Nowhere near that simple. In fact, it’s a ridiculous stereotype. And we needn’t even get into the strong link between estrogen and aggression, do we? Nope, we can just keep saying testosterone makes boys thuggish animals, and estrogen makes girls nurturing carers, and be done with it, right?
Treating our young men as if they are by nature ready to explode into violence (sexual or otherwise) at any second if we don’t shame and tame them, while at the same time pretending young women are sweet little angels to whom violent behavior is a bizarre aberration, is dysfunctional insanity on multiple levels. But it’s not just widespread, it’s an unconscious assumption most of the population appears to unquestioningly work under. Should it be any wonder, then, that we’re not only seeing a rise in violence in young women, but a rise in the number of boys feeling like garbage about themselves and failing to succeed in life? This isn’t the only problem our flagging population of young men faces, but it’s certainly not helping the problem.
*Update*: Might our attitudes about these things help contribute to outrages like this? I suspect so.