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Edit request from, 26 September 2011

{{edit semi-protected}} A nipper originally was a boy send out by an adult (often his own father) as pickpocket, later a boy assistant to various professions such as a carter, still later (recorded since 1859) a boys' age term roughly equal to toddler The "nipper" word link to the page Nipper, which is "the dog model for the painting His Late Master's Voice". That is completely irrelevant to the word mention in the sentence. Please remove the reference link. (talk) 10:44, 26 September 2011 (UTC)

Done  Chzz  ?  03:55, 28 September 2011 (UTC)


Edit request from , 21 January 2016

Please change "vagina" to "vulva" in the first paragraph. The vagina is a tube connecting the labia minora and the cervix. The vulva encompasses the entire external female reproductive organ.

[Insert place name] Boy

Another context where "boy" can be used regardless of age, which as of yet I don't see in the Article, is to denote the geographic origin of a male. For example, I myself am now 23 (a good 5 years past legal adulthood at 18) and on some occasions I refer to myself as a "Pennsylvania Boy." This has absolutely nothing to do with my age, but it does refer to my sex and the fact that I'm from Pennsylvania.

For a more famous example, the Beatles are often called "the Boys from Liverpool" or more rarely "the Liverpool Boys," again reflecting nothing to do with age but only the fact that all 4 are male and all 4 grew up in Liverpool, England. The Mysterious El Willstro (talk) 22:14, 5 April 2012 (UTC)

Contested deletion

This page should not be speedily deleted because...

Only the picture is to be removed. -- Preceding unsigned comment added by Cattrap (talk o contribs) 09:40, 7 September 2012 (UTC)

Contested deletion

The picture File:Indian_school_boy.jpg has to be removed , since it points towards a particular person and his/her location is pin-pointed in the caption of the picture.So the picture seems to be of personal use; and is useless considering this article. -- Preceding unsigned comment added by Cattrap (talk o contribs) 09:44, 7 September 2012 (UTC)

I have restored the earlier image. I haven't taken the time to figure out when the change was made. If you desire, you can continue nominating the boy on the stairs for deletion on commons. Ryan Vesey 03:21, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

lack of citations, limited coverage of topic, overview section

This article includes a large number of assertions that seem like common sense but that lack citations. This topic is pretty well documented, so we should be able to find expert opinion about what boys are. The article also doesn't spend much time describing boys. Instead, it spends a lot of time discussing the various ways that the term "boy" is used. The disambiguation statement says that this article is about young male humans, and I agree that that's what it should be about. Maybe we need a secondary page for "Boy (word)," as we have for "Man." On a related note, the article has an "overview" section, which is contrary to style guidelines. The lead should be the overview (see WP:LEAD). Leadwind (talk) 01:29, 18 February 2013 (UTC)

Lede image

I don't frankly see the point of the lede image, which could be either of a boy or a girl and which is not an especially striking image in any case. An image of a nude infant boy in which the penis is visible might have some encyclopaedic value in the context. Perhaps the resource administrator @Drmies:, whose new born baby boy is apparently pictured (discussed here) may provide one? C1cada (talk) 13:33, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

It's clearly defined what does and doesn't pass for an image of a boy here. The image currently in the lead is clearly a baby picture (birth-23 months) and not that of a boy (2-12 years). Also there is a policy (somewhere) about using images of identifiable people. SlightSmile 16:49, 12 March 2015 (UTC)
The policy is here Commons:Photographs of identifiable people. The relevant guidance here is that in the case of children, the parent's or guardian's consent must be given, which plainly must be the case here. A more relevant Commons issue is Not educationally useful. My real beef about this is that it's not an especially fine image (I absolutely don't mean that in any spiteful way) and we lose an opportunity to display one that is. I think that's such a pity. c1cada (talk) 17:24, 12 March 2015 (UTC)

Edit request

Please change [[Boi (gender)]] to [[Boi (slang)]] per page move. Thanks. (talk) 15:18, 12 March 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svgDone -- 16:17, 12 March 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 12 May 2015

