News flash: boys like relationships
Cheers to a new study reporting that, contrary to age-old stereotypes about teenage boys as indiscriminate horndogs, 16-year-old boys' primary motivations for dating are that they "really like the person" (via the New York Times health blog).
It's kinda sad that both the study and the even-handed New York Times treatment is cause for celebration, but when most media discussion of gender and sexuality regurgitates the same old hoo-ha with a few new twists, well, I'm breakin' out my noisemaker for this one.
It'll be interesting to see what kind of play the study gets. As documented by frequent Bitch contributor Keely Savoie, among others, reporting on science tends to be especially steeped in cultural baggage. Can a commonsense conclusion like this one break through?
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