The thing is, while my friends with daughters are striving to protect their girls from the world, I am striving to protect the world from my son.
boys will be boys
We foolishly set the bar lower for boys than for girls when it comes to decent behavior and moral sensibilities.
What stops men from using their influence with their brothers?
On “taking liberties”.
Movements like #MeToo may scare men. But when disrespectful, harmful and damaging male behavior is summarized with “boys will be boys,” the scare is temporary.
At what age should he learn that boys aren’t entitled to violence and aggression just because they’re boys?
Repeat after me: This. Is. Not. Normal. It’s far too common, for sure, but there’s no reason to believe that all or even most teenage boys have ever attempted rape.
What exactly do we mean by teenage behavior? And who gets to be this kind of teenager?
— This question popped into my mind during the three-ring circus that was erected in Washington, DC more than two years ago since the presidential campaign when the infamous ‘pussy grabbing’ tape was released. The words of the current holder of the Oval Office was dismissed as ‘locker room talk,’ with a wink and a…
There are teenage boys who would never dream of doing the harm we are reading about or remembering.
Drown out this poison; it is the only way to rid our society of it.
How can we move from “boys will be boys” to teaching personal responsibility for our actions?
It’s high time we all together shout “This is not OK.”
Generalized excuses hurt all children. Let’s cut it out.
What can a man do when he feels powerless to protect his family?
Ariel Chesler is a dad of daughters who is sick and tired of how parents of boys feel justified to let their kids destroy things, because “boys will be boys” excuse.