Has your daughter been called this?
May 02, 2023
During a Sunday session for The Brave Girl Tribe, several girls expressed concern about how to respond when boys call them derogatory names, such as the 'B-word.'
I want to start by saying that this behavior is NEVER acceptable. Your daughter needs to know that she deserves to be treated with respect and kindness and that no one has the right to make her feel UNCOMFORTABLE or UNSAFE with their language or actions
As women, many of us have experienced some form of harassment. Educating our daughters about harassment and sharing different examples will help them recognize when they are mistreated and know how to respond.
To help your daughter navigate these situations, I wanted to provide some examples of behaviors that may constitute harassment.
She needs to be aware of these signs:
- Unwanted physical contact, such as groping or brushing up against someone in a sexual manner
- Unwelcome sexual comments, jokes, or gestures
- Pressure to engage in sexual activity or repeated requests for a date
- Spreading rumors or gossip about someone's sexual activity or orientation
- Sending unsolicited sexual messages or explicit images via text or social media
- Stalking or following someone in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable or afraid
- Making sexually suggestive or explicit remarks about someone's appearance or clothing
- Intentionally making someone feel uncomfortable or intimidated through sexual behavior or language
- Making sexual advances toward someone who has made it clear that they are not interested
It's essential to let your daughter know that she can always count on your support and talk to you about anything on her mind.
Another valuable lesson is teaching her how to set boundaries, especially when someone is disrespectful. You can both practice using phrases to communicate boundaries effectively. To make it easier, I've created a workbook of boundary-setting phrases that you can use together. Download Now