Displayed in a Humans of Bombay post, a dad along with his wife are executing their bit to break regressive gender rules and educating their two sons all about equal rights and feminism.
“When we had our son, a lot of people congratulated my wife saying, ‘you can relax now… you have a son in the house’ and my wife and I laughed at their mentality but realised that this is how people still think. I was overjoyed that I had a son, but I knew I wanted to raise him right. It’s okay if he cries and if he shows his emotions – my wife and I are constantly telling him that crying doesn’t make him any less of a man. We teach him to respect girls as equals and even in little things like a game of football or cricket to not make fun of them – that’s where it all begins”, stated the post.
The term ‘like a girl’ has generally been recognized as something weak. But the father is expressing the way by educating his young sons otherwise. “Just the other day at the recreation area, they were enjoying football and prior to this small girl was about to kick the ball, a boy yelled – ‘don’t kick like a girl…we’ll lose’ and everybody began to laugh. That small girl looked so shaken, but before anyone could say anything my son went upto her and said, ‘kick like a girl… that’s how we’ll show them how to win!’ and I promise you, that girl was beaming – she played like a real rockstar”, he narrated.
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The post has been shared more than 10,000 times and immediately obtained the praise of individuals for its positive concept. “Kudos to u n ur wife.. Parents like the both of u are what the world needs! I’m sure your boys are going to grow up to be wonderful human beings who understand the importance of compassion and equality! Bless u all”, said Namrata Singh Chhibber.
More power to him!