Michelle Obama Told Parents To Stop Babying Their Sons And Latinas Blew Up Twitter With A Whole Lot of “YAS”
Michelle Obama has always been a woman who keeps it real, particularly when it comes to the sexism women experience on a daily basis. In a conversation at the Obama Foundation’s Inaugural Summit, Obama dropped some knowledge on how families often inadvertently raise entitled boys and men. In a conversation she held alongside poet Elizabeth Alexander, Obama hit families with some hard questions about their role in creating toxic masculinity, and Latinas were totally there for it.
During the summit, Obama asked families to look at the way they raise their sons, and recognize how that contributes to a world where men and women are not treated as equals.
The former First Lady pointed out that when families raise their sons and daughters differently, they ultimately end up rearing boys who turn into men that inherently believe they deserve special treatment and exploit others.
“I think we pay for that a little bit and that’s a ‘we’ thing because we are raising them. And it’s powerful to have strong men but what does that strength mean?” she asked. “Does it mean respect? Does it mean responsibility? Does it mean compassion? Or are we protecting our men too much, so they feel a little entitled?”
And for the most part, Latina Twitter responded with a resounding…
Because the truth is, Obama’s words ring very true for Latinas living in a household where machismo remains strong.
In fact, a lot of women were quick to show just how close her words hit home.
Many of us can vividly remember having to cook for and pick up after our brothers and fathers while they lounged around the house and watched TV.
Some of the responses called out the way girls and boys are expected to grow up at very different rates.
This is so real and relatable, because we all have the brother or primo who STILL has no clue about how to turn on the dishwasher. And he’s 35.
Even this guy had something to say about it.
At 40, you damn well know how to cook and clean for yourself. You just choose not to, and Latina moms often enable the behavior.
This woman’s insightful tweet summed up how us ladies end up having to put up with machismo culture in the long term.
Michelle Obama’s speech spoke the experience of every Latina girl mopping floors and scrubbing toilets while her brother got to chill and play video games.
Any time she wants to hit back at machismo culture, we will totally be here for it. Because YAS, Michelle, YAS!