Rejecting the 'mean girl' framework
Responding to our male students' fights, sexual misbehavior, or general misconduct with the comment "boys will be boys" is widely recognized as unhealthy and unacceptable. But when faced with name calling, rumor spreading, exclusion, and social sabotage among female students, the phrase "it's just girl drama — don't worry about it" is so widely used that sometimes it’s replaced with just an eye roll, a shrug, or a sigh — the phrase itself doesn't even need to be expressed in words.
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