I knew nothing about Cole before meeting him; he was just a name on a list of boys at a private school outside Boston who had volunteered to talk with me or perhaps had had their arm twisted a bit by a counselor. The afternoon of our first interview, I was running late. As I rushed down a hallway at the school, I noticed a boy sitting outside the library, waiting—it had to be him. He was staring impassively ahead, both feet planted on the floor, hands resting loosely on his thighs. It was totally unfair, a scarlet letter of personal bias. At 18, he stood more than 6 feet tall, with broad shoulders and short-clipped hair. His neck was so thick that it seemed to merge into his jawline, and he was planning to enter a military academy for college the following fall. But Cole surprised me. But being around guys was different.
The Atlantic Crossword
One of my primary responsibilities as the father of four daughters was to help protect them from losing their innocence, especially as they approached the adolescent years. As part of this effort, I met and talked with nearly every young man who wanted to go out with my girls. I asked specific questions and challenged these young men to a high standard of purity. I have a very outgoing, charming, attractive year-old son. I have literally been chasing the girls away from the door ever since the seventh grade. The phone calls, identified by caller ID, were left for the answering machine to answer. The aggressiveness and promiscuity of young girls nowadays is beyond words.
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We live in a sexist society. Almost from birth we are indoctrinated with the notion of male superiority and female inferiority, male rights and female duties. It is in the earliest years that children form images of their worth, their future roles, the conscious and unconscious expecta tions placed upon them. Investigating books for young children in book stores and libraries I found an almost incredible conspiracy of conditioning.