A young boy from Bangalore

edit to the above

A young boy from Tanzania (talk) 14:12, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

Red information icon with gradient background.svgNot done: The uploader resides in Bangalore, India, so it only makes sense that he took this photo in that or near that location. Also, you have not provided any sources to provide this photo was taken in Africa. --I am k6ka Talk to me! See what I have done 17:01, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
Yes, I would have agreed with k6ka (I was the editor originally to link this fine image into the article - it's curious how few fine images there are of boys on Commons). However the original uploader has now clarified. c1cada (talk) 03:52, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

Please fix: nonsensical sentence.

This is from the 2nd paragraph: "The latter most commonly applies to adult men, either considered in some way immature or inferior, in a position associated with aspects of boyhood, or even without such boyish connotation as age-indiscriminate synonym."

This sentence doesn't make ANY sense...especially that last part

CONCLUSION: the TLDR (read ANALYSIS first if you have the time*)

My translation of the sentence: "One of the primary uses of the word 'boy' is to indicate that a person is defined by the gender role 'boy', and it is used most commonly to classify immature or inferior adult males as 'boys'. It can also be used to distinguish an adult male as a 'boy' even if he doesn't have any 'boyish' qualities (such as being immature or associated with 'boyish' things)."

If that is what the sentence means then it needs to be re-written because the original sentence is confusing to the point of being unintelligible. Also, if that is what the sentence means, I disagree! The most common use of 'boy' is when referring to actual boys, not when insulting or being sarcastic about men....

Lastly, I think that the sentence should just be deleted. Why does the intro section of the "Boy" resource page need to talk about the frequency of the phenomenon of calling a grown man a boy? Just say: "Boy" is used to indicate sex and/or cultural gender roles, and depending on the circumstances the term can be applied to people who are not typically classified as "boys" to call attention to certain hobbies, lifestyle choices, or characteristics they posses which may be considered abnormal.

  • ANALYSIS: I broke the sentence down and tried to figure out what it is supposed to mean. Read this before CONCLUSION if you have the time.

1) "The latter most commonly applies to adult men,"

= this refers to the assertion that "The term boy is...used to indicate...cultural gender role distinctions..." from the previous sentence. So basically what this part of the sentence means is: when a person refers to someone else as a "boy", they are usually using the word to indicate that an adult man (who has certain qualities that are brought up in the next part of the sentence) should be considered to have the identity of "boy" (again, because of certain qualities that he has).

2) "either considered in some way immature or inferior, in a position associated with aspects of boyhood,"

= these are some of the qualities that the adult man who is being called a boy has, which I mentioned (in bold) in the analysis of 1). So basically what this part of the sentence mans is: the reason that the adult man is called a boy is because he is viewed as immature or inferior, or because he is associated with something that only boys are normally associated with.

3) "or even without such boyish connotation" 4) "as age-indiscriminate synonym."

= When something of this general form is written after a list, it usually means that the situation is applicable even if the conditions of the list aren't met. I'm finding it hard to explain, so here's an example of what I mean (with the equivalent parts of the sentence numbered):

"1) All children are wonderful, 2) either with smiling or laughing faces, curious minds full of wonder, 3) or even without such endearing characteristics 4) as precociousness and innocence."

So what that means is that children are great because they smile and are curious, and also that children are great even if they don't have any endearing characteristics. I have no idea what "or even without such boyish connotation as age-indiscriminate synonym" is supposed to mean, but I can attempt to decipher it...assuming if it follows the same general format as my example about children. In essence what it would mean is that a man can be classified as a boy even if he isn't seen as immature or inferior. -- Preceding unsigned comment added by 2605:E000:C7C9:CD00:39C7:4753:9E00:2546 (talk) 07:56, 4 November 2016 (UTC)

I agree that the sentence is unclear and poorly written. I have removed it. While the use of the word boy to describe adults should be discussed in this article (and is treated extensively further down), it does not need to be in the intro. --Acjelen (talk) 15:18, 10 April 2017? (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 12 April 2017

