Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

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

Jennifer Shewmaker:

I think Rebecca makes some great points. Mrs. Hall’s post was well intentioned, but I feel it missed a lot about mutuality and respect from the point of both boys and girls. Being the mom of 3 daughters, should I block her boys for those shirtless pics she posted?

Originally posted on 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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