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Fighting Among Girls on Rise

Girls Will Be Boys: Why Girl Fights Are on the Rise

Teenage girls are getting angrier, and they're expressing their emotions with more punches, slaps, and kicks than ever before. Fingers have pointed to binge drinking as liquor numbs feelings, making girls less adept at coping with emotions. But girls have been binge drinking for decades, so I don't entirely buy that Students Against Drunk Driving warning. What does intrigue me is the sociological explanation: girls are tired of being the passive sex and are emulating male behavior.

Mike Fisher, an anger management psychotherapist, says it's becoming increasingly socially acceptable for girls to fight, especially in inner-city schools where they feel the need to stand up for themselves physically. It's reached the point where brawling girls now have their own, very boyish name — ladettes — at least according to the British press.

So now the question is how will these girls grow up? Considering the number of women found guilty of murder, assault, and other attacks has risen by 81 percent in the UK since 1998, chances aren't looking so good.

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Janine22 Janine22 6 years
Umm yeah sorry but, I don't think that The Jersey Shore is an accurate representation of the population!
Janine22 Janine22 6 years
I suspect that the large increases mentioned in this study are a specific cultural phenomenon in the U.K. I doubt that you would find such drastic increases in North America although I would not be surprised if there was an increase. In terms of psychological disorders, women and young women outnumber males at a rate of 2:1 for rates of anxiety and depression. Women tend to filter their anger inwards more often. For example. look out the larger amounts of females that engage in self harm behaviours like cutting and eating disorders. Men and young men are more likely to display externalizing problem behaviours such as angry outbursts. This is in my opinion, largely cultural, it is and has been more socially acceptable for men to act outwardly angry and women are expected to take internalize their anger and/or blame themselves. Females can also be just as aggressive as males but it is more often in the form of social aggression, for example malicious gossip.
stephley stephley 6 years
There are ways to respond that don't involve pushing back. I think overall society has become cruder, not just girls.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 6 years
I agree with the statement that girls are tired of being the passive sex. I wouldn't say I am a violent person but I wouldn't stand for some girl yelling in my face @ a bar because I accidently bumped into her. If someone pushes me I will push back.
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