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    Monday, December 19, 2005

    The Non-Legacy of Postmodern Feminism: GirlsandDrinking.org

    What the hell is this?

    Broadsheet linked, but didn't explain (no diss to them, I'm just saying.)

    Girls versus Boys

    • Moms and daughters alike do not believe drinking alcohol has more risks for girls than for boys (56% and 58%, respectively). As their daughters’ age increases moms are significantly more likely to change their mind regarding the risks associated with drinking for their daughters — moms of 13-15 year olds, 36%; moms of 16-18 year olds, 49%, and moms of 19-20 year olds, 49%.

    • More than half of moms and daughters agree drinking alcohol impacts girls' reputations more than it does boys (54% and 57%, respectively) . . .


    First, I am not concerned about teenage drinking. I'm not. To me, that's redundant. Concerned about teenagers, yes. And drinking is an obvious part of their lifestyle.

    Second, if I were concerned about teenage drinking, why would I only be concerned about girls drinking? And why would I want girls to behave in a way so as to protect their "reputations"? I wouldn't.

    Third, if you want to make a website for Girls and their Moms (and, frankly, you probably shouldn't), please don't decorate it with butterflies. I mean, I'm in my twenties and I'm insulted on behalf of my teenage self.

    I'd be curious to find out if girls drive drunk more often than boys (and no, this website doesn't offer any such information). I'd also like to find out how likely it is for girls to jump off of roofs when drunk or urinate in the street when drunk or vandalize people's houses when drunk or commit sexual assault when drunk or belch loudly when drunk or get in brawls when drunk or drag race when drunk compared with their male peers. Because those are my concerns right there.

    I'd also like to know how many fathers are being told to obsess about the social drinking habits of their adolescent sons.

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