Bjburke (talk) 20:10, 12 April 2017 (UTC)
Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. Cannolis (talk) 20:59, 12 April 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 3 July 2017

Boys skinny dipping in a sacred tank in Tiruvanamalai, India

still missing (talk) 03:14, 3 July 2017 (UTC)

Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. jd22292 (Jalen D. Folf) 04:00, 3 July 2017 (UTC)

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Semi-protected edit request on 16 February 2018

boys learn better in co-ed schools while girls learn better in girls only schools. (talk) 05:12, 16 February 2018 (UTC)

 Question: Do you have a reliable source to support your statement? DRAGON BOOSTER ? 05:20, 16 February 2018 (UTC)
 Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. Sakura CarteletTalk 22:15, 16 February 2018 (UTC)

Small fry and half-pint, from "Non-function specific analogous terms"

In the US, "small fry" and "half-pint" are not inherently insulting, nor specific to boys. In fact, when used by a parent they are terms of endearment. (In literature, see Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series, in which "Pa" refers to Laura as "Half-Pint" frequently.) Older siblings might use these as terms of endearment as well, though they can also be used antagonistically. Most of these terms can be used in a diminutive sense, but that depends on the speaker and the context. "Small fry" and "half-pint" belong in this list, but they should not be described as "rather insulting." Like all other epithets, context is everything. Dcs002 (talk) 19:28, 2 April 2018 (UTC)


The most apparent difference between a typical boy and a typical girl is the brain, not genitalia -- Preceding unsigned comment added by 2A01:11AF:457:FD00:54A3:FD9C:2CC:884B (talk) 02:25, 8 April 2019 (UTC)

Multiple issues

I have tagged the article for multiple issues. First, the article is missing a ton of major categories of information, including information on boys' physical, mental, and social characteristics and development. (There is much more information that could be added, including boys in sports, literature, film, etc.) The article gives an inordinate amount of attention to the various ways the word "boy" is used, while offering remarkably little information about boys themselves. This makes the article unbalanced, as does the uncritical inclusion of highly debatable and controversial information on transgender issues. The article has been tagged since 2009 for containing references, but very few inline citations; nevertheless, many entire sections of the article remain completely unsourced (I have added a tag about that, too). Some of the content may be original research; it's impossible to tell, because almost nothing is sourced. SunCrow (talk) 08:46, 25 April 2019 (UTC)

I have added a tag requesting expert attention. SunCrow (talk) 18:10, 30 April 2019 (UTC)
Agree with most of this, the article definitely needs a lot of work. But regarding the "debatable and controversial information on transgender issues", it is important to follow mainstream sources and not to present a sense of false balance (WP:FALSEBALANCE.) WanderingWanda (they/them) (t/c) 04:16, 1 May 2019 (UTC)
Added another tag regarding the lede's self-contradictory definition of "boy." SunCrow (talk) 04:19, 10 May 2019 (UTC)
How is it self-contradictory, exactly? WanderingWanda (talk) 04:34, 10 May 2019 (UTC)
In any case, note that the Template:Multiple_issues page says: if an article has many problems, please consider listing only the most important. A lengthy list is often less helpful than a shorter one. Remember that this tag is not intended as a badge of shame. I'm going to go ahead and prune it a bit. WanderingWanda (talk) 04:54, 10 May 2019 (UTC)
I have fixed the problem regarding self-contradiction. SunCrow (talk) 06:06, 10 May 2019 (UTC)
I don't necessarily have a problem with your shortened lead, however, I disagree with your reasoning. I still don't see any contradiction. I'm guessing you thought that this sentence:
The most apparent difference between a typical boy and a typical girl is the genitalia
contradicts this sentence:
However, some intersex children with ambiguous genitals, and transgender children who were assigned female at birth, may also be classified or self-identify as a boy.
But it's not a contradiction to say that typically boys are one way, however there are certain exceptions where they are another way. WanderingWanda (talk) 06:57, 10 May 2019 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 5 May 2019

