the opposite sex. I can see the "practicality" in this: if they're not around boys, they're safe from the harms of rape and often violence (the first of which seems a tad ridiculous to be honest, the second of which might be slightly understandable).
Even as a little kid, I was still friends with boys. We played together on the playground and I went to their birthday parties and vice versa. This practice of parents teaching their children to hate the opposite sex seems antiquated and potentially harmful.
What do you think? Is little girls' boy-hating natural and acceptable or are parents teaching this extent of disrespect?

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When I was growing up there was a clear divide between boys and girls. Being the only girl in a large family, I enjoyed growing up with boys and playing their games, with their toys, etc. Then we entered grade school and learned that boys and girls were too different to play together and I, being the only girl, was ostracized from the only playmates I had.

I remember girls in my classes calling boys gross, boys calling girls dumb, and the divide was encouraged, if not enforced, by our parents and teachers. We were told that interacting with each other was inappropriate. As a girl, I was told that boys were "out to get me" and I better watch my back because befriending them would bring nothing but trouble. I dunno what the boys were told but, from the ridiculous crap I've heard, it wasn't anything good.

I would look beyond this particular group of girls that you work with. Is this an attitude brought into the group by one or two girls with particularly strong opinions and personalities? Are the parents friends? Do they belong to the same community? Schools? Churches? Book clubs? Is this an attitude the parents are collectively instilling in their children?


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