There are these three little girls who live across the way from me. Looks like they range in age from maybe 7-10. I get a kick out of watching their behavior as a group whenever they're outside playing. A couple of days ago, they were romping around the large parking lot at my apartment complex, looking intimidating as all hell, carrying tree branches and waving them around menacingly.
Most recently, I saw them descend their stairs while on their way somewhere with their mom. Two of the girls were holding flowers. It looked so storybook-like, but when they were waiting for their mom to pull out the car, their unbridled side (yet to be fully tamed by the rules of "proper" girlish behavior) took over, and they started jumping up and down and beating on this tree by whipping it with fallen branches. It was a definite primordial behavioral departure.
It just struck me as something that the average person might expect a group of rowdy boys to do. Speaking of which, I'm wondering if boys of similar age are as open and free as far as jettisoning the code of stereotypical masculinity.
Regardless, the girls made me smile because it drove home the message that girls are trained to behave in certain ways, but their nongendered personalities still can shine through, particularly when they are young and still being indoctrinated into the binary gender system. The sad thing is this side of themselves gets increasingly hard to unbury, let alone develop and allow to thrive.