In light of conversations/arguments that are bouncing around at the moment I wanted to share (with her permission) a creative writing piece written by my daughter for her English class last year. It can be read from top to bottom or bottom to top (last paragraph to first).
At the time of writing this she was 15. It blew her teacher away and he asked permission to keep a copy of it.
If I'm honest, it chilled my blood.
These are the words of a child... my child. This could very easily be your child too.
If a child can get it why can't we, as a collective group of HUMANS, get it?! Male or female, pay attention to how you treat the women in your lives... you're being watched.
Men, you are the movement in this.
Stand up when jokes are made, when points are being chalked up on bedposts, when young boys and men disrespect their mothers, sisters, teachers etc, when the words 'boys will be boys' are spoken to excuse poor behaviour.
They're seeking guidance from you.
Women, this is your fight.
Start this conversation in your own homes and stop allowing your sons to treat you with disrespect and making excuses for their words and actions... Stop allowing their fathers to do it. Raise your boys to treat you right and they will treat all women right.
If you have girls, look at your relationships really closely. Would you be happy for them to be in the same relationship you're currently in, as teenagers and adults? If not, leave. They're worth it.
And for f$@k's sake, don't EVER cry wolf. This puts you on the same level as those who abuse and attack women.
When you read it, know that most of these things she and ALL of her friends had experienced personally by 15, everything up to and including 'I am seventeen...'
Let that sink in.
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