It’s an age old question passed from one generation of men to the next: Why do girls always need to go to the bathroom together? As I female, I can confidently answer that we do this just to annoy you. Well, that’s the not real reason. We really do it because we females are very relational and most activities become an opportunity to connect and talk. Yes, this includes going to the bathroom, which I realize violates the man rule that states men should never, under any circumstances, talk to each other in the bathroom. While going to the bathroom in groups may seem odd, trips like this are crucial as teenage girls form their identity.
In May 2003, in a wealthy suburb north of Chicago, a mass of almost 100 high schoolers assembled in a forest preserve to observe a rite of passage that had been going on since the late ’70s—the junior vs. senior girls’ touch football game. During this annual ceremony, the senior girls initiate the junior girls into their final year of high school. However, this year, rather than tossing a football around, it was pig intestines, fish guts, paint, and animal feces that were tossed all over the juniors. A home video of the event caught some spectators hoisting cups of beer while watching the girls get punched, kicked, and choked. At the end of the day, five young women were hospitalized— one with a broken ankle and one receiving 10 stitches.