“Boys will be boys” took social media by storm on Wednesday as it became the top trend in Pakistan after it was one of the topics in the English section of the Central Superior Services (CSS) 2023 exams. The English essay is infamous for being one of the most difficult parts of the CSS exams to clear.
As soon as the exam ended, applicants took to social media to share how the bizarre topic made an impression in the examinations. On one hand, it kindled chucklesome takes and, on the other, it raised the debate of not holding boys accountable for resulting in toxic manliness and perpetuating patriarchal norms.
A Twitter user applauded the examiner for putting forward a topic of discussion that is essential. “Boys will be boys is actually in favor of women if you look between the lines. It targets toxic masculinity and male privilege where women are mistreated and subjugated. The aim was to emancipate women in this. Competitive exam for a reason.”
The CSS is one of the most popular examinations in Pakistan with 32,059 candidates appearing each year. In 2022, 20,262 candidates took the exam with only 1.94 percent passing.