How did we start on this crazy nonsense idea that a boy committing minor violence against a girl means he likes her? WTF is wrong with us? From Gilbert dipping Anne’s braid into an inkwell, to bra snapping, to whatever it is that we mutely accept now, violence has this treasured place in our romantic vernacular that has to go, right this damn minute! Don’t tell your daughters that he’s teasing her because he likes her. And for the love of all things holy, “boys will be boys” is not an excuse for bad behavior. Teach your sons that every person owns their own body and touching someone else’s without permission is assault.
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