“Boys will be boys” took social media by storm on Wednesday as it became the top trend in Pakistan after it was one of topics in the English section of the Central Superior Services (CSS) 2023 exams. The English essay is notorious for being one of the most difficult parts of the CSS exams to clear.
A meme material becomes a decisive topic in #CSS2023 essay.— Sarwar Zia (@Saarwarr) February 1, 2023
Welcome to 2023 pic.twitter.com/rn3S2zrCtd
As soon as the exam ended, applicants took to social media sharing how the bizarre topic made an appearance in the examinations.
The Paper Setter was a memer😭#CSS2023 pic.twitter.com/46Hm2zyYzr— Snake🐍 (@faltubatnh) February 1, 2023
On one hand, it ignited chucklesome takes and on the other it raised the debate of not holding boys accountable resulting in toxic masculinity and perpetuating patriarchal norms.
#Fpsc #CSS2023— Salal Baloch (@S_baloc) February 1, 2023
The way boys are making fun of the essay titled, 'boys will be boys,' ignoring the fact that it is a serious social thing, the examiner was right when he said boys will be boys
A twitter user praised the examiner for putting forward a topic of discussion that is necessary. “Boys will be boys is actually in favour of women if you look between the lines. It targets toxic masculinity and male privilege where women are mistreated and subjugated. Aim was to emancipate women in this. Competitive exam for a reason.”
Boys will be boys is actually in favour of women if you look between the lines. It targets toxic masculinity and male privilege where women are mistreated and subjugated. Aim was to emancipate women in this. Competitive exam for a reason 👏 #CSS2023— Hamail Tahir (@Hamailtahir97) February 1, 2023
The CSS is one of one of 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.
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