This is how we create a society where women are forced to look after the men in their lives in a way that will never be reciprocated. Also, no one cares what marks girls get versus boys in competitive exams. This must stop. Hearing this gave me a false sense of accomplishment — I felt like a grown up.
‘Girls are more mature than boys’: The Harm of Gendered Stereotypes
'Girls Mature Faster Than Boys,' A Phrase that Needs To Retire with
A lot of the toxic things about the way we treat each other start in childhood. Only now it was a justification for weird age gaps. When I was older and an eighteen year old boy would start dating a fourteen year old girl, the same old line. So, where did this rumour start? Dr Hamira told Metro. It feels like this kind of label-slapping can only damage children. If you expect boys to be childish and immature, they will be.
And why is this stereotype so harmful, especially for girls? From a young age, I was taught that girls will always be more mature than boys. Naturally, girls physically mature faster as they go through puberty earlier than their male counterparts. Therefore, a false correlation between physical maturity and emotional maturity is created and consequently used as an excuse for judging girls and boys with different expectations. When I was first told this, by my primary school teachers nonetheless, it made me feel accomplished, wrongfully instilling in me a sense of pride.
Girls develop faster than boys. The gap narrows starting in high school. James Meyer , a Marshfield Clinic pediatrician. From an evolutionary perspective, women develop faster so they do not choose a male of their same age, who is less able to protect and provide for them and their potential child.