How “Boys Will Be Boys” Is Hurting Workplace Culture

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The phrase “boys will be boys” makes my blood boil. But I realized when I sat down to write this piece that I didn’t know exactly why.

Was it because it’s so often used as an excuse for poor behavior?

À la when a little boy punches another little boy on the playground and his mom chuckles, “Boys will be boys!”

Or worse yet, when a Supreme Court nominee is accused of sexual assault, and half of the adult population collectively rolls their eyes and says, “He was just a kid… boys will be boys, after all.”

These are the more sinister applications of “boys will be boys” – the ones that reflect our society’s tendency to forgive men’s bad behavior because we believe it’s somehow hardcoded in their DNA.

Don’t get me wrong, I hate that we do this. I hate that we’re so quick to accept that 50… Read More

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