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Comment Re:Self esteem issue (Score 5, Insightful) 499

We can do a lot to encourage girls as they are growing up, and to remove some of the gendered put-downs like describing them as "bossy" when we say boys who do the exact same thing are leaders.

No we don't. A kid who orders the other kids what to do and how to play is called bossy no matter what gender. A kid who ask the other kids what they want to do and lets everyone get involved with the game is a leader. These are two very different behaviours.

Comment Demand to be challenged (Score 1) 669

As a great American philosopher once said

"Comedy should provoke!
It should blast through prejudices, challenge preconceptions!
Comedy should always leave you different than when it found you.
Sure, humor can hurt, even alienate, but the risk is better than the alternative: a steady diet of innocuous, child-proof, flavorless mush!
Demand to be challenged. To be offended. To be treated like thinking, reasoning adults.
And raise your children to be the same.
Don't let a comedian, a network, a Congressional committee, or an evil genius take away your freedom to laugh at whatever you want."


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