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In Football and in Life, This Father Teaches His Son to Treat Women Equally. And People Are Loving It!

Recently in a park in Mumbai, no different from most parks across the country, a group of children were playing football. When the girl stepped up to play, one of the boys told her not to “kick like a girl” because they might lose. The girl’s face fell immediately. Before anyone could say anything else, another boy walked up to her and told her to kick exactly like a girl because that’s how they shall win.

The actions of this kind and empathetic young boy could have been lost in the millions of stories unfolding in city that never sleeps but it has ended up earning the hearts of thousands because of the popular Facebook page, Humans of Bombay.

In a post that has been widely appreciated, a proud father has opened up about how he and his wife have done their best in raising their son while placing a healthy emphasis on the equality of the sexes. He also notes that they try to raise their child without subjecting them to harmful stereotypes.

He says, “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.”


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The father then goes on to noting that the main thing that they have tried to instil is the idea that not only are women equal to men in all aspects but they deserve respect.

As he rightly puts, “Truth is, women are ready to rule the world as is… all they need is the world to be fair to them —to give them the respect they deserve… whether it’s at home, at work or out on the streets.”

“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…

Posted by Humans of Bombay on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Read the full post below:

“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.
Just the other day at the park, they were playing football and right before this small girl was about to kick the ball, a boy shouted — ‘don’t kick like a girl…we’ll lose’ and everyone 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.
As a father, I felt proud because the boys we raise today are the men of tomorrow. Everyday we hear things about women empowerment and feminism but I’m trying to teach my son that women don’t need to be empowered— they already are. By trying to empower them, we’re proving that they’re weaker and need us to help them. Truth is, women are ready to rule the world as is…all they need is the world to be fair to them —to give them the respect they deserve…whether it’s at home, at work or out on the streets.”

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