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The Discrimination Against Men, Regarding Children

According to the National Education Association (NEA), only 9% of all elementary school teachers are men. This statistic has been falling steadily since 1981, when the total reached an all-time high of 18%. The NEA cites various reasons for why men don’t enter the teaching profession (and of those that do, most opt for teaching in High Schools). Among these reasons are things like the macho male ideal that teaching is “women’s work” or that teaching doesn’t pay well enough to support a family. I find it interesting that the NEA chose to leave out the number one reason: Any man who actually wants to be around young children is automatically assumed to be a pervert.

As some of you may know, I happen to be a male substitute teacher. I can verify that the discrimination against men is real and thriving in America’s schools. The only reason I’m still working with kids after almost 9 years is because I really couldn’t give less of a fuck what people think of me. Yes, nine years! I started down the child-oriented career path by becoming an assistant coach on a young girls’ softball team when I was 16. I also went on to become the youngest member of that ball field’s Board of Directors (at age 19). But, all of that is beside the point and as much as I’d love to be reminisce, let’s get on with it.

Some examples from my own personal experience.

My first year working as a camp counselor, an old “friend” of mine decided he’d call up the camp and try to get me fired. I don’t know what his motivations were and I really don’t give a fuck. Now, if you want to get a man quickly fired from a job working with kids, what’s the best way to do it? You guessed it, the son of a bitch told the Camp Director that I was a child molester. Not only that, he said that I’d been caught before and had been put in counseling for it! Holy shit! I was very lucky to have a boss who didn’t allow her knee-jerk reaction to such an accusation govern her behavior. She contacted the police and had me investigated instead. It didn’t take the police very long to discover that my old “pal” was lying his ass off. If all the things he’d said were true, the cops would’ve found out. Naturally, they found that I have no criminal record at all (not even sealed juvenile records) and that not even an accusation has ever been made against me. I had every intention of contacting a lawyer and pressing charges against him for slander and defamation of character, but his best friend guilted me into promising her that I would let it drop. I’m a man of my word, so I’ve always kept that promise (though I’ll break it if he ever fucks with me again).

Last year, one of the parents of a Pre-K child complained that I had tickled her daughter and that it was inappropriate. What the fuck? She’s 4 years old, bitch, you’re supposed to tickle 4 year olds! I was called into the Pre-K Director’s office and spoken to about it. My response was this: “If her parents ask about it again, tell them that I will not change my behavior toward their child. I have done nothing inappropriate and they wouldn’t be thinking that I had if I were a woman. This is a sexist double-standard and I don’t have to stand for it.”

Just yesterday, the secretary of our school tells my wife “I know your husband loves these kids, but somebody’s gonna take it the wrong way.” She said that because I happened to be hugging a 4th grade girl. Ok, the kid latched onto me like a leach, to tell the truth. This is a girl whose history I know. She’s been badly abused in her past and thrown around between foster homes until about a year ago. If she puts her arms around me wanting love and affection, she will damn well get it! What should I do, push the child away and say “Ew, no, get off me?” That may very well be the “appropriate” thing to do, but I’m not a fucking heartless bastard (not when it comes to kids, at least). To borrow a phrase from The Rock, you can take your sexist opinion, shine it up real nice…..then turn that sum’bitch sideways and stick it straight up your candy ass!

Those are just the three tangible examples that I can give. There are always the odd looks here or there and just the general “feeling” that some people (usually parents) give off. Those are always present. But that last incident is why my anger at this bullshit has been renewed.

People can talk all the shit they want, I ain’t changing shit! I have never done anything wrong, inappropriate, or illegal, so why the fuck should I be concerned? It pisses me off, that’s why! It pisses me the fuck off that just because I have a dick, I’m assumed to be an immoral monster. It pisses me off that I can’t even give a child a fucking hug without someone wondering if it gives me a hard-on!

THIS is the reason that men don’t want to teach! Men don’t want to even be thought of as even potentially being a pedophile. You know what, call me a pedophile, mother fucker! Go ahead and say it! Don’t be surprised when you find my foot up your ass though!

If I ever do something to hurt one of those kids, lock me up for the rest of my life, or just go ahead and cut my throat. I’d deserve it. Otherwise, it’s none of your goddamn business how I physically interact with children. I’m not breaking any laws, so fuck off!

When children have demonstrated to me that they are in need of love and affection, I make sure to give it to them. Sadly, it’ll never be enough when most of those kids are like that because they get no love or affection from their families. Regardless, they WILL be able to look back on their lives and know that at least I loved them; at least I had time to wrap my arms around them for a minute and show them that they’re special and that someone cares!

I love and care about children. I would rather lower my balls into a wood chipper than to hurt a child. If that makes me a pervert, then I guess I am one! So, since I’m such a fucking pervert, why don’t YOU come lick my asshole, bitch!

It just pisses me off that the one thing I actually DO care about (children) is the one thing that I seem to catch so much hell for. No matter; I will not sacrifice my happiness and the happiness of the children whose lives I’ve touched just because of the ignorant sexist bigotry of small minded morons.

There are so many other ways in which men are discriminated against when it comes to children, though. Do you ever hear anything about “Deadbeat Mothers?” No? Why not, they DO exist, y’know?! No one wants to paint the mother as a bad guy though, only men. Ever heard of female child molesters? No? Those exist too, as a matter of fact! Wouldn’t want it being thought that women could possibly be perverts though, eh!

When it comes to the issue of kids, most men are literally afraid to take too active a role. They’re afraid that someone will think them “inappropriate.” Ha! Fuck the proverbial “them!” Children need positive male figures in their lives! Don't be a pussy, jump in here with the rest of us! Join the 9 percent of men who have the BALLS to care more about kids than about how it might make us look!

I will never fear someone’s opinion of me. The opinion of an intellectual is just as much a biased opinion as if it had come from an idiot. All opinions are fucking stupid – except mine.

"As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, so are the
children of youth. Happy is the man who has his
quiver full of them. "

-Psalms 127:4-5

"Better to be driven out from among men than to
be disliked [by] children. "

-Richard Henry Dana

"The soul is healed by being with children. "
-Fyodor Dostoevsky