I think society was a lot more involved in competition for boys when I was younger. I know that today there are a lot more sports for young women and I applaud Title IX for changing the rules to pay for women athletes to go to school. I think as a kid, we boys more often than not played against each other and the girls played with each other. By that, I mean no mixed gender teams not anything sexual.
I can remember as a kid that my sisters played tennis. It was more important that they had pretty white shoes and looked good. I played in a pair of ratty worn out sneakers that were so dirty that grass stains would have not shown on them. I worked hard to defeat my opponent and they sure as hell tried to beat me. There was no tea and watercress sand witches after our games. I played a heck of a lot more baseball and basketball than tennis anyway. Other than in school, I didn't ever play soccer. When we did then, it was a lot more like rugby unless the coaches were watching.
Having two older sisters, I did see an enormous amount of disputes between girls. There seemed to be an unwritten rule that girls worked hard to make other girls cry. With boys, we not only wanted them to cry, we wanted them to bleed. If we were unhappy with someone there wasn't a lot of just telling lies about the other person, we would place a full on frontal attack to their face. By the same token, I did lose a few of those fights and knew the agony of "Da face" (seldom did my "De Feet" hurt) after punches.
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