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.
Believing girls mature faster than boys hurts everyone — The Bowdoin Orient
For the past 50 years, researchers have known that girls who get their periods earlier than their peers are more psychologically vulnerable as teenagers. They have more frequent and severe mental health problems, from depression to anxiety, eating disorders, delinquency, substance abuse and failing or dropping out of school. But next to nothing was known about how long those problems last. Tracking nearly 8, girls from adolescence through their late 20s — far longer than other studies have — a Cornell researcher says girls who get their periods earlier than peers are likely to experience depression and antisocial behavior well into adulthood. It puts these girls on a path from which it is hard to deviate.
Girls really do mature quicker than boys, scientists find
Diana Furukawa. What constitutes maturity? I matured dentally very early. Nobody cares how fast people lose their baby teeth. We talk about social constructs a lot here.
But according to new scientific evidence, they're not. Recent reports show that newborn males and females have very different brain circuitry, and hormones dramatically shape their future thoughts, feelings and behavior in the first years of life. Brizendine says that after eight weeks in utero all children's brains appear exactly the same: female.