Please cite the first paragraph in the "Etymology" section as coming from the etymology source that is listed at the bottom of the article because that is where the information comes from. Wiki.funness (talk) 03:40, 5 May 2019 (UTC) Wiki.funness (talk) 03:40, 5 May 2019 (UTC)

 Done - Þjarkur (talk) 11:27, 5 May 2019 (UTC)

Difference between the Boy page and the Girl Page

rant about lack of concern for boys

You can take a look at the girl's page to get an idea of how boys are treated in the modern world. Lack of concern shown for the boys is deplorable. There's a section on girls page about child labor and how it affects girls but it is common knowledge boys are the majority of child labor and in fact, they are the 90% of hard adult level child laborers. Issues to add

  • An alarming number of boys dropping out of schools and falling behind girls.
  • sexual abuse
  • Genital mutilation of boys.
  • Child soldiers.
  • Lack of privacy for boys in schools, camps, hospitals compared to girls.
  • and many others.


-- Preceding unsigned comment added by Aksoullanka (talk o contribs) May 10, 2019 (UTC)

Collapsed rant per WP:NOTFORUM and WP:TPO. Mathglot (talk) 03:01, 2 July 2019 (UTC)

Moved OR sections to Talk page

I'm moving some sections that are riddled with assumptions and original research here to the talk page, where we can attempt to separate legitimate, verifiable content from OR, and then reinstate the content, properly sourced. The sections are available in the history, of course, but they can be more easily worked on, here.

Much of this information has been present for a long time; see for example this 2006 version, back when sourcing was much less observed than it is now. But the fact that it has been here so long unchallenged, does not exempt it from our verifiability policy. Editors here may want to consider another approach (which I would support), namely WP:TNT.

Section §Usage for adults from revision 904379600 of the article
Usage for adults

Many occasions occur when an adult male is commonly referred to as a boy. A person's boyfriend or loverboy may be of any age; this even applies to a 'working' call-boy, toyboy (though younger than his lover). Reflecting the general aesthetic preference for youth, one says pretty boy (e.g. in the nickname of Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd, who committed his first bank robbery at age 30) or Adonis (name of a mythological youth) even when a male beauty is clearly of riper age. In terms (used pejoratively or neutrally) for homosexuals such as batty boy (alongside "batty man"; from "bottom") or "bum boy", age is not essential, but the connotation of immaturity can strengthen insulting use.

Groups of adult male friends engaged in male bonding are often called "the boys". It is most common to refer to men, irrespective of age or even in an adult age group, as boys in the context of a team (especially all-male), such as old boys for networking of adult men who attended the same school(s) as boys, or as professional colleagues, e.g. "the boys at the office, - police station etc." (often all adults). The members of a student fraternity can be called frat(ernity) boys, technically preferable to the pleonasm frat-bro(ther), and remain so for life as adults, after graduation.

Boy Scouts at summer camp in the United States

In sports 'the boys' commonly refers to the teammates; e.g., UK football managers quite often refer to their players as "The boy so-and-so" and this usage is by no means restricted to the youngest players, though it is rarely applied to the most senior.

In U.S. urban slang, particularly in African American and Latino slang, the term boy is used with a possessive as meaning friend (my boy, his boys), presumably as a reduction of homeboy, originally a male from the same area.

In some cases, the word boy is used merely to designate the age of the (male) person, irrespective of the function, as in altar boy, a minor acting as liturgical acolyte, or in Boy Scouts, an organisation specifically for boys. Thus the compound -man can then be replaced by -boy, as in footboy; or boy is simply added, either as a prefix (e.g., in boy-racer) or as a suffix (e.g., in Teddy Boy).

An adult equivalent (with or without -man) is not to be expected when -boy designates an apprentice (for which some languages use a compound with the equivalent of boy, e.g. leerjongen 'learning boy' in Dutch) or lowest rank implying specific on the job training if promotion is to be obtained, as in kitchen boy. Similarly schoolboy only applies to minors; the modern near-synonym pupil originally designated a minor in Roman law as being under a specific adult's authority, as in loco parentis.

