In my last post, I discussed how modern girls are shielded from their mistakes. Coddled might be a more appropriate term. In my youth, it seemed to be somewhat different. From what I can tell, I was on the tail end of an era that handled this situation in an alternative manner.
It did appear that boys were encouraged, and girls were told to “cool it”. That is, boys were were given special allowances in order to facilitate their development. Girls seemingly did not need this, as they developed socially and language wise earlier than boys. Presumably this was to make it so that boys would not get discouraged and give up. And if they gave up, they would not be there to marry the girls; and this was important in the day. So teachers and parents worked to make sure this did not happen. But perhaps, people care about this no more. Why might this be?