Raising boys who respect women is about a lot more than opening doors and pulling out chairs. In fact, manners are just the beginning of it. Anyone can teach their child manners, but it takes a lot more effort to undermine the negative messages of the larger society.
For those who aren’t familiar, violence against women abounds. Depending on which source you believe, anywhere from 25-44% of women will be raped in their lives. Wife battering is at an all time high; women still make far less than men, and the unreasonable expectations imposed on women’s bodies have resulted in an incredibly high rate of eating disorders, which can be, and often are, fatal.
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