Thursday, August 23, 2007

Back to the Stone Age

I'm going to tell you a story about a family. I'm editing this heavily, so as to eliminate identifying features, but rest assured that what I am about to tell you is true.

This family is very religious. Fundamentalist and conservative.

This family has a lot of children. The children of this family participate in a variety of activities, including music lessons and sports.

Apparently, one of the daughters was a very talented athlete and it became clear that she could go far with her particular sport. Most parents would encourage this.

Instead, the parents withdrew their daughter from her team, from something she was good at and enjoyed greatly.

The reason?

The father looked at other female athletes who were a few years older than his daughter and couldn't help but notice their toned, muscled, fit bodies.

He wants his daughters to have "feminine" bodies, not buff ones, so he pulled his daughters off their various teams so that they wouldn't bulk up.

Really. I am not making this shit up.


Josie said...

Please tell me this is a joke. And if not, who is this family? In this day and age of the super size everything, you pull only your female kids from sports???? Seriously, the name of the family is...

-Matt said...

Religion will eventually destroy all that is good in human beings.

Linda and her Surroundings said...

That is creepy and wrong.

Flutterby said...

I wasn't going to say anything because my views usually end up pissing people off but.. I LOVE YOU MATT! This is just unreal.

Happy Working Mom said...

Very ironic that matt states that "relion will eventually destroy all that is good in human beings" when the root of most religions is goodness. Maybe he needs to study up on the different types of religion and the history behind them.

That being said, I don't believe religion plays a part in this father's decision (if it does, I would venture to guess it is an off-the-wall religion or one that has been poorly misinterpreted). I believe this is a messed up family that is so freaking afraid of the world that they want to shelter every little part of it from their kids.

I hate to see how this daughter reacts to this when she hits college! do parents not realize that the social world of children is extremely strong, and can make or break a child? Of course I'm not going to give in to every little thing my child wants, but I will definitely evaluate everything my children do and want in order to help them get made fun of as little as possible as they are in the cruel world of elementary school through high school.

Jennifer said...

Josie: No, not a joke. I haven't even scratched the surface on this one. And there's no way I can give any identifying features. Sorry.

HWM: I hate to say it, but religion is a major factor in this one. The father was wild when he was young and is born again, which means he's overreacting and overprotective. Plus, he's honestly that backward where women are concerned. I don't know about the college thing. They plan to homeschool all the kids and then send them to community college for their high school work. Even though the parents went to a very highly ranked university, the father is now saying the college is over-rated and doesn't see the need for his kids. Translation: He's going to marry his girls off at young ages. (My opinion.)

Happy Working Mom said...

Wow, these are the type of people that give religion such a bad name. Religion is about your faith, and your beliefs in higher powers...not sheltering your kids from the world. Many religions require you to be all that you were created to be...not shy away from it (or make your kids for that matter). There are many of us that are religious and are a major part of this world. It really makes me mad that there are people out there stating that their religion makes them do wonder why so many people back away from it.

Flutterby said...

Back when I home schooled my daughter (because a teacher pissed me off... nothing to do with religion) I tried joining several local groups so she would still have kids to interact with but the bulk of them were home schooling because for religious reasons, so we backed off. One woman's reason for home schooling, based on *religion* was this... she did not think her kids would be around "good Christian influences" based on the fact that the one year her oldest WAS in school, she visited at lunch time, and saw kids in the cafeteria playing around... sticking carrots in their noses and doing things that kids just... DO. And she decided that was just so wrong and she didn't want her kids being... kids. I have yet, all these years later, to figure out what the hell sticking carrots up your nose had to do with not being Christian and going to hell.