Last week three of my four boys were herded into school-sponsored assemblies and asked to stand, raise their hands and pledge to never, ever hurt a woman. While their female classmates remained seated, my boys faced intense pressure to say:
To never ever
Hit, hurt, or otherwise harm
A woman, girl, or child.
That I am bigger and stronger
Than many women, girls, and children.
Therefore it is my DUTY
To NEVER HARM them,
Protect, Respect, Honor, and Love them
No matter what.
Aghast, my 17-year-old son walked out. Less than two hours later, he went to choir practice, where he and his classmates practiced a parody of “Cell Block Tango” from the musical “Chicago” that features the “six merry murderesses of Cook County Jail” singing about killing their lovers. Here’s one verse: