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Boys Will Be (Real) Boys

This article is part 8 of 8 in the column Children of the State

A few weeks ago, a friend stumbled across a picture of her 10-year-old son and his younger cousin that threw her for a loop.

While visiting a pirate museum with family, the two boys became intrigued with a statue of a scantily clad woman dressed like a female version of a pirate. His grandmother snapped a picture of the smiling boys, one on either side of the statue—each boy with his hand carefully placed on the woman’s nearly bare chest. My friend was horrified. “He’s only 10!” she cried. “Don’t they realize that’s wrong?” She glanced at me for my opinion. “Um… teachable moment?” I suggested. Read more

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