Boys, Well, Boys Want Both

16 Aug

This came out a while ago but I just came across it again and I’m pretty sure I haven’t posted it here yet.

What I love is how it completely boggles her mind.  She’s like Doctor Donna.  She sees everything and then must explode.

…because girls want superheros and the boys want superheros and the girls want pink stuff and the girls… and the boys want… and the boys don’t want pink stuff… (gently shaking her head back and forth)

Her Dad corrects her, saying “Boys, well, boys want both…”

But her Dad is wrong.  Boys in the U.S. are taught from a very early age to avoid everything associated with girls.  Being called a “girl” is, in itself, an insult to boys.  And the slurs “sissy” and “fag” are reserved for men who act feminine.  So, no, boys (who have learned the rules of how to be a boy) generally reject anything girly.  [x]

No surprise, considering

“What’s the worst thing you can call a woman? Don’t hold back, now. You’re probably thinking of words like slut, whore, bitch, cunt (I told you not to hold back!), skank. Okay, now, what are the worst things you can call a guy? Fag, girl, bitch, pussy. I’ve even heard the term ‘mangina.’ Notice anything? The worst thing you can call a girl is a girl. The worst thing you can call a guy is a girl. Being a woman is the ultimate insult. Now tell me that’s not royally fucked up.”

-Full frontal feminism: a young women’s guide to why feminism matters, By Jessica Valenti

What’s that Doctor Donna?  You like this post?

Thanks Donna!

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