What prompts Scout to think, "Jem is the one getting more like a girl?"It's in the book To Kill a Mockingbird in Chapter 25

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At the very beginning of Part Two of Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jem is feeling growing pains and scolds Scout that "It's time you started bein' a girl and acting right!" A tearful Scout responded to Calpurnia that all Jem needed was to get beat up, "and I ain't big enough."

Scout sees Jem's feminine side emerge in Chapter 25 when he takes pity on a roly-poly that she is about to squash.

    "Don't do that, Scout. Set him out on the back steps."
    "Jem, are you crazy?..."
    ... Feeling sleepy, I decided to end things. My hand was going down on him when Jem spoke.

Jem was still reeling from the conviction and death of Tom Robinson, who he recognized as a crippled, innocent man who had been wrongfully punished--one of the story's mockingbirds. Jem was likening the roly-poly (a type of caterpillar) to Tom--to a mockingbird--small and weak, "they don't bother you."

    "Reckon you're at the stage now where you don't kill flies and mosquitos now, I reckon," I said...
    Jem was the one who was getting more like a girl every day, not I.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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