08 02 11 - 08:58Sorry, I should clarify: by "adult-teen fantasies" I mean those movies from the 1980s, 1990s and current decade where teenagers struggled to be misfits in a world ruled by blonde, rich, popular cliques who looked down on them:
Now there's research suggesting that aggression increases with peer status, meaning popular kids are the ones who are tormenting others. But here's the twist: Those who are most popular, at the top of the social hierarchy, are the least aggressive.
"They have much more to gain by being nice when theyâre up at that level than by being cruel," theorized lead author Robert Faris, assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Davis. Alternatively, it could be that the most popular kids are "simply different and incredibly nice people." - DURRR
Yeah. The kids on top are the blonde, rich and intelligent ones who don't need to be mean to others. It's the social climbers, the turnip-picking peasants who want to be future kings of industry, that are being cruel to the nerdy, geeky, slovenly, fat, deformed, retarded, slow, etc.