Why I’m glad I have three boys

Because it has got to be so hard to raise daughters in today's culture.  I'm not normally the biggest fan of Bob Herbert, but I thought this column (costs $ at NY Times, but free here) was quite eye-opening.  The key insight::

the recent shootings at an Amish schoolhouse in rural Pennsylvania
and a large public high school in Colorado, the killers went out of
their way to separate the girls from the boys, and then deliberately
attacked only the girls.

Ten girls were shot and five killed
at the Amish school. One girl was killed and a number of others were
molested in the Colorado attack.

In the widespread coverage
that followed these crimes, very little was made of the fact that only
girls were targeted. Imagine if a gunman had gone into a school,
separated the kids up on the basis of race or religion, and then shot
only the black kids. Or only the white kids. Or only the Jews.

would have been thunderous outrage. The country would have first
recoiled in horror, and then mobilized in an effort to eradicate that
kind of murderous bigotry. There would have been calls for action and
reflection. And the attack would have been seen for what it really was:
a hate crime.

None of that occurred because these were just
girls, and we have become so accustomed to living in a society
saturated with misogyny that violence against females is more or less
to be expected. Stories about the rape, murder and mutilation of women
and girls are staples of the news, as familiar to us as weather
forecasts. The startling aspect of the Pennsylvania attack was that
this terrible thing happened at a school in Amish country, not that it
happened to girls.

It truly is a sad statement that we are so inured to violence against women that this really does not get a second thought in that regard.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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