Expressions such as "boys will be boys" (i.e., a male always retains a tendency for boyish games or mischief) allude to stereotypically ascribed characteristics of boys and men; in the term tomboy, a woman's (according to the counterpart-gender stereotype) uncharacteristically bold nature is even described solely by comparing her to a boy.

The use of "boy", (like kid) in fantasy or descriptive nicknames for adult men, may also connote to an informal or naughty image of boyhood.

In such terms as 'city boy' or 'home boy', the age notion is at most anachronistic, as they indicate any male who grew up (or by extension lived a long time) in a certain environment.

Section Usage for adults moved here from article.

Section §Specific uses and compounds§§Military from revision 897304852 of the article
Specific uses and compounds

. . .


The term 'our boys' is commonly used for a nation's soldiers, often with sympathy. Given the physical demands of battle, recruits are preferably in their physical prime, but adult professionals remain included in the term as long as they remain in service. A case where the term is formally used for (adult) men is sideboy, a member of an even-numbered group of seamen posted in two rows at the Quarterdeck when a visiting dignitary boards or leaves a ship. In the Ottoman Empire, the young, mainly Christian military recruits for life (often forcibly enlisted by 'devshirme') were officially called acemi oglanlar ("novice boys").

Thus "-boy" can enter the nickname for a particular nation's soldiers, e.g. the US (infantry) doughboy, or a specific force, e.g. Fly-boy is slang for an airman.

Furthermore, specific terms refer to minors used in the armed forces:

  • Drummer boy
  • Ship's boy is a minor in naval training; boy seaman refers to specific, low-paid apprentice ranks, notably in the Royal Navy; until the middle of the twentieth century, they were the only Navy staff subject (like their civilian age-peers, at home and in school) to physical punishment, usually spanking, traditionally administered on the bare bottom (as in English public schools; the adults were lashed on the backside above the waist), either formally (ordered in court martial, publicly executed on deck) or, more often but less severely, summary; the same was true of a midshipman, also a minor, but indicated with "-man" rather than "-boy", possibly reflecting their higher status as future naval officers. Sometimes in ex-servicemen's parades, an old man is described as "ship's boy" to say that he served so classed in the Navy as a boy.

However, when a minor in military employ is considered (historically often far less restrictive then nowadays) too young to be a 'normal' warrior (illegal under present UN rules, but without precise enforceable age limits), he's called boy soldier, regardless whether he's used as an armed fighter or only in logistic or similar functions such as bearer.

Section §Specific uses and compounds§§Military moved here from the article. Mathglot (talk) 21:28, 1 July 2019 (UTC)

Four subsections of Specific uses and compounds from revision 897304852 of the article
Specific uses and compounds

. . .

Domestic, residential and similar 'personal' attendants
  • Bellboy was originally a ship's bell-ringer, later a hotel page.
  • Busboy is a rank in restaurants etc. below (head) waiter, fitting for trainees but may be held by ripe adults, even under younger (e.g. better qualified) superiors
  • Cabana boy
  • Cabin boy
  • Hall boy
  • Hamam o?lan? "bath boy" (also called Tellak) working in a Turkish bath.
  • Houseboy, or often "boy" for short, became a common term for domestic staff, notably non-European natives in the Asian and African colonies, adopted as such in other languages, e.g. in Dutch and French (also in the Belgian colonies).
  • Kitchen boy, below the cook(s); in a large household there may be specific functions, such as spitboy
  • Linkboy like linkman meant torch- or other light-bearer
  • Page, from the Greek ? pais, again in many languages, already in Hellenistic times paides basilikoi 'royal (i.e. court) boys'.
Cultural and religious life
  • Altar boy (see above)
  • Choir boy designates a boy (always a minor) singer in a choir; here applies a specific physiological, artistically relevant criterion: they remain a musical category of their own (boy soprano, also known as a treble) until their voice 'breaks', during puberty, to join one of the adult male voice registers (countertenor (closest to treble), alto, tenor, baritone, or bass); only the castrato may (not guaranteed) remain a soprano as an adult man; historically the term was designed for all-male (mainly church) choirs, with men with already broken voices (often former choir boys), in modern times it also applies to mixed choirs.
  • Boys' game
Two boys playing in El Salvador
Rural life and professions
  • Cowboy originally designated a herdsboy employed as cowherd, but lost the age notion, first retaining the connotation of inferior status, later applying to the whole ranch life culture; by contrast "shepherd's boy" (rather herding sheep or goats, representing less capital) remained restricted to minors.
Commercial and other services

