A father’s missive

20 07 2014

I have two daughters.

Not unlike most fathers, I am proud of my children. Yes – my son too.

They will experience things I can’t even imagine – good and bad.

They are smart. They are considerate. They are, of course, beautiful. As every father’s daughter surely is.

Sure – they can be irksome too. They are, after all, human. They are not perfect.

They have many advantages I didn’t have growing up. The internet is an obvious one.

But some things have not improved in a generation. They live their lives in the 21st Century. And they live in a world where they are still considered “less”. For no reason other than what they do not have between their legs.

They have many advantages their mother and grandmothers did not have. But not all the advantages even their great-great grandfathers had.

This video refers to the US’s issue with healthcare access, and its control by the overwhelmingly male legislature. The same issues exist to a greater or lesser extent in many countries.

Things haven’t improved as much as they should have by 2014, but I have hope: my daughters have a voice. A voice that can be heard. Listened to.

I hope, as they launch themselves into the adult world, that they choose to use them. Choose to speak out for the things they feel worthy of their support. Against the things that need to change.

But if not, then that’s OK too. It is their right to make choices as they see fit – without my interference, or that of any other man.

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2 responses

4 08 2014
Crystal Martel

I hope your son chooses to use his voice the same, as it is a men’s issue.

5 08 2014
Quieter Elephant

Agreed – though that isn’t actually the same issue being discussed in the first video. And violence is violence, no matter what its source. Men visit it upon other men and women also visit it upon men. Children – boys and girls – visit it upon the elderly. It is not JUST a men’s issue.

My point wasn’t about any specific issue though. More that I hope my daughters feel empowered enough to use their voices to support any issue they feel worthy of them. The ability to have a voice and be heard has at least become democratised and gender neutral in the age of the internet.

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