Wednesday 21 March 2018

Helen Moorhouse: Why this video of schoolgirls fighting is alarming on many different levels

SO much for sugar and spice and all things nice. Girls -- all pink and glittery and kind and gentle. Well not any more, it seems.

The alarming and repugnant footage which went viral on the internet of two Cork schoolgirls fighting for the amusement of a baying mob seems to prove that nowadays camera phones, a stinking attitude to life and an alarming lack of self-respect are, in 2012, what little girls are made of.

Schoolyard fights have happened since time began. Nothing extraordinary about a spot of honour-preserving fisticuffs behind the bike shed. Parents expect their sons to return home at one point or another with a torn shirt and a bruised ego.

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