Why was it shocking years ago if a girl fought another girl with fists and kicks?

Danielle93
I just learned recently my mother used to punch and kick when fighting another girl. She went to an all girls school at the time. She was 13-16 years old back then.

She only fought when the girls instigated it or got physical first. The girls would then complain to the teacher or assistant principal about my mom fighting like a man. Whenever another girl wanted to fight, my mom used to square up and say ''you suck, why are you just slapping and pulling hair, fight me like a guy''. She didn't know and my mom ended up beating her.

The girls used to think that wasn't normal behavior. That was shocking to them. Why was it shocking back then for a girl to throw punches and kicks?
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9 mo
She's not a tomboy nor ever was. She just didn't take crap from them. I don't get why was it a surprise back then. Nowadays, that's getting more common.
Why was it shocking years ago if a girl fought another girl with fists and kicks?
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