Even as our acceptance of less rigid gender roles grows in other areas, the pressure on boys to be "toned and muscular" represents a return to a traditional notion of masculinity and what it means to be a man. The message: It's fine if boys want to go around wearing sparkly nail polish as kids, as long as they grow up to be big and strong and macho.
n my role as a friend and a clinical psychologist, I must say that if I hear the phrase "boys are easier than girls," one more time, I may just bang my very cerebral and emotional head against the hardest wall that I can find. I am frustrated. Parents may believe that teenage boys are easier than girls because they just don't understand their sons. It is as simple and complicated as that.