Gender equality with hair lice
December 23, 2017 8:27am CST
I have a cousin. She is firebrand like me. So when we were young, (not exactly young but around 20 or so), she had a louse emerging from her hair. She sure had long straight hair. She slowly collected a few, in a small box. That night when her brother fell asleep, she gave those lice a new world. The following morning, she announced, why is it that only girls should suffer them. Let guys also experience it. Incidentally, getting lice is easy out here, in hostels. She got them in her hostel. Have you done anything so smart?
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I never got lice, they are relatively rare in France, although they come back times to times in kindergarten and elementary schools. Doctors have to report each case to a national database. I had a look and there were 74 cases reported last week in France.
@vandana7 About typhus Wikipedia says that sporadic cases have been seen in France among homeless people. There is a warning for typhus among cats in my area actually, but I am not sure it is the same typhus. Thinking at your discussion, all my family got the mumps when I was a kid, except me, despite of the efforts of my parents to transmit me the disease.
I've never heard that lice prefer female hosts. I had lice at the age of three as my mother told me. I got them from playing on a meadow which belonged to my grandfather where returning soldiers (after the end of WW2) lay down to rest on their march home.
Same as @MALUSE and my father told me all the time that during WW2 many soldiers had lice. Mom told me that in school they checked both girls and boys for lice. We never had the problem in our family. They almost disappeared in Italy until a few years ago.
Lice had virtually disappeared in Germany, too, but have come back due to international travelling. Some years ago two girls caught some when holidaying in Sicily, maybe in a youth hostel. They didn't realise it until they were back home. Unknowingly, they spread the lice among their classmates and the whole form had to be de-loused and had to stay at home for quite some time until the problem had passed. The classmates were not too unhappy about this. :-)
• Peoria, Arizona
Girls mostly get lice because their hair is long, nice, and clean, they love clean hair. But here, i think it is pretty equal. I had friends who were boys that got them and then they gave them to me. with my long thick hair, it was the worst!
I have not had lice for what 35 odd years, but I am bracing myself for an attack. My neighbor's daughter will soon go to regular school, and she will bring home some. Not that she uses my comb or anything. But she does use my computer and chair and even my bed. lol