Yahoo! News has a story that says violence among girls is increasing. I don’t know how to explain that, but I don’t agree with

some [who] believe the violence is also fueled by the emergence of movies and video games such as “Tomb Raider” in which women wreak violence with the gusto of male action heroes.

Tempting as it might be to make a snarky remark about a vampire slayer at a time like this, I think Phil Leaf, director of the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, has a better handle on things.

“In retrospect, we can see girls falling prey to the same influences as boys,” Leaf said. “A decade or so ago, we were worried about the lack of male role models in the home. Today, there is a dearth of effective female role models as the mothers who used to be there are forced back into the job market or get rendered ineffective through abuse of drugs and alcohol.”

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