Straight Talk from Straight Kids

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 22, 2000

MONIQUE MICHEL / MONIQUE MICHELL’Observateur / August 22, 2000

It’s the year 2000, and granted, society has grown as a whole about eliminating double standards in our lives. But do double standards still exist? I was thinking about this the other day as I overheard my brother appeal to my parents once again about getting his hair highlighted. The poor guy just can’t get abreak. My parents adamantly refuse to let him get it done. Yet, just the other day, I got my hair cut, and while my dad said it looked good, he said it would look better if I had some highlights. What is that all about? So Istarted thinking, in what other ways are boys and girls treated differently.

Here’s a few examples I thought of: If my brother got phone calls from different girls, he would be cheered on by his buddies. But if I started to receive calls from numerous guys, I would be called abad word because it would “just not be right.”If guys are assertive and take control of situations, they are praised for having wonderful leadership skills. If a woman takes action in situations, she is thought ofas bossy and overbearing.

In today’s world, guys can’t be sensitive or show an interest in anything but football. If they do, they are labeled “gay” or thought of as not manly enough. Ifgirls aren’t overly sensitive and compassionate all the time, they are thought of as not feminine enough.

When a man has gray hair it is a sign of “maturity.” If a woman has gray hairpeople have sympathy for her thinking she can’t afford a box of hair color.

The list could go on and on, and I’m sure that you thought of many as you read this.

But when it is all said and done it goes back to the beginning of time. God createdAdam and God created Eve. Biblically, men and women have two entirely differentroles to fulfill.

So while it’s easy for some to get caught up in equal rights and oppression, let’s all just keep in mind that no gender has it bad at all. Let’s just be content with who weare and live our lives to the fullest.

Men can get away with some things women can’t and vice versa. I’m just glad thatthis week I am getting those highlights my brother still begs to get.

If you have any questions or comments, please write to me at P.O. Box1493,LaPlace, LA 70069.

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