Sunday, December 26, 2010
Boys Don’t Hit Girls
I remember as a ten year old having a friend of my mother’s visit. She brought with her a daughter who was about my age. My mother told me to be a good host and play with this girl. Being at the age where I still held the belief that girls had cooties, I wasn’t particularly pleased with this edict.
It wasn’t more than a few minutes before this girl punched me, and then ran. I went after her with the objective of returning her punch with compounded interest. I was intercepted and scolded by my mother, who told me that a boy NEVER strikes a girl. Ever.
Those words stuck with me through life. For some other men, unfortunately, that lesson was either never taught or never stuck. Tony Porter, from TED gives some good advice in the video widget below that all men need to hear.