When child abuse wears a pussy hat

There must surely be a special corner in Hell for parents who use their children as living ideological voodoo dolls.

Of course, all parents try to bring their kids up with a general set of values, whether they be religious or secular, left or right-wing, but that?s not the same as brow-beating their offspring with rigid ideology. Children, within their capabilities, must also be allowed the freedom to develop their own ideas. But there is a certain breed of parents who are so ideologically authoritarian that they ruthlessly quash any manifestation of deviance from their personal rigid dogmatism. Feminists are among the worst. Quote:

Author, presenter and former Kevin Rudd press secretary Jamila Rizvi penned?a stunning take on the trials and tribulations of emasculating her son. In her column, Rizvi stated: My husband and I have been more than conscious about raising a feminist boy, we have been deliberate. Where possible we buy clothes that are gender neutral, regularly shopping in the girls? clothing section as well as the boys. End of quote.

Hmmm. It?s almost as if there?s a gender binary. Quote:

But the big joke is that ?woke? feminists such as Rizvi have to do their gender-neutral shopping in the ?boys? and ?girls? sections of department stores ? which kinda defeats their end goal. End of quote.

Even normal boyish interests have to be subjugated by intolerant third-wave feminist misandry. Quote:

Our AFL obsessed kid is encouraged to watch the women?s matches as well as the men?s and loves to put on a tutu for ?twirling?. Like all three-year-old kids he parrots back what his parents teach him. My son calls himself a feminist, but his actions don?t reflect that.

Let me get this straight. You?re judging your three-your-old son because his ?actions? don?t reflect your feminist ideals? He?s THREE. Give the kid a break and stop politicising his childhood. End of quote.

But, when dealing with ?gender?-obsessed nutbars like this, it?s never long before farce descends into tragedy. Quote:

Rafi moved child care centres a few months back and since then the names of the kids he plays with are exclusively male. His interest in girl playmates has all but disappeared. It breaks my heart. He is no longer keen on dressing up or playing house. It?s all dinosaurs and footy and Transformers and outer space. End of quote.

Reflect on that jaw-dropping passage for a moment. Her SON is a BOY. He is developing normal, boyish interests ? and she?s disappointed. She is actually ?heartbroken? because her boy doesn?t want to wear a tutu and play dolls with the girls.

I?m a boy, I?m a boy, but my ma won?t admit it. I?m a boy, I?m a boy, but if I say I am I get it

The Who.

Can you imagine being poor Rafi? I have no doubt that he will, at the very least, be subjected to constant, overt disapproval from his mother, simply because he wants to be a boy. Like the boy in the Who song, he will almost surely end up being ?a headcase?, after a lifetime of being torn between his natural inclinations and his mother?s ideological obsessions.

And natural they truly are: research has shown that even our primate cousins will choose to play with toys associated with their gender: males choose to play with trucks, females with dolls. These are innate, sex-based preferences. Naturally, of course, they are not inflexible: of course some boys will want to play with dolls, and some girls play footy. But the point is not to punish them for following their normal instincts, one way or another.

Let your kids be kids.

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