Why have girls done better than boys? How very dare they?!

A brief response to this tripe on the BBC website today. It asks the question: why are girls outperforming boys at GCSEs? There are many opinions proffered, from the sublime to the ridiculous. Ben from London suggests, for example, that feminism has created a slew of women who waited to have children and are now desperate to find a man who earns more than them to look after the children that they are equally desperate to have.

As a result the country is full of 30-year old childless women longing to meet a guy who earns significantly more than them so that they can settle down, but they can’t. Women are attracted to strong men who can provide security for their children, but, because men are no longer earning substantially more than them, they are having a hard time of it. This is the one failure of feminism, and both sexes are suffering as a result. Thoughts anyone?

Yes, Ben is clearly very enlightened and has nailed that debate for all of us (and has not veered off the point at all). When I meet and marry him, I just hope he’s earning more than me so that I can be looked after propa.

But now for some sense. Linda from Scotland is correct when she says:

It took women centuries to even have equal access to education, a right still denied to many in certain areas of the world yet it takes only a few years of the boys coming in second for questions to be asked. Maybe this is why girls do better – even at the age of 16 they have realised that equality does not really exist and they have to be proven to be better than their male counterparts to stand a chance of getting anywhere.

Yes! We live in a society where the very notion of women and girls achieving any sort of educational and economic success is still so abhorrent that, though boys out-performed girls for years, this new trend has everyone recoiling in horror and asking how the hell it was ever allowed to happen. Maybe girls are doing better now because they have to. With the amount of misogyny and discrimination they’re going to experience for the next 60 years more apparent than ever, they have to make sure at a young age that they have the tools to compete in the stakes. We should be congratulating these young women for their efforts and not lambasting them for trying to get above their station. Because, frankly, that’s all this debate is really about.

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