Boys will be boys. Girls won’t

Sep 12, 2017 by

by Laura Perrins, TCW:

First came the announcement that Hollywood was going to create an all-girls Lord of the Flies, then UK chain John Lewis said it would make all its children’s clothes “gender neutral”. The all-out assault on children, their innocence and reality itself has been relentless.

First, the idiotic idea that one can make an all-female Lord of the Flies movie that remains faithful to the message of the book. The big problem with an all-girls Lord of the Flies is that a gender switch means it is no longer Lord of the Flies.

This is obvious because of the inherent differences between the sexes, which are played out day in, day out, in homes and schools across the country. We know what happens when a group of boys get together: they are boisterous, they wreck your house, they like to fight.

Yes, there are quieter boys who like to read a book, and they are boys just as much as the house-wrecker. But the point, as William Golding demonstrated so effectively, is that these quiet boys are the ones that get picked on by the bullies when adults are not there to impose rules and civilise said bullies.

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