A response to Mrs. Hall: Teaching our boys respect and self-control


While I’m not up to date on the events prompting this response here, the sentiments are refreshing and so very needed in our culture.

Dr. Rebecca Hains

FYI (if you’re a teenage girl)“* came up in my facebook news feed a lot yesterday. It’s being shared with such enthusiasm that I was eager to read it. I hoped its advice for teenage girls about their facebook activities would live up to the hype.

But instead, when I read it, my heart sank. Although the post is well-intended, the author, Kimberly Hall, makes a tremendous error: She places the responsibility for her teenage boys’ sexual desires on teenage girls, rather than on the boys themselves.

For example, addressing her sons’ female friends, she writes: “Did you know that once a male sees you in a state of undress, he can’t ever un-see it?  You don’t want the Hall boys to only think of you in this sexual way, do you?”

Well, no. I’m sure that her sons’ female friends don’t want to be thought of only

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One response to “A response to Mrs. Hall: Teaching our boys respect and self-control

  • christinehaggerty

    I completely agree. My husband and I both feel that it is our responsibility to teach our teenage sons to respect women on multiple levels and to have compassion for girls who struggle with their self-image and to understand rather than judge or manipulate. We also have a young daughter who will be growing up on the other side of this issue and we are teaching her to treat herself as she would like others to treat her. Long road for parents.

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