#2: Why Boys Will Be Boys?

Why Boys Will Be Boys?

"Boys will be boys" is the old adage used to excuse or explain behaviour by boys and young men, whether as something as innocuous as rowdiness to something as serious as impaired driving or sexual violence.

I don't agree that boys will be boys in that sense, and this phrase has justified so many destructive behaviours over generations. I believe that boys need to be able to see that there is a huge range of diverse behaviour, experiences and identities that make them boys beyond this. Among many other things, boys will be:

Funny

Serious

Active

Still

Quiet​

Loud

Happy

Sad

Angry

Loving

Confident

Uncertain

Playful

Reflective

Laughing

Crying

Outgoing

Introverted

Athletic

Artistic

Human

I wanted this site to turn the traditional meaning of the phrase in its head. Boys will be whoever they may be. And being a boy must never be used to excuse violent and dangerous anti social behaviour. All boys are worth so much more than that.

 

Amber Pohl
Founder

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