"Oh, you know girls just mature faster than boys."
Hmm did you ever consider
that might be because boys’ indiscretions are excused with a simple “Boys will be boys,”
while we simultaneously force girls to grow up too fast by sexualizing them at increasingly younger ages?
I’m pretty sure that quote is bullshit and always has been… saying shit like “girls mature faster than boys” does not lower the amount of sexism in the room.
Males and females mature differently, but that’s mostly because the hormones coursing through their bodies at the onset of puberty are different.
You don’t see me trying to prove that women mature faster than men because their breast tissue grows earlier - it wouldn’t be any more rational than arguing men must mature faster than women as they frequently grow more body hair, so why this?
Young men are told to play contact sports instead of discussing their feelings and dealing with the influx of testosterone rationally, so why would they learn to communicate like adults until later on in life?
We can point fingers at the patriarchy for holding back our children’s development, but ranting about one side of the issue (instead of trying to help everyone) won’t solve more problems than it creates.