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Act like a girl? what’s a girl supposed to act like? who is the authority on this? what if I decide I don’t like your rules?
It’s pretty screwy how it works on both sides of the isle. Group ‘A’ gets toy guns, toy soldiers and assorted sports balls to play with. Group ‘B’ gets baby dolls, anorexic super model dolls and a kitchen play set. That in itself is pretty sick. Throwing in sexual segregation just adds to the madness.
I say buy them all Legos and let them play together.
I remember studying this in college last year and I’ve seen an episode of “What would you do?” with a similar situation as this, but in public where a parent belittled his/her child for playing with opposite gender dolls. Let boys dress in pink! Let them play with dolls!
Let children be children. Let them follower their hearts and desires. As long as they aren’t hurting anyone, encourage them to grow and develop into beautiful, happy people. Freedom of choice isn’t something we as a society should being taking away from our children or their futures.
Thanks for stopping in, MIB, and for taking the time to comment. 🙂
This sounds great in theory but other children are often very cruel about such things. It is so common to hear anything different or considered wrong to be “so gay”. Homophobia is still instilled by parents and carried forward through their kids.
As a side note, I ranched for 33 years and lived on a ranch for almost 50 years.
In a herd of young bulls, on occasion, the one that seemed the most “feminine” by the others would be mounted several times and then treated to a viscous gang rape by all until you could separate him out (and that was difficult because the perpetrators did not want to lose their victim and the victim could trust no one). Bulls only “ride” each other to shame the less aggressive, a power thing just as rape is in humans.
I just wanted to show that when gender rolls are blurred “the pack” will take advantage, even in nature.
The toys you play with won’t stop kids from being cruel. That will take a social value shift, and a social value shift isn’t going to happen on its own. It won’t happen over night either, but it has to start somewhere. As with almost any social change, awareness and education are the building blocks for a better tomorrow. Homophobia is a misunderstanding that can be corrected over time.
I’m not willing to compare cattle on a ranch with nature. I know examples of such behavior do exist in prison (a human cattle ranch), but I wonder if there are any examples of this behavior out in the wild (frequency, severity)? As for abhorrent behavior in society (robbery, rape, murder), it is my understanding that such acts can largely be attributed to childhood abuse, scarcity and inequality that exists in society. That in itself is a huge topic that I intend to address in the future.
The topic of toys could use more input as well. I’m gonna have to start working on a list. Thank you for the food for thought and the comments. 😉
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