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Boys and Girls is about a boy and a girl who meet when they are both about 12 and carry on a love-hate relationship for the next 10 years until they finally sleep with each other with disastrous results It is clear theyre in love but after that night of bliss a great chill forms between them and she doesnt understand why I thought I did understand why The other day on the radio Terry Gross was interviewing Jeffrey Eugenides the author of The Virgin Suicides In that novel now made into a movie by Sofia Coppola a boy and a girl have sex in the middle of the football field on prom night--and the next morning when she awakes she is alone Trip the boy is the narrator and tells us I liked her a lot But out there on the football field it was different Gross gently grilled Eugenides about that passage She was interested she said because Trips behavior was--well not atypical of boys after sexual conquests and a lot of women courted and then dumped were curious about that cruel male pattern Eugenides declined to analyze Trips behavior Hed known people like Trip he said and he thought it was just the sort of thing Trip would do I have a theory to explain such post-coital disillusionment Boys cannot deal with their dreams made flesh They have idealized a woman who now turns out to be real who engages in the same behavior as ordinary women who allows herself to be despoiled so he believes by his lust which he has been taught to feel guilty about He flees in shame and self-disgust Boys get over this which is the good news but by losing their idealism about women which is the bad news This is an excellent theory but Boys and Girls does not use it Instead confusing the sexes it supplies the boy with a
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