Ladette culture Posted by: McQ
on Monday, January 23, 2006
Under the heading of learning something new every day, comes my new found knowledge about the "Ladette (or "laddette" as some spell it) culture". The best definition, or description if you will, is here:
As for "ladette" (I prefer the single d spelling), ladettes emerged in the early to mid 90's and were/are loud-mouthed, brash, pack-hunting yobbish beer-swilling 17 to 25-ish girls determinedly assuming all the least likeable traits of their male counterparts of a similar age - imagine a hen night in Essex and you'll get the general drift, except for ladettes, no such special occasion is required.
And, other than the obvious, what has that "culture' spawned?
One in three Scottish girls have been in a fight in the last year, making them among the most violent in the world, according to a new study.
The league table of teenage violence, published in the journal of the American Society of Paediatrics and based on a survey of 161,082 youths aged 11 to 15, put only England, Belgium, Lithuania, Estonia and Hungary above Scotland when it came to female fisticuffs.
Almost a third of Scottish girls had been involved in a fight in the last year compared to 13 per cent in Finland, 21 per cent in Russia and a quarter in the United States. Experts blamed the "ladette culture" of binge drinking and drug use.
Are the English absolutely the worst behaved in the world on both sides of the gender line?
The study also revealed that about 60 per cent of British boys had been in a fight over the previous year, compared with 48 per cent in the US, 40 per cent in Germany and 37 per cent in Finland.
Boys in Scotland, England and Wales came 10th, 13th and 26th in the league table respectively.
Now there's something of which to be proud, huh? For once the US is in the middle of the pack in a trend, but give us time, we are a competitive lot.
I have to admit this was all new to me.
Bill McGregor, the general secretary of the Headteachers' Association of Scotland, said:
"I don't think there is any doubt that violence involving girls is becoming more of a problem and that alcohol is often involved as part of the ladette culture."
Dr Candace Currie, the director of the child and adolescent health research unit at Edinburgh University and co-author of the report by child health experts from Canada, Scotland, Poland, Israel and the US, expressed her concern at the high level of violence.
She said: "Fighting is an important thing to measure because it is correlated with other forms of risk behaviour such as alcohol use, substance use and smoking."
Look I was in a lot of fights as kid growing up. Move into a new neighborhood, which I did alot, and you fight. Tis the way of the adolecent male world. But it didn't involve alcohol or drugs and it became less and less of a problem as I got older — ok, ok, it didn't completely go away and yes, I had a fight or two which included a drop of alcohol or two, but they weren't many and they were the exception, not the rule. I'm a peaceful old coot now.
But I also know guys who's saturday night wasn't complete unless they'd gotten bombed and in a fight (and not necessarily in that order). Hey, maybe it was me and I just hung out with the wrong crowd. But when I was growing up, guys like that again were the exception, not the rule as well.
However the 60% in England makes them the rule, not the exception. That's downright disturbing. And then to have girls - dear, sweet, lovely girls - the beings who are supposed to sooth the savage breast and put a damper on such activity - act like the guys ... well no wonder 60% of them are fighting in England. Talk about a culture in bad shape.
But since men are from Mars and women from Venus, the study has found they are each more likely to fight different groups:
The study concluded that girls are most likely to fight within "intimate relationships", while boys are much more likely to attack strangers.
Anyway, that's my lesson for the day. Ladette culture. Girls beating girls. It's a purely western phenomenon at the moment. How charming. Maybe we can export this bit of cultural fun to the Middle East. No wonder they're afraid to leave the 7th century for heaven sake.
I am looking for a book which might help me with a essay I am doing on young women in particular I want to look at the assertative or agressive way young women come on to young men on nights out. Does anyone have any ideas on where I might look for something on the ladette culture.