Often the term "boy" describes positions of the trainee type, such as stable boy (a junior stable hand).

  • Best boy in a film crew denotes the chief assistant, usually of the gaffer or key grip, next in line to be promoted; an example of a use where the term is traditionally unaltered in crediting female incumbents
  • Breaker boys were boys between 8 and 12 years old who worked as coal breakers in U.S. coal mines. The job resulted in a high number of fatal and debilitating injuries and the practice of employing children as coal breakers largely ended by 1920 due to the efforts of the National Child Labor Committee.
  • Office boy and copy boy refer to a young(est) employee (i.e. lacking experience), in training and/or performing menial services such as carrying typewritten texts between offices of a newspaper.
  • Even into the early 20th century, the British empire systematically employed boy clerks, including a specific rank of boy copyist, recruited by examination (despite the name, requiring schooling) and reserved for candidates aged 15-18, not retained in that rank after the age of 20.

Certain jobs need so little training or formal qualifications that they can easily be performed as student jobs, and thus tend to be filled mostly or exclusively by minors, as it would not pay to employ an adult at or above minimum wage. Thus an equivalent word with the compound man (or similar) may be the rarer one, or even inexistent. Examples include delivery boy, errand boy, messenger boy and various specific terms naming the product to deliver, such as paperboy (closest adult counterpart postman), pizza boy (alongside pizzaman), or to serve, such as a potboy (drinks waiter, or a gather of empties). In other cases the compound mentions a crucial attribute of his task, e.g. ball boy (more recently also girls) in tennis.

Boys in Germany performing a puppet play

In some cases his small, light body makes a boy a better choice, e.g. as jockey where no weight handicap is in force.

  • A nipper originally was a boy send out by an adult (often his own father) as pickpocket, later a boy assistant to various professions such as a carter, still later (recorded since 1859) a boys' age term roughly equal to toddler

Four subsections of section §Specific uses and compounds moved here from the article. Mathglot (talk) 21:49, 1 July 2019 (UTC)

There is a lot more unsourced OR in the article going back a decade or more that could be removed, but now I wonder if trying to "fix" the article is really the best approach, or whether it would be easier just to WP:NUKEIT and start over. So, I'm going to hold off moving any more unsourced content here, for the time being. Please comment at #Blow it up and start over. Thanks, Mathglot (talk) 22:23, 1 July 2019 (UTC)

Blow it up and start over

This article has so much unsourced original research (see previous section) and poor internal organization, that I'm not sure there's much here worth saving. This may be one of those rare cases, where it's better to just blow the whole thing up, and start over from scratch.

I think an incremental approach where one tries to navigate from where the article is now, to a decent subsection hierarchy, and to separate unsourced original research from valid statements and organize the whole thing into a coherent whole, may be far more difficult than just starting over. I support a restart from zero, and wanted to hear what others thought. Mathglot (talk) 22:07, 1 July 2019 (UTC)

Mathglot, I agree. There isn't much worth saving here. As per my April 25 post above ("multiple issues"), I think it would be ideal to have expert involvement as well. SunCrow (talk) 22:29, 1 July 2019 (UTC)
I don't really object to this idea, either. WanderingWanda (talk) 07:24, 6 July 2019 (UTC)

Possible future Boy article

I wanted to start a conversation here, where we could talk about a possible organization of the article, if we decide to start over. Here are some thoughts. Mathglot (talk) 23:09, 1 July 2019 (UTC)

