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Men in general, or a specific man, are compared to little boys who never grew up.
"The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys."Men in general, or a specific man, are called out (often by their wives or lovers, and almost always by a woman) as still behaving like a little boy. The woman in question does not have to be someone who Does Not Like Men, but can see herself as someone who loves and tolerates a man or men despite their supposed immaturity. Involves an interpretation of some masculine attributes as involving an immature lack of restraint etc. An example of a gender-related double standard, as the reverse occurs less frequently (and/or is difficult to pull off effectively due to women's history as the non-dominant gender). See also Parenting the Husband and Man Child. Examples: Advertising:
Marylin Rexroth: "I though he'd outgrown trains."
Gus Petch: "They never grow up, they just get tubby."Literature:
Vorzheva: Men! You are all just little boys...Live Action TV:
Mrs Whitney: I sometimes wonder, if men really truly grow up; it seems they remain little boys forever. Do you wonder about that Mrs Hudson?
Mrs Hudson: No Mrs Whitney, I don’t wonder about it. I know it! And they always need us to kiss them better afterwards! In a manner of speaking of course.
Woman 1: Do you think the men will be mortified if we don't cheer them on at their silly game?
Woman 2: I daresay they will. It's almost a reason for not doing it. But for the sake of harmony, we indulge little boys.
King Arthur: "I command you..."
Queen Guinevere: "A petulant little boy!"Western Animation: