Friday, February 17, 2012

Teaching little girls the difference between love and abuse

I found this blog today, and I really REALLY appreciate the sentiment behind it.

I will warn readers - the author feels strongly and uses strong words. It's worth the read, and she suggests editing out the "foul language" before distributing it to children.

"I am sure every girl can recall, at least once as a child, coming home and telling their parents, uncle, aunt or grandparent about a boy who had pulled her hair, hit her, teased her, pushed her or committed some other playground crime. I will bet money that most of those, if not all, will tell you that they were told “Oh, that just means he likes you”.
When was it decided that we should start teaching our daughters to accept being belittled, disrespected and abused as endearing treatment? And we have the audacity to wonder why women stay in abusive relationships? How did society become so oblivious to the fact that we were conditioning our daughters to endure abusive treatment, much less view it as romantic overtures?"

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