Summary style

In thinking about a possible future Boy article, and what it might contain, I first checked EB 1911 (it has no article on 'Boy'), and the WP articles Child and Girl. This obviously merits a lot more thought, but at first blush, I'm thinking that we should follow Summary style, in which the article "Child" is the parent article, and has [will have] brief, summary sections entitled "#Boy" and "Girl" (t.b.a.), and then the articles "Boy" and "Girl" should each be organized as child articles of "Child".[a]

To some extent, at the organizational level, it would be nice if Boy and Girl had similar, parallel section hierarchies, and avoided duplication with "Child". (This is not to imply that the organization at "Girl" in its current form is ideal, or even good; I only mean that the two articles should look similar in organization at the very highest level, with such differences as are appropriate to the subjects.)

Material common to both "Boy" and "Girl" should be moved up to "Child", leaving a brief summary in the child articles, with the sections in the "Boy" and "Girl" articles linking to the "Child" article with a {{Further}} template. Conversely, the "Child" article could have {{Main}} or {{Details}} templates linking to the "Boy" and "Girl" articles, explaining further details of the differences.

At the same time, the "Boy" (and "Girl") article should be considered the Parent article for some topics which already have detailed articles about relevant subtopics. For example, "Boy" (and "Girl") should have a section on #Puberty; but it should be just a brief paragraph or two outlining the basics, as this topic is already covered in significant detail in other articles. In this case, the "Boy#Puberty" section might have a {{Main}} link at the top of the section to Puberty#Changes in males.

More detail about how to implement summary style articles can be found at Resource: Summary style. Mathglot (talk) 23:09, 1 July 2019 (UTC)


  1. ^ The terminology of Summary style includes the concepts of "parent" articles and "child" articles which appear in a pyramidal hierarchy, with the "parent" article at a "higher" level and being more of a summary, and the "child" article being at a "lower" level and containing more detail. A single article can occupy both functions simultaneously, being child to one article, and parent to another; for example, Pacific Theater (World War II) might be "child" to World War II, and "parent" to Battle of Midway. This can become a little confusing when one of the articles being discussed is the resource article "Child", which in this case, is "parent" to the articles Boy and Girl. In an attempt to avoid confusion, when I am talking about the resource article "Child", it is always capitalized and hyperlinked (and may be quoted, or not). When talking about a "child article" in the summary style sense, it is lower case, and not hyperlinked. See also, Use-mention distinction.
Mathglot, all of that sounds fine and reasonable to me. SunCrow (talk) 00:17, 3 July 2019 (UTC)
Mathglot, do you perceive boy as a word whose opposite is girl (as everyday society does) or do you perceive it as a word whose opposite is man (as you're pointing towards based on how you're proposing the article) Georgia guy (talk) 00:41, 3 July 2019 (UTC)
If I had to pick an opposite, I guess "girl", yes. But rather, I prefer to think of the concepts "boy" and "girl" taxonomically as sister terms at the same level of hierarchy, with the parent concept in common being "child". Does that answer your question? I don't see what relevance the idea of "opposites" have in improving the article, though. I think the Summary style paradigm is a good model that would work well in these three articles, but it is not the only way to approach it. Mathglot (talk) 05:12, 3 July 2019 (UTC)

New sources

I note that Rjensen has added numerous additional sources to Further reading. This is exactly what we need, regardless which approach we take going forward. Mathglot (talk) 05:23, 6 July 2019 (UTC)

thanks. let me highly recommend the very rich encyclopedia on Boyhood in America Rjensen (talk) 06:59, 6 July 2019 (UTC)

Reality check

It's not possible in the present climate to write a sane and decent article about what it is, or could be, to be a boy. The current politically correct position is that males are toxic. Boys are males, so that's an end to the matter. The article should be reduced to a stub which merely states that boys are the precursors to the vileness and political incorrectness of being an adult male. - Epipelagic (talk) 05:54, 12 August 2019 (UTC)

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