so TB - am i to assume by your posts in another thread that you are so SES anal you have dropped this discussion?
Do you enocurage gender stereotypes?
why do you unable to beleive young males are emotionally vulnerable?
Why do you control your children so much? don't you want them to grow into healthy adults able to make their own decisions?
You need to lighten up a bit.
I have not dropped this topic, but I do not have the knowledge or experience to comment further, so I will research the topic and see what the statistics you quote say and why it might be caused. You might well be correct, but I do not consider you a credible expert in this area, on the basis of what you have offered as evidence.
I am not sure what you mean by encouraging gender stereotypes. Do you mean do I think males and females are different. If so then yes, I do think that there are biological differences in physiology and psychology. If you mean - do I try and enforce an ideological difference along social lines of gender, this I certainly do not consciously do. Gender stereotyping is not restricted to SES by the way, most facilities with separate toilets, most sporting events all show how deeply we discriminate between the genders.
I control my children because, given their ages, they are not capable of making certain decisions. This is based upon my judgement and I feel sure that you do not allow your children any control over certain decisions if you feel they do not have the capacity to decide for themselves. If I were to give my children complete freedom to make decisions from birth then I am sure they would not have the opportunity to grow into adults at all. I have to say ADG that the extreme examples I used in previous posts are so obvious you must be deliberately obtuse.
Simply put, children are dependent for many years upon their parents and need guidance for many things. Over time they learn, and their bodies and minds develop to a point of total independence (hopefully), but it does not happen in one day. Current science holds that our brains only cease development in our early 20's, the last part to develop controls our social awareness and consideration for others.