Code of Honor Soviet boys
Post-war childhood, childhood in the crowded courtyards of “Khrushchev”, in the courtyards of the “sleeping areas” of the seventies and eighties - the memories of this time are saturated with the romance of most members of the older generation.
This is not surprising. The children then read, and read much more than now, these were books about musketeers and noble robbers. On television and in cinemas they did not show films that abounded with scenes of cruelty, and the spirit of struggle for existence was cultivated in society, but collectivism, fraternity and mutual assistance. Maybe that's why adolescents who grew up in the courtyards of wooden barracks, "Khrushchev" and block high-rise buildings, formed a kind of code of honor?
Fought in those days mostly guys. Fights of girls, of course, happened, but they were rare, and did not cause such excitement as now. Fist clashes were the prerogative of men. Moreover, for each age there was a ritual of fighting.There were general rules that everyone followed.
First of all: always fought one on one. The beating by the group is extremely ugly and was applied in the rarest, simply exceptional cases. The second rule: calling for the help of elders or complaining to them was considered a sign of cowardice, they did not forgive. And finally, the third rule: a fight should have a reason. Fighting just for the fight no one loved. Younger schoolchildren converged, usually after school, somewhere behind the schoolyard. The fight collected a lot of curious. At first, the fighters shoved each other with the words: “you run up!”, “Look, now you will get it!”, “You will receive it yourself!” And like that. After that, they tried to grab the neck of the other, and both fell to the ground. They beat him mostly with a cam in the nose. The one who first began to cry was losing.
The elders did not fight before the first tears, but before the first blood. At that time, in schools, boxing was in vogue, different kinds of wrestling, and by the 80s karate was especially fond of. However, in ordinary street fights, these techniques were rarely used. It was enough to break the opponent's nose, put a bruise under the eye, kick in the groin. Most grown-up boys fought no longer before the first blood, but before the obvious victory of one of the fighters.
At the same time, there were rules that were adhered to very tightly: you can beat, you can cripple; not lying down; to beat the one who separates, also impossible. The surrounding people supported the fighters with shouts and advice, however, if the fight became too violent, the fighters would be pulled away.
Rules in relation to "stranger"
If the boy appeared in a new campaign, in a new court, in a new class or other team, and began to boast uncontrollably, talking about his imaginary exploits and achievements, he was offered to prove his boast. If the evidence was not presented, such a person was provided with universal contempt.
If a young man started dating a girl from another court or from another district, he should have been ready to prove to the local punks that he was a man and could stand up for himself. While he was escorting the girl to the entrance, he was not touched, but as soon as the girl disappeared behind the door, the "disassembly" began. Therefore, the most prudent pugs are usually still coming up to her house with the young lady, thinking about "ways of escape".
Rules for girls
As already mentioned, the guy in the presence of his girlfriend did not touch.This was considered very offensive to the young lady. And in general, to hit the girl was unthinkable. However, if the girl started to smoke, they lost respect for her. It was even worse if the young lady suddenly became known as a “girl of easy virtue”. With such normal guys did not want to meet, and in relation to this could afford any, the most offensive trick. However, if the guy called any girl a whore, and it turned out that this was not so, then the guy was severely beaten. Relations between senior and junior Younger defended from strangers, but "their" could "teach" the cuff or other cuff. Elders were respected and obeyed. In response, the elders had to stand up for the younger ones and resolve their disputes and conflicts.
Relationship between friends
It was impossible to hand over friends, never and under no circumstances. A friend was on the first call to help. Friends often "covered up" a friend who escorted the young lady into a strange courtyard. Traitors were considered to be friends. Is it all true in this code of honor, today it is difficult to say. Somewhere, probably, it was exactly so, somewhere - a little different. There is no doubt that many of these rules are often violated.But it’s hard to argue with the fact that the street wars of boys of the seventies-eighties cannot be compared with the current beatings that they take off on the phone with ecstasy in order to put it on the net.