Sitting through two hours of the annual elementary school talent show last night, I just had to take notice (as I have every year) how boys and girls generally differ in the sorts of things they share on stage.
You will see both boys and girls get up individually and share a particular talent (a musical instrument, a magic trick, an animal trick) solo. Occasionally boys will be part of a comedy routine or even a small band.
To be very blunt, you almost never see three boys getting up and singing unison (well, at least that is the intention ) some sappy teen pop song. (go die hannah montana... ick)
You also won't see them wear matching outfits and doing an interactive dance routine together, or jumping ropes together.
Girls who normally are quiet in public and never want the attention anywhere else will still go on stage with their friends and do a very physical (though silent) dance routine in emulation of their teen heroines.
This doesn't just occur -- it actually predominates and comprises the bulk of each year's talent show.
Does anyone have insight on how and why this happens, or what it is, or what they personally experienced growing up? How might play/relational styles differ between boys and girls?