Headline: Ga. Woman Found, Reportedly Got Cold Feet
Yet another young female creates a huge stir, gets law enforcement and media working overtime, and turns out to be entirely faking the whole mess. What is it about young females lately? Fake hate crimes, fake disappearances, fake accusations, fake lawsuits.
Is this a natural difference between the sexes? Or is there something about the educational and cultural inputs aimed at young women these days that tends to push them toward such large fakery?
Trying to remember my own younger days, I do think there is an innate difference involved.
Females are the court reporters of humanity, spending a lifetime recording and replaying conversations, often with amazing numbers of layers. "And Heather says that Jimmy says that Jimmy's mom says that her neighbor says...." (Incidentally, the latest slang gets in the way of this nesting. It's easy enough with says
, but zlike
doesn't take subordinate clauses. Try it: "And Heather zlike Jimmy zlike Jimmy's mom zlike her neighbor zlike...." )
Females are also more prone to build a 'backstory' and then to believe it internally. So they have better tools and talents for this sort of project. A male will try lying, to be sure, but he won't be able to keep the story together long enough to believe it himself, let alone fool others. He has enough trouble remembering what he said a minute ago; females can remember what was said on Oct. 15, 1978 at 3:46 PM.
Still the main question remains: what is driving girls to use those tools so heavily right now? Are they picking up ideas or approval from school? From TV? From magazines?
Update, listening to Fox News playing Wilbanks's 911 call in Albuquerque. I forgot the most obvious female 'tool' for successful fraud: The ability to fake weeping (or other needed emotions) on demand.