[DWJ] Thoughts on The Children in the Wood (or thoughts inspired by it, rather)
carrie at pitofdespair.org
Sat Sep 7 15:43:52 EDT 2013
> I started reading Reflections and had a recognizing smile on my face during
> "The Children in the Wood" until I got to the part about the one-sex nature
> of the games, at which point I went, "Huh? NOPE." Because we played those
> games in mixed groups - not always, but if there were more than two or
> three of us, then very likely.
I haven't read the essay, but I understand this is make believe games?
I'm British and the same age as you and also played these in
mixed-gender groups (and with one boy in particular). But there was an
abrupt change when we were around 9 where the girls and the boys pretty
much stopped talking to each other. I think we started mixing again
when we started secondary school at 11, but still most primary friend
groups were single gender, with the boundaries slowly relaxing as we
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