My son is much more hyper and louder which can be obnoxious at times. It is in the male nature for them to have all this energy. My daughter is much more affectionate and interactive with us. That probally comes from females being maternal. My daughter can sit in one spot for hours where my son is constantly moving. It is what it is. My friends with both agree it is the same way with their children. Boys and girls are very different..
I do agree that boys and girls are *generally* different, esp the older they get. So not arguing with you there. But I think PP parents have a very limited view of both sexes and tend to box in what their boy/girl does as atrributed to their gender. I say "limited" because you have only one example of a boy, and one example of a girl. Try talking to some of us moms of 3+ of the same gender and you'll see how different our kids are even though they are the same gender. My 3 boys are very different! While my younger two are very hyper (my DS2's hyperactivity is mostly because of his autism though), my oldest couldn't be more calm. He is totally non-aggressive (in fact, we had an incident this past week where a littel girl in his day camp was bullying him- he came home crying hysterically that she wouldn't let him on the monkey bars and that she told him he "wasn't her friend anymore". He was so upset because he said he didn't do anything and kept crying to me that he didn't do anything wrong and was wondering why she would be so mean to him.) All 3 of my boys are EXTREMELY affectionate...so much so that it annoys me sometimes lol. All 3 will fight for a spot on my lap and kiss me on the neck, wrap their little arms around me, like all. day. long. My niece on the other hand is not very affectionate at all (she is the same age as my DS2)... I've asked her for kisses and hugs and my SIL has to make her do it. She's just not touchy-feely at ALL. I don't assume it's because she's a girl (because I have met affectionate little girls) but because it is her innate personality. Her older brother (who is 12, and from a previous marriage, he is my brother's stepson) couldn't be more affectionate- he won't hesitate to wrap his arms around me and give me a huge hug without me asking.
I will agree with you that boys are more physically active- I don't mind it a bit though as I've always been a tomboy and into sports, etc. Actually, my DS1 and I were just outside throwing a football back and forth- it was fun! :)
OP: Thanks so much for your post! I have found that there are pockets of populations that favor girls, and pockets that favor boys. Before I had DS3 all I encountered were those who favored girls, but since DS3 it seems like everyone around me loves boys!
Honestly ANY gender-bashing pisses me off- whether against boys OR girls...both have GREAT qualities! I want a girl but I never did NOT want a boy, I always wanted both (2 of each actually was my dream). :)