I posted this blog in May 2016. Unfortunately the topic remains painfully relevant. Yesterday an audio tape of Mr. Trump was released from 2005 where he voices sexist and predatory behavior towards women. On the recording Trump said. “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful women ― I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”
“And when you’re a star they let you do it,” Trump said. “You can do anything.”
“Grab them by the ____,” Trump added. “You can do anything.”
During this presidential election we can have honest differences on public policy. But I hope the vast majority of Americans will demand that our elected officials, particularly for the presidency will model respect and decency toward all people. I think the Paper Bag Princess would have a few choice words for Mr. Trump.
Twenty years ago I was a Dad with two young daughters. I knew I couldn’t protect them from all the foibles of society. What was within my control was to be the best Dad I could be. To offer them a healthy male role model. I knew that they were fortunate to have a wonderful role model in their mother. The wild card was me.
I had the power to do good or do harm. I knew my daughters were growing up in a society that too often objectifies girls, defining how they should look. I knew too that society can place limits on the dreams of girls and boys.
My hope for our two daughters was that they would grow up to be strong, confident, adventurous, curious and compassionate women. We’ve encouraged our girls to dream big, trust their instincts and have a heart for those on the margins.
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