“Boys,” Anne Moir and David Jessel in Brain Sex: The Real Difference Between Men and Women, “tend to seek out dares or challenges to flex their adolescent muscles in obedience to the dictates of their adolescent hormones.” They seem particularly unruly in all male environments without the tempering influence of girls.
So Mitt Romney’s adolescent antics seem par for the course. He was, after all, a student at an all boys school. Whether or not it is true that he bullied a classmate, cruelly cutting his hair, he doesn’t seem to have kept up with his antics in the past 47 years, particularly in the past 43, that is, since March 21, 1969, a few days after celebrating his 22nd birthday, when he married his high school sweetheart, Ann Lois Davies.
Maybe it was dating her in 1965 that caused him to clean up his act. Women do have that effect on men.
The prankster Mitt knew he needed to become a better person in order to merit the fetching Miss Davies. And given that Ann had broken up with Mitt after they had “informally agreed to marriage after his senior prom in June 1965“, he knew he’d have to be on his best behavior to win her back.
Mitt very much seems devoted to Ann. Just watch him when they’re on stage together and she’s introducing him; he’s got this goofy affectionate look, as if he can’t believe this woman would, of all the men in the world, choose him — and stick with him for more than four decades:
So perhaps Romney bullied a classmate. The story, if true, paints a picture of a callous, insensitive young man. But, things have changed for that young man in the intervening forty-odd years. The adolescent Mitt Romney, however, is not running for president. The former Ann Davies’s husband is.