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Because people are awful, stupid, and scared.
People think that little boys are safer than little girls. Little boys are easier to deal with - little boys aren’t complex or hard to understand. Just give them a football and an attaboy, they’ll be fine! If they’re upset just tell them to rub some dirt in it, if they get scars tell them that chicks’ll dig it, if they get afraid or if there are tears all you have to tell them is that Big Boys Don’t Cry. Men don’t get scared, they are men, and you’re a man, aren’t you? Attaboy. Now go out there and play with your football and everything’ll be fine.
Little boys aren’t moody and mercurial and capricious little princesses who have tantrums and stamp little slippered feet and cry piteously, are they? Little boys don’t grow up to be teenagers with mood swings or uncomfortable and awkward bodily fluids and emotions and they won’t get totally overemotional or illogical like GIRLS get, right? Boys don’t have a hard time at school like girls might get - it’s not like they get teased or bullied and if they are, well they’re boys, they can take care of themselves and just sock that bully in the mouth and that’ll be the end of that. Boys don’t have fight with friends and don’t have to deal with rumors or not getting invited to parties - boys are SIMPLE. Boys just need to fight it out and then they’ll be okay. Boys’ll be boys.
But most of all, little girls grow up to be little victims. Every day there’s another girl found raped, dead, missing, assaulted, abused - girls that killed themselves because they were gang raped and nobody did anything because boys will be boys. One day you’ll have to look your little girl in the face and explain to her that people think in this world that she is worth less, that she is less intelligent, less rational, less capable to deal with anything in a reasonable manner and that there are Bad People Out There Who Will Do Bad Things and that’s why you can’t go out, sweetie. And that’s just Drama.
Because your little girl might one day turn into a teenager and there will be blood and tears and tampons and that’s messy and disgusting. They’ll fall in love and in lust and when they do they’ll be the town slut, they’ll get pregnant and they’ll get hurt and that’s Drama. When boys come back at 4 am that’s cause they were having a good time, let them have their freedom, darling. When girls come back at 4 am it’s Where Were You and With Who and What Will The Neighbors Think. Because girls get hurt and girls get raped and that’s Drama - but nobody thinks that’s Drama when boys hurt and boys rape. Cause that’s just boys being boys, and that ends with entire towns covering from them because one mistake shouldn’t ruin their promising lives.
Because we live in a world where it’s easier to raise men as abusers and to want to avoid having girls - so that your child isn’t the victim, somebody else’s baby is, not yours, because that would just be Drama. Because we live in a society where our safety, our struggle, our inequality, our fight and our search to build a world that will accept us, nurture us, and protect us is just plain old Drama.