Much of the research, on boys’ violence towards girls is problematised, and linked to sexist attitudes held by boys towards girls. In this article I intend to show that, in discussing violence, violence towards girls is not generally accepted among the otherwise violent boys in this study. In a study of violent boys in residential care, undergoing Aggression Replacement Training (ART) the issue becomes pertinent in an ART-discussion. All, but one, of the boys replies negatively to the statements: “you should not hit girls?”. One of the boys discloses that he has hit a girl once. In different accounts he elaborates the motives for doing this, and works to justify his actions. He gives two accounts of the episode in the ART-lesson; in an interview afterwards he produces yet another version. In this article I examine the variations he gives of what happened, how he is striving to position himself as morally justifiable and produce a successful masculine position for himself.
Masculinity, violence, interaction, categorisations, discourse analysis, child studies