"Eek! A Male! Treating all men as potential predators doesn't make our kids safer."
The title and link above are to an awesome article from the Wall Street Journal recently.
As a parent, my primary concern is keeping my children safe from potential dangers, including abuse. But I'm not one who suffers from what some have called "Pedophile Panic." I do not see all men as potential threats. But my eyes and ears are always wide open.
On the radio today, two DJs were talking about a stay at home dad (in California) who picked his children up from school every day to walk them home safely. His experiences walking his kids home from school have included parents seeing him walk off campus with his (own) kids calling 911, cops coming rushing up, him having to prove he's his kids' parent, other parents (all moms!!!) rushing up to scream "That's him!!! That's the perp!!!!" etc. A yard duty lady even freaked out as he was leaving campus (after school!!) with his OWN kids and started jumping up and down making a big commotion, waving her hands trying to get "help." Yep. She needs help alright.
Increasingly, all men seem to be seen as potential predators, in virtually all contexts. This is so friggin' sad! I have a friend who is gay and also happens to be a kindergarden teacher. Each year, there's one or two parents who pull their daughters out of his class at the beginning of the year when they find out they have a male teacher, for fear that this gay kindergarden teacher will molest them. "I don't want to risk that he will touch my daughter!!!" one parent told the principal. I mean, OMG!!! WTH. Total idiots. (No boys have ever been withdrawn from his class, only girls). I'm sorry, but I'd be very happy if my daughters had all gay male teachers all the way through their education. Gay men are great! But that's another topic for discussion.
Men are not inherently dangerous. Neither are women. But men seem to freak us out as a society.
I am not going to copy and paste the article on here due to respecting copyright issues. I will give a preview, and for those interested in discussing, follow the link above.
Last week, the lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, Timothy Murray, noticed smoke coming out of a minivan in his hometown of Worcester. He raced over and pulled out two small children, moments before the van's tire exploded into flames. At which point, according to the AP account, the kids' grandmother, who had been driving, nearly punched our hero in the face.
Mr. Murray said she told him she thought he might be a kidnapper.