At 2/19/13 04:28 PM, Entice wrote:
At 2/19/13 04:25 PM, Silverdust wrote:
The thought wouldn't even cross my mind that my son could be overpowered physically or mentally by a female.It depends on the person I guess. I understand wanting your daughter to safe but it still strikes me as sexist.
Sexism would be discrimination. I am not discriminating against my daughter by not allowing her to be alone with boys often because she will statistically face more problems physically and emotionally. The probability of her being abused will be 90% higher than my son, not counting the attempted abuses. Additionally, her classmates, television, and the internet will be greatly pressuring her to be vain and promiscuous until her graduation - near the peak at which she will be most exposed to this in college. Not only do I want to shelter her from this, but I want to keep her from being influenced by people who give her advice contrary to what I will teach her. After she is out of my house, she will hopefully have the tools she needs to protect herself adequately until marriage when her husband will take on this responsibility.
The probability of my son being sexually abused at the same age is 1/10, and this percentage consists mostly of the perpetrators being relatives and other adults whom he would trust. These situations would be tremendously easier to monitor if my spouse and I are responsible parents. But, rather than teaching him primarily about respecting himself and his body, I will be teaching him about respecting women and their bodies. I would not want him alone with a someone else for very long either, but I will be significantly more concerned about my daughter in similar situations.
If addressing the needs of my children based on their gender is sexist, then guilty as charged.