What conversation should parents be having with a boy child?

In the past weeks, South Africa’s universities have been inundated with what’s dubbed ‘Rape Culture’.

Students came together and protested against rape culture on their campuses, with Rhodes University being in the forefront.

Dr Eve looks at the conversations parents should be having with young boys, in order not to perpetuate the rampant cycle of patriarchal domination and violence which the world currently faces.

Dr Eve says the battle against rape should be dealt with from the bottom up, by talking to boys, because that’s where it all starts.

Dr Eve spoke about how differently boys are often reared compared with how most girls are brought up. She says boys are handled in a rough manner whereas girls receive tender love and nurturing.

Listen to the full conversation below:

There is this enormous sense of responsibility given to men, and they are told you have to be the provider and protectors of a woman … what kind of messages are we giving to boys?

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

Dr Eve says parents need to have conversations about sexuality and masculinity with their boys and support them to become the men that they want them to be.


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