A mother has received a brutal slamming from an advice columnist after she denied a young boy the rights to play at a public playground.
Writing to Carolyn Hax at the Washington Post, the mum claimed she was confused by the angry response she received from a fellow mother after she ordered the little boy to leave the playground, simply because of his gender.
According to the woman it was an “all girls day” with only mum’s and their daughters “allowed” to meet at the location.
“I have a daughter and some other mums of daughters and I have started getting together at a local playground at a set time each week,” the post read.
“Recently a mum of a boy brought her son to the playground at the same time we were there. I asked her (nicely, I thought) if she would mind leaving because we had wanted it to be a girls-only time. She refused and seemed angry at me.”
Clearly confused by the situation, the mum asked for advice on how to approach the woman if she is to return during their mum-daughter time. She also said the little boy had no right to be there.
“This has been such a sweet time for mums and daughters and having a boy there is naturally going to change things,” she explained. “We live in a world where boys get everything and girls are left with the crumbs, and I would think this mum would realise that, but she seems to think her son is entitled to crash this girls-only time.”
She acknowledged she couldn’t legally kick the other mother and her son from the park, but wanted to know what she could do.
The mum received a response she probably wasn’t expecting from the advice columnist. Instead of agreeing, she hit back at her for trying to shoo away a mother and son who were every much entitled to be at the playground.
“Goddess help us all. Shooing off the mum and her boy was terrible. And justifying it as a cosmic correction? Wow,” she replied.
She said the little boy was a human being who didn’t have privileged feelings.
“People are not widgets. And the adult you shooed off is a mum, possessor of the same crumbs you’ve been fed, no?” she continued. “So don’t you think she would have just liked to hang with some fellow mums in the park while she was out with her child?”
Carolyn went on to suggest if they want an all girls-day they should host it on private property instead of in a public park where everyone is welcome.
Her comments were echoed by fellow mums who slammed the mother for disregarding someone just because of their gender.
“Retaliating against a child for the historic wrongs done to women is also wrong.” one person wrote. “He’s a child. Treating someone unfairly on the basis of their gender is how we got into this mess. And how is a boy supposed to get to know and understand girls and women if he isn’t allowed in the group?”
Another added: “Putting aside the important issue of excluding a little boy, I just can’t get past the unmitigated gall of asking someone to leave a public park! How mindblowingly clueless and ridiculous for the thought that this is okay to even make it from the brain and out the mouth. Sheesh.”