Bad Boy, Good Girl

I’m torn.

I don’t believe men are inherently bad. I think some of them are misinformed. I think some of them have been misguided. I think many of them would do well to read 12 Rules for Life, reclaim their strength, and redefine their manhood.

I don’t believe women are naturally helpless. I think some of them are misinformed. I think some of them have been misguided. I think many of them would do well to read Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts, reclaim their power, and redefine their womanhood.

I’m torn because I see hopeful, bright-eyed girls assuming the role of victim. For some reason, they don’t realize it’s an option to be anything but. I’m torn because I see motivated, eager boys led to believe that intimidating someone into submission is a form of strength. For some reason, they don’t understand that one creates his own value through integrity and action.

This is overly simplistic. But it’s the first thing that came to mind when my student came to me and said, “A boy in my class said I was so nice he wouldn’t be surprised if I got raped.” She thought it was supposed to be a compliment.  We had a conversation. The kind of conversation I wish someone had with me when I was her age. Maybe I’m projecting my experiences. Or maybe I’m one of many who didn’t have a clue that my voice mattered.

Unstoppable

Photo: Etty Cole

 

 

 


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