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September 01st 2015 print


The Curse of XY Chromosomes

Modern educational theory some years ago embraced the notion that the problem with little boys is that they are not little girls. Roughhousing in the playground? Evidence, surely, of incipient testosterone poisoning. Rambunctious in the classroom, which can make a teacher's job somewhat more difficult? Quick, off to the school nurse for the daily dose of calm-'em-down pills. A near-instinctive urge to turn pencils, fingers, even bite-sculpted sandwiches into imaginary guns? Clearly yet one more example of the male urge to dominate and destroy. Fortunately, thanks to the feminist sensibility that shapes Big Chalk's agenda, strong women are on hand to make sure the boys behave themselves. Other threats to peace and tranquility are, as Zeg notes, somewhat problematic.

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