Distressing chapters of a boy child’s life (Part 1)

Ever-changing times: The boy child of today faces far greater and more sinister challenges than his yester-year peers
Ever-changing times: The boy child of today faces far greater and more sinister challenges than his yester-year peers

Gender-based violence (GBV) against women remains common in many Batswana households but the question that remains silent in many campaigns, forums, seminars and kgotla meetings is: What about the abused men and boys in the household and where are they?

When the boy child enters his early primary school level he faces many challenges. Not only is he presented with obvious challenges such as learning and interpreting subject specific information but also understanding his masculinity while striving to understand the behaviour of his counterpart, the girl child. Bullying is one aspect that sometimes surfaces when the boy-child experiments and in household chores, he is given the impression that he has power over every aspect of the girl and women’s lives.

The boy child may also fall prey to not only physical abuse, but emotional as well, driven by various traditional and cultural dynamics from his early household confinement and other community aspects, of entering a new development stage. The boy child also strives to learn the appropriate way of handling pressure of being disciplined both at home and at school, which eventually may grow with him and result in being unable to control methods of discourse within his marriage, family or in a cohabitation setup.

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