Notice: Many girls are driving "Fast and Furious." Their driving habits are, soon to be, commensurate with boys' driving habits. Premiums will be adjusted accordingly. Proof of a 3.0 ("B" average) on the report card provides some relief. Sound familiar?
Today (Feb. 27, 2002), I read in USA Today that "Girls Are Drinking Like Boys." Girls have closed "a generations-old gender gap" to the point where ninth grade girls (41 percent) binge drink more often than ninth grade boys (40 percent).
I know for a fact, as a teacher with 30 years experience, that foul language emanating from female mouths is far more pervasive and colorful than any I've ever heard before.
I was also flipped-off (given the bird in road rage) by a young lady in Minneapolis recently, for not getting out of her way in an expeditious manner. She even had the audacity to vent her frustrations in front of my family. No remorse!
I have also observed more females physically harassing (pushing, shoving, fighting) each other than I've ever seen before. Recent phenomenon!
I recently added more cable channels at home, wanting especially to view ESPN and CNN once in a while. As I was searching for these educational channels I noticed, in passing of course, that college girls were trying to attract young men by exposing themselves while on Spring Break. Evidently they had no compunction about it because they allowed MTV and Wild on E to film the antics.
I asked my wife why I hadn't been allowed to go on Spring Break and she responded by saying that we had to work back then.
Now parents allow their children to come to school half-dressed, looking like Britney Spears. Has anybody thought about the word "ramification" lately?
What's going on here?
My students said, and I paraphrase, that the "girls-jus-wanna-be-as-bad-as-the-boys."
If these trends continue pretty soon we'll have:
1. Co-ed sleepovers on "special occasions."
2. Parents sponsoring "drinking parties" because it's "safer" than home.
3. Boyfriends living at girlfriend's parents' homes.
4. Seniors in high school will be going on Spring Break without parents.
5. Eighth grade girls wearing "hottie" items from Victoria's Secret.
6. And parents paying for hotel rooms so their children can have a "good time" at homecoming and/or prom.
"How have we gotten into this fine fix?" as Oliver Hardy used to say and, more importantly, how do we reverse the trends?
Or should we all have a free-for-all?!! A solution: Let's (boys, girls, men, women) treat everybody with dignity and respect and not revert to our most basic instincts. If we're (boys included) truly concerned about other people's rights, and not just instant gratification, we will take care of each other rather than using and abusing each other. The tide must turn!
P.S. I don't believe in burquas or prohibition!
(Femling is a teacher in the Crosby-Ironton School District and a Baxter resident.)
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