“Girls just want to be mean”

In Margaret Talbot’s (quite long, but very good) New York Times article, she surveys the world of teenage girls’ “relational aggression”–the way they lash out at their peers psychologically. Whereas boys are physically cruel to each other, the thinking goes, girls manipulate and gossip about their enemies. Talbot’s conclusion: “Girls Just Want to Be Mean.”

Keller and Friedel in the EPL

In soccer news, two American goalkeepers playing in the English Premier League are having vastly different seasons. Kasey Keller, traditionally the US number one, can’t break through to the Tottenham Hotspur first team.

Meanwhile, Blackburn Rovers’ Brad Friedel, who normally backs up Keller on the American national team, is starting–and earning enthusiastic praise–for his club squad. If this trend continues, it’ll be interesting to see who starts for the US in the World Cup this summer.