On Sunday, Caroline Paul wrote an op-ed for the New York Times, asking a question whose importance has been exponentially growing on me lately. “Why Do We Teach Girls That It’s Cute to Be Scared?” she asks, opening the piece:
A new study shows that an "honor culture" of toughness and badassery in the American South and West may lead to an increased risk of accidental death.
A new study has found that gay and bisexual teens are more likely to engage in risky behavior than their straight counterparts. A possible culprit: bullying.
A new study shows that extremely obese teens take risks at about the same rate as their thinner counterparts. And other research shows they may not be at high risk for depression.
A new study shows teenagers take more risks when their friends are watching. Which shouldn't be surprising — except that the study methodology implies something deeper than peer pressure may be at work.