So, the understanding of this idiom (a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words e.g., it's raining cats and dogs, see the light, etc... ) is that boys (men) generally act irresponsible and its expected behavior for them to act this way and be excused.
Question: How does this sit with you?
I'll be honest, to me there seems to be women who accept this idiom as fact and let boys get away with bad or rude behavior and then hide behind the saying. My mom was NOT one of those women, I'd get smacked up-side the head for poor or bad behavior like wrestling in the house and breaking things by accidently knocking them over or always PLOP down on the sofa or recliner rather than simply sit down on them or burp at the table (or make other body noises) or come home from school all muddied up from jumping in the rain puddles, oh yeah, right UP-SIDE the head her hand would go.
She'd say, "Stop acting like an animal."
A co-worker of mine is dealing with her "bad-boy" looking boyfriend who is.....guess what.......acting badly and sometimes she says, "Oh, men are men."
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