Mothers ‘Combat’ Rape Culture by Asking INFANTS if They Can…

How do you teach your kids about “rape culture”?

If you said teach them to treat others with respect, teaching them how to be a decent person, and that rape is just wrong and cruel…you’re wrong!

That might have been the way you and I were taught “not to rape people” but this new wave of mothers has the solution to our problems!

New mothers are teaching their baby boys about “rape culture” by asking their sons’ permission before they pick them up.

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Heat Street reports that last week Nisha Moodley, mother of 6-month-old Raven, posted a selfie on Instagram with Raven with this explanation:

Since the moment he was born, we’ve always asked before we pick him up. I always feel for his “yes.” Why? Because we want him to know that his body is his, and that others’ bodies are theirs, and no one gets to make choices about someone else’s body. #lessonsinsovereignty #bornfree #endrapeculture Sidenote [sic]: If you ever want to hold someone else’s baby, my suggestion is to ask the parent, then ask the kid. It always touches my heart when someone takes a moment to connect with him and says, “Can I hold you, dude?”

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Robin Weir, mother to a 7-month-old boy, said in the comments of the post, “We do this too … makes it feel more like we’re doing things ‘with’ him rather than ‘to’ him.”

Moodley’s post went viral and she interviewed with Yahoo Beauty. She told the site:

“I don’t ever want my son to be a sexual perpetrator or the victim of one, and the best thing I can do is honor his choices about his own body. I also want him to pay attention to his instincts, and forcing physical touch could interfere with that.

“There have been times where Raven has responded by reaching his arms out for a hug or turning his head or body away.”


He’s a baby for crying out loud!

Yahoo News quoted “parenting expert” Sharon Silver (someone we recommend never getting advice from):

This idea is part of the wonderful [“Recourse of Infant Educarers”] (RIE) parenting philosophy, which is essentially respecting a child’s timetable and allowing him or her to participate in the full range of experiences as the result of a decision. It’s the underlying premise of positive parenting.”

The RIE website states that RIE will “not only respect babies,” but “demonstrate our respect every time we interact with them. Respecting a child means treating even the youngest infant as a unique human being, not as an object.”

Those poor children…


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