06/01/2015 09:49 GMT | Updated 07/01/2015 07:59 GMT

This Is What Happens When You Ask A Boy To Slap A Girl

What happens when you ask a boy to slap a girl? Nothing is the answer.

A group of boys were individually interviewed as part of a social media experiment in Italy. They were each asked a series of questions, starting with their name, age and what they want to be when they grow up.

Then they are introduced to a pretty young girl. They all become somewhat shy and are asked to pay the girl a compliment.

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Then they are asked to caress her and none of the boys hesitate - some stroke her hair, while others touch her arm. They are then asked to pull a funny face, and the girl laughs.

It's all a hunky dory, if slightly awkward, until things turn a dark corner.

The boys are asked to slap the girl... and they all refuse, point blank.

Their reasons are simple:

"Why? Cause she's a girl, I can't do it."

"Because you're not supposed to hit girls, I don't want to hurt her."

"Girls shouldn't be hit, not even with a flower."

"I'm against violence."

"Why? Because I'm a man!"

And then the video's slogan flashes across the screen: "In the kids' world, women don't get hit."

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