I guess one thing I've learned since I was a teen is that it's not true that high school boys "only have one thing on their mind"... I don't know where this comes from. I mean, sure, hormones are raging, etc... but a lot of all the frenzy surrounding sex comes from boys' friends -- not from inside them.
All boys think about sex -- that is true. (And girls think about sex, too -- btw!) But, boys are capable of deep love and intimacy, of developing bonds that go beyond teenage movies where boys make fart jokes and try to get laid.
Whenever I've written a teen hero, I found it easy to remember boys I loved -- who meant something more than fumbling around in the back seat of a car. They were three dimensional people with a lot on their minds and so much life ahead of them.
Anyway, boys are capable of deep feelings -- not that all of them have the emotional vocabulary to express them, yet -- and I think this often gets overlooked.
So, what do you think? Do boys get a bad rap?
Heather Davis is the author of
Never Cry Werewolf
Coming in APRIL 2009 from HarperCollins