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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Guest Post: Lucy

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Lucy, today's guest blogger, is a mother of three who lives in the UK. Lucy blogs at Free From , about gluten free food because her oldest child is a ceoliac.She observes the behaviour of the tribes of youth in her free time. But what was she doing at McD's? That's not very gluten free.


He Loves Me . . . He Loves Me Not .. .

I skirted around the group of young people sitting outside, and went in to order. We sat and while he munched chicken nuggets and played with the free toy I watched the gang.

The group had a core group of five males, who sat together at a bench table, being loud. There were some stragglers, all female, who perched on the surrounding tables, occasionally talking to each other, but mostly silent, inspecting their nails. The boys were scruffy and unkempt; the girls were made up and dressed up. They can only have been about 15.

Periodically, the girls tried to join in the core group conversation, tried to attract attention from the table of boys, but were met with abuse. Mostly along the lines of 'shut up, you fat slag'.

The girls were beautiful, in that heartbreaking, young, 'tried-a-bit-hard' fashion. No way did any of those unpleasant boys deserve their attention. These girls should have walked away, done something more interesting, generated their own fun together ... but of course they didn't. Eventually the group got up and wandered off, most of the boys collecting a girl each as they passed.

This sad little scenario is played out night after night in small towns (and larger ones) across the country, and it bothers me. The girls have little or no self-esteem beyond their hair and nails; the boys treat them as worthless, except as a trophy.

It more than bothers me. How many years have women – yes, generations of young women – been struggling to gain equality?

How can I show my young daughters as they grow up that they deserve better than this? How to explain that they do not have to be defined as somebody's girl, but can be strong individuals who know their own intrinsic worth?

How can I show my young son as he grows up that he, too, is worth, and can be, more than this?

I wanted to say to those girls “you're worth more than this” - but I couldn't. How could I, some random interfering stranger? But someone at home should have told them how valuable they are. Daily. And not just for their hair and nails ...

1 comment:

Yaya said...

We just had my 17-half-sister-in-law visiting from Texas and it was so sad to me because everything/everywhere we went her main purpose was to receive attention from boys. I'm talking everywhere....she put on another layer of make-up in the car before we did anything (ie, ran into the store for milk). it was so sad to me that her self-value is determined by the attention she gets from boys. She was here for one week and managed to find about 10 boyfriends in the area through facebook, myspace and aim to attach herself to. My husband and I tried our best to rehab her self-view and attention-seeking actions....but what could we do in one week that wouldn't immediately be erased when she got back to texas? We just made sure to keep telling her how beautiful, skinny, etc she was and that she didn't need make-up and boys' attention to feel important.
I remember being boy-crazy as a teen, but she definitely took it to the extreme. We know her home-life is not the best, and it just goes to show that even though you might have 2 parents at home, it doesn't mean anything if they are not involved. My husband's father left when he was young and went and started this new family (hence, my 17-half-sis-in-law) and my husband has resentful feelings about his father leaving, but after this visit, he sort of realized that maybe he was better off without his father in his life, since his half-sister is so attention-needy and actually had their dad in her life....

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Guest Post: Lucy

1lucy.jpg

Lucy, today's guest blogger, is a mother of three who lives in the UK. Lucy blogs at Free From , about gluten free food because her oldest child is a ceoliac.She observes the behaviour of the tribes of youth in her free time. But what was she doing at McD's? That's not very gluten free.


He Loves Me . . . He Loves Me Not .. .

I skirted around the group of young people sitting outside, and went in to order. We sat and while he munched chicken nuggets and played with the free toy I watched the gang.

The group had a core group of five males, who sat together at a bench table, being loud. There were some stragglers, all female, who perched on the surrounding tables, occasionally talking to each other, but mostly silent, inspecting their nails. The boys were scruffy and unkempt; the girls were made up and dressed up. They can only have been about 15.

Periodically, the girls tried to join in the core group conversation, tried to attract attention from the table of boys, but were met with abuse. Mostly along the lines of 'shut up, you fat slag'.

The girls were beautiful, in that heartbreaking, young, 'tried-a-bit-hard' fashion. No way did any of those unpleasant boys deserve their attention. These girls should have walked away, done something more interesting, generated their own fun together ... but of course they didn't. Eventually the group got up and wandered off, most of the boys collecting a girl each as they passed.

This sad little scenario is played out night after night in small towns (and larger ones) across the country, and it bothers me. The girls have little or no self-esteem beyond their hair and nails; the boys treat them as worthless, except as a trophy.

It more than bothers me. How many years have women – yes, generations of young women – been struggling to gain equality?

How can I show my young daughters as they grow up that they deserve better than this? How to explain that they do not have to be defined as somebody's girl, but can be strong individuals who know their own intrinsic worth?

How can I show my young son as he grows up that he, too, is worth, and can be, more than this?

I wanted to say to those girls “you're worth more than this” - but I couldn't. How could I, some random interfering stranger? But someone at home should have told them how valuable they are. Daily. And not just for their hair and nails ...

1 comment:

Yaya said...

We just had my 17-half-sister-in-law visiting from Texas and it was so sad to me because everything/everywhere we went her main purpose was to receive attention from boys. I'm talking everywhere....she put on another layer of make-up in the car before we did anything (ie, ran into the store for milk). it was so sad to me that her self-value is determined by the attention she gets from boys. She was here for one week and managed to find about 10 boyfriends in the area through facebook, myspace and aim to attach herself to. My husband and I tried our best to rehab her self-view and attention-seeking actions....but what could we do in one week that wouldn't immediately be erased when she got back to texas? We just made sure to keep telling her how beautiful, skinny, etc she was and that she didn't need make-up and boys' attention to feel important.
I remember being boy-crazy as a teen, but she definitely took it to the extreme. We know her home-life is not the best, and it just goes to show that even though you might have 2 parents at home, it doesn't mean anything if they are not involved. My husband's father left when he was young and went and started this new family (hence, my 17-half-sis-in-law) and my husband has resentful feelings about his father leaving, but after this visit, he sort of realized that maybe he was better off without his father in his life, since his half-sister is so attention-needy and actually had their dad in her life....