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Girl Bullies in High School Often Worse Than Boys
posted by Scott on Wednesday June 13, @11:54AM
from the boys/young-men dept.
Boys/Young Men Mark writes "This article written by a high school teacher of 30 years not only dispels the myth that all bullying is done by males, but also adds that quite often the female bullies are more relentless. "I'd rather be bullied by a guy any day than by a girl. ... Compared to guys, girls are vicious" said one 17-year-old girl."

Source: USA Today [newspaper]

Title: Bully-boy focus overlooks vicious acts by girls

Author: Patrick Welsh

Date: June 12, 2001

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Abuse knows no gender (Score:1)
by Trudy W Schuett on Wednesday June 13, @03:59PM EST (#1)
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When I was in 8th grade, I had the misfortune to sit next to a poor excuse for a human being by the name of Roberta. She terrorized the whole class at times, but mostly she targeted me. Shed take my homework off my desk and tear it up, and just loved to sneak up behind people and blast them with hairspray. Other times shed grab my purse and throw it out the window, and when things got boring shed hit the teacher and anybody else in the way with spitwads.

Once I was out for a week with the flu, and the guy on the other side of her actually spoke to me the following Monday. (He was one of those tall, gorgeous, in crowd guys, who didnt notice the short, smart girls.) He said, God, Im glad to see you! Guess she transferred her thing to him while I was gone.

When we went on to high school he spoke to me again during the first week. He came up to me at my locker when nobody was looking and said, Shes not here! I knew exactly what he meant. We could all relax because the bitch was gone.

Re:Abuse knows no gender (Score:2)
by Nightmist (nightmist@mensactivism.org) on Wednesday June 13, @04:27PM EST (#2)
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I found the remark in this story about parents worrying about male bullies interesting. From what I remember of my schooling, the males rarely, if ever, bullied females. In fact, males in lower grades generally bullied other males because they thought it impressed the females. In late high school, the bullying of males by other males began to subside, at least as far as I could tell. Bullying of females by females was a different story.

I remember once when a small group of my male friends and I were walking back the main building from gym (I went to a private school. The gym was a separate building on campus.) and happened to walk by the ground-level window of the basement girls' locker room. As we were walking by, a pair of white women's undies came flying out the window (of course, we were stopped in our tracks).

After that, a pair of jeans, a girl's top, and then a bra flew out and landed on the ground almost in front of our feet. Later, we found out that a group of girls had ganged up on another in the locker room, stripped her, and thrown her clothes out the window, leaving her there while the rest of them went back to class. The girl didn't show her face at school for a few days afterward. I can't remember if the bullies were punished for their actions.

Different ways of fighting... (Score:0)
by Anonymous User on Friday June 15, @06:00AM EST (#3)
I liked the fact that the author mentioned girl-on-girl fights as more vicious than fights between boys. Looking back to schoolyard fights now, it seems like the boy fights weren't really about causing physical harm to the other guy, but more about getting the upper hand and maybe humiliating him by showing that he *could* have had his butt seriously kicked.

Those fights even had some sort of 'rules'; in fact, the only fight I remember explicitly is the one where a rule was broken -- a boy kicked another in the groin during the fight, which was considered a cheap shot and hence he "lost face" even though he probably technically "won" the fight.

Girl-on-girl fights, on the other hand, were much more rare, but also much more vicious, no-holds-barred events. Tearing hairs, earrings, nostrils, eyes etc. was "fair game". I wish I'd remember how the punishments went in these fights (boys who fought always got detention).
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