9 ways #BoysWillBeBoys has been used on Twitter & Instagram recently

In 2014, the US Department of Justice uncovered ‘substantial evidence’ that sexism in a Montana county attorney’s office led to prosecutors dropping not only rape cases but also humiliating victims in the process. When a mother had asked a county attorney why the adolescent boy who had assaulted her five year-old daughter had only received two years of community service, the attorney responded, ‘boys will be boys.’

Our upcoming production with Headlong about a female stockbroker navigating the world of the City is called Boys Will Be Boys.

We’re interested in exploring how the phrase is used as a hashtag on social media. It seems harmless enough to repeat, and indeed it’s used repeatedly as a hashtag across Twitter and Instagram. Over the rehearsal period of Boys Will Be Boys, we’ll be delivering a weekly round-up of the hashtag, the good, the bad, and the plain old ugly.

1. This #BoysWillBeBoys is a classic response to a tweet from the US Daily Mail about the racist gang rape of a disabled black teammate …

Totally harmless, right.                    


2. This one with grown men playing in a ball pit.

Okay this does look fun even to me and I’m made of sugar and spice and all things nice.


3. This one from David Beckham.

Boys will be boys ⛄️⛄️

A video posted by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on

Maybs Harper Seven Beckham is rubbish at ice skating.


4. This one where the hashtag is subverted…

Or is it?  


5. This one playing gender divide and rule with a brother and sister.

Damned if you do. Damned if you don’t.


6. This one is serious.


7. This one with banker lads.

Looks like pure balloon and beer bantz.


8. This one where he likes coding cos he’s a boy, duh.

And not because he just likes coding.


9. Finally, naww this cute little boy smacks his mum’s bum, just like his dad!