How many little boys never get to snuggle on their father’s chest, or feel that closeness with another man, without being preyed upon?
How many little boys never get to cry in their father’s arms, or feel that closeness with another man, without being shamed for it?
How many little boys never get to feel vulnerable or scared in the presence of another man without being attacked for it?
How can we keep ignoring these wounds and also expect to grow as a people?
We are collectively dying, smothered under the weight of all that unacknowledged pain.
Look to your little boys and see where you can listen to their wounds.
It will hurt.
Don’t look away. Don’t plug your ears. Don’t harden your heart.
We ignore them at our peril.