As a society, culture, and the world, here’s where we went wrong.
We empowered our girls.
Inspired, motivated, informed them.
Equal opportunity, we called it.
We sent them to schools. To ballet class. Yes, even karate lessons
We taught them to break stereotype, day, after day, after day.
To rewrite their own fairy tales. To play with guns if they wanted to. To wear blue and not pink if they preferred that instead.
Yet we forgot our boys.
While we stood up for the girls, we forgot to sit beside our boys.
And tell them, that the presence of a y chromosome, wasn’t their key to success. That it made them biologically different, yes. But not necessarily superior
That it was okay to cry. And shed tears. And weep, and wail. Convince them of a man’s right to a heart, emotion, and feelings.
That laying their hands on a girl’s womanhood, didn’t make them more of a man, it made them less human.
We taught our girls to fight. What we didn’t do, is teach our boys to not attack them in first place.