So, earlier this week, I watched a video of a little girl, maybe five or six years old, who was extremely irritated with toy companies, and she flat out called them on their BS while standing in the toy aisle at a store. This is a quote from Riley, the star of the aforementioned video, “Companies try to trick girls into buying the pink stuff instead of stuff that boys want to buy.” Riley was logical and couldn’t understand why it is assumed that girls only want pink stuff, while boys only want blue. In another quote from this insightful little, Riley says, “Some girls like superheroes, some girls like princesses! Some boys like superheroes, some boys like princesses! So why do all the girls have to buy pink stuff and all the boys have to buy different color stuff?” What an excellent question, little Riley!
I was a tomboy growing up. I would use my father’s collectable army statues as my G.I Joes because I didn’t think it was okay for me to ask for real G.I Joes. Granted, my parents would have bought me all the G.I Joes and action figures I wanted, but I thought if I asked for it they would think I was strange, as girls like and ask for the pink stuff. My nephew, Jakob, however, is the exact opposite and is quite fond of all things pink and purple. Unfortunately for him, that’s only girly things. But why can’t a car, a sword, or an action figure be pink and purple? Or why should he be picked on for having a Pink Panther backpack anyway?
Kids have an unfair gender identity pushed on them. I read an article, and also …
OK. This one’s for the guys out there, and it’s something that you need to explain to me, preferably in detail. The latest craze in what some are calling “bullying” is known as the “groin-punch game” or, um, “sack-tapping.” A recent poll of 100 urologists claim that the “game” is running rampant these days and is injuring young boys and adolescents at an almost alarming rate. Thirty percent of the doctors polled claimed that they treated a young man for injuries sustained during this kind of practice, just in the past year alone.
Aside from examining the notions of whether or not this type of mutual game is considered bullying, I’m puzzled. What’s driving these boys to intentionally injure one another like this? Is it a hazing-type effort? Is it a “I’m going to show you that I’m bigger and badder than you” kind of thing? Is it a rite of passage? I’m thoroughly perplexed. When I was growing up, having both male and female friends, neither of the sexes ever punched me in the uterus or the breast to see how much pain I could withstand and I, in return, never abused their sex organs to see if I was the biggest bitch on the block, either. It just wasn’t done.
It’s also notable that in today’s society, most pain is considered funny or amusing. With shows like “Jackass” (a shithole of a televised concept if I’ve ever seen one), YouTube videos showing men receiving massive hits to the groin area and movies’ funniest bits depicting blunt-force trauma to a man’s genitals to be humorous, I’m thinking that it’s just kind of asinine. And clearly juvenile. While I don’t get it, and I can only assume that it might not be what many will say is “boys being boys,” but is it going far enough to claim that it’s related to bullying? And if so, is it a new brand, or do you think young men back in the eighteen-hundreds were tapping sacks left and right as well?