Boys Will Be Girls Will Be Boys

In retrospect there is a hint of gender politics in Eric Partridge's entry on "boys will be boys"in his 1964 compilation A Book of Essential Quotations. He adds to the quotation from Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Anthony Hope's gloss:

"Boys will be boys." "And even that," I interposed, "wouldn't matter if only we could prevent girls from being girls."
The source of that quip is The Dolly Dialogues [1894].

And so for day 1963