It is heartbreaking how even in the 21st century, our patriarchal society pampers its sons so much that they grow up into entitled men. Recently, a Twitter user @lammizaarif sparked a discussion on the same. He tweeted about how young boys should be taught not to throw tantrums at their mothers, as it turns into entitlement and misbehavior when they become adults.
Boys should be taught from a young age that they can’t throw tantrums at their mother if and/or when she cooks something they don’t like. Their entitlement begins right here and evolves into misbehavior everywhere. It should be nipped in the bud.— Mirza Arif Beg (@Iammirzaarif) June 23, 2021
This is, of course, only one of the numerous things to be taken care of from the very beginning.— Mirza Arif Beg (@Iammirzaarif) June 23, 2021
Make them do things that are conventionally considered “feminine”. Make them go to the kitchen, don’t serve them food at the dining table, just don’t let them feel that women of the house are there only to serve them. The moment they get comfortable, women are doomed.— Mirza Arif Beg (@Iammirzaarif) June 23, 2021
Many users shared how kitchen work is primarily done by women in many households.
Most girls are taught to work in kitchen and serve men at young age unlike boys. Also they don’t throw tantrums when they grow up like grown men show.— Hiba Mir #FreePalestine????????#FreeKashmir (@HibaMirr) June 23, 2021
Rona to tab ata hai jab maa hi beta aur beti ko differently treat karti….fully agree household work should be made gender neutral.— Vinod Kaushal (@HimalayanHeart1) June 24, 2021
And they should know how to cook- it’s a basic life skill for survival. Seriously, kitchen at home women’s domain and MasterChef are all men . Such disparity in social acceptance— Prachi Pratap (@prachipratap) June 23, 2021
Kitchen was not a “women only” space in our home. Mum did the bulk but Dad often helped with cooking (& chased others out demanding to be left alone & not to come in his way!). Also laid the table. Mango shakes by Dad in the summers. Men lose out on bonding if they dont engage— Dr. Sonali Vaid (@SonaliVaid) June 23, 2021
Other users shared how boys learn from the behavior of adult men around them.
It’ll start when fathers/older men in the house participate properly in the household chores. That’s where the sense of entitlement comes from.— Nilofer (@Nilofer_nh) June 23, 2021
kids watch and learn. often, it’s the dad’s who throw tantrums and mistreat the mom in the house in front of his sons and it obv impacts the kids.— Swatato (@swatataswatato) June 24, 2021
Boys learn from fathers and grand fathers.— Under the Neem Tree (@UnderTheNeem) June 23, 2021
Many people talked about the ‘Raja beta’ syndrome
Arrgh! The Raja betas! ????— فاطمہ (@ftmche) June 23, 2021
Also apna joota-chappal-kapda khud manage karle, please.
Absolutely. Iron clothes or wear un-ironed. Those should be the only two options.— Mirza Arif Beg (@Iammirzaarif) June 23, 2021
Also teach kids to take his plate to kitchen to wash once it is done and teach them how to clean dishes— Human (@humanhumein) June 23, 2021
Instead encourage the kids (irrespective to any gender) to do their work/daily rituals by own, push them towards independency rather than relying on others. They should understand it’s a privilege if someone is making food for them or cleaning there rooms.— Rishabh rastogi (@Rishyrish10) June 24, 2021
Finally, some people talked about how this is a much-needed change
Agree. Boys must be taught they are not superior, not entitled to special treatment, and, are equal to girls. It must be clipped before they reach the age of six. Patriarchy is created by society. A new paradigm needed.— Ashis Basu (@BasuAshis) June 23, 2021
I admire your thoughts. The birth of such thinking is the initiative of a change, when the man starts standing with her in the interest of the woman, then the change is sure.— Radha Basnyat (@radhao7) June 23, 2021
Do let us know what you think.