I don't believe this one bit. I always felt that whoever started this idea was someone who was jealous of a very talented young man and wanted him to feel badly. To me the only thing that can limit who can participate in the arts is the talent or imagination of the person not their gender. Plus if the arts was only filled with females that would not make it very "artful" in my opinion. Sure there are males that are gay in the arts but being gay is not limited having a career in the arts. There are many homosexual males that are professionals, doctors, lawyers, and athletes.
It may be that boys are more competitive in sports and academics than girls are, but I believe that's because they are encouraged to be that way and girls are not. Just taking in consideration the culture that we live in boys are always encouraged to be more agressive and girls, well we were encouraged to be "submissive" in nature, more docile. As a girl I was competitive in sports and academics (more so in sports). I loved playing ball with the guys anytime over playing house with the girls. I was called a "tomboy", but I didn't care. But I realize that was my personality and had nothing to do with my gender. No one really would know I was such a tomboy then because I'm such a "girly girl" now
I agree with this 100% Many young guys are have ran a crossed who are athletes main concerns are only their sports. Their academics come last. If you run across a boy who plays a sport if you ask him what are you going to be when you grow up 9-out of 10 will say something that deals with the sport they play. If you ask a young girl what do she want to be you probably would hear a doctor, teacher and even a lawyer.
I do not belive that boys are more competitive in sports and academic than girls are. 25 years after title ix was passed the number of girls playing in school and community sports is approaching that of boys who participate. Personally I believe this stereotyping comes from society and the way they believe boys and girls should act and behave. However, in this day and time you see more and more girls playing sports, whom are just as aggressive, passionate, and competitive as boys.
I have noticed some classmates jump at answering this as though it is completely a myth. I have to disagree with you all. I recently took a child development course in which the text discussed several factors that contribute to these stereotypes. There are many reasons why boys and girls are interested in some things and not others. Male and female brain function is NOT the same; and although there are always exceptions to the rules, the truth is, the male brain will focus more on one particular subject that the female brain will not. It is also an explanation as to why boys who suffer from disorders such as autism, lack cognitive development in some areas, and not in others. It takes some research, but it is not a myth.