Violent offences and sex attacks, increased alcohol consumption and partner abuse, have all increased dramatically for women.
Gone are the days of ladylike behaviour. Increasingly women are copying the worst behaviours of men. They are just as likely as men to troll partners online; they are swearing more than men (who have cut down); and drinking more than ever before.
Teenage girls in the UK are twice more likely than boys to get drunk than almost anywhere else in Europe where it is the other way round. They are also more likely to be drink-driving than men from the age of 30 with a doubling of the number of women convicted for it since 1998.
One in three people affected by domestic abuse is male, 1 in 20 men in England & Wales, more than half a million compared to 900,000 women. Abuse from women in same sex partnerships is on the increase too.
And there are over twice as many women in prison for murder (260) and 50% more for wounding (354) than ten years ago.
David Wilson, professor of criminology at Birmingham City University, described it as a “genuine phenomenon“. He believes a proportion of women have always had the same violent tendencies as men, drinking, swearing etc, but the context has changed.
Previously women had less opportunity to socialise and be in public than men but now they are more likely to go out to work and at a time when social attitudes have changed. Sociology professor Frank Fuedi at the University of Kent said “a generation ago women would have been ashamed to be seen drunk in the street but now it is almost a badge of honour”.
“For women all boundaries have gone and there are no clear rules about what is expected and how they should behave“. They are treating freedom like a big piece of cake”women have got it and some are gorging on it. They are often applauded for certain kinds of behaviour because it seems strong or brave or because it goes against the traditional grain”
Linda Papadopoulos, a psychologist, finds it strange as she believes women are still people pleasers and one of the biggest trends is a women’s need to be perfect and conform. She said “sadly I think women are still huge people pleasers and perfectionism remains a big problem for them, underlying so many problems including eating disorders. Rather than breaking out of traditional expectations it’s about conforming to a new set of social norms that rewards the girl who burps the loudest or drinks the most“.
A sad state of affairs in my view but it seems you can’t put the genie back in the bottle. And she has a point about the state of women’s and girls’ mental health issues. But if girls are getting stroppier then why do they behave like snowflakes at university? Answers on a postcard please.