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Title: Relational Aggression and the "Mean Boy": Re-gendering Concepts of Aggressive and Dangerous Behaviour
Contributor(s): Page, Angela  (author)orcid ; Jones, Marguerite A (author)orcid ; Charteris, Jennifer  (author)orcid ; Nye, Adele  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2018
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.22492/ijpbs.4.1Open Access Link
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Abstract: Relational aggression has long been considered the "weapon of choice" for young women seeking to harm others through persistent manipulation or damage to relationships. However, in recent media articles in Australia, young men have been reported to use the same aggressive strategies to target young women. This article explores the themes drawn from a content analysis of 30 newspaper articles that report an Internet website established to "trade" sexual images of teenage girls. We argue that the prevalent forms and functions of girls' relational aggression, as described in the literature, are also evident in the perpetrating behavior of boys. We contend that the expression of such behavior prompts discussion of a gendered alternative to what is considered as "mean". The reported actions of young men can be recognized as aggressive and dangerous. It is damaging to dismiss "mean boys" subjectivities as merely "boys being boys".
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: IAFOR Journal of Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences, 4(1), p. 55-74
Publisher: The International Academic Forum (IAFOR)
Place of Publication: Japan
ISSN: 2187-0675
Field of Research (FOR): 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
170103 Educational Psychology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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