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Priya Motiani

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#DearDaddy, I’ll Be Born A Girl. Please Don’t Let That Become The Greatest Danger Of All

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  •  December 17, 2015


This video featuring an unborn girl pleading her father will tug at your heart, and will make you want to be a better person. Period.

Created by Norwegian charity CARE International, the five-minute long video powerfully takes us through a montage of events that occur in the life of a girl – a girl who grows up in a culture that oozes sexism and female abuse at all levels. So much so, that it has become a part of the mainstream, and people do not even realise it. The casual sexist remarks, or the regular abusive jokes… they may seem like they’re common, they may seem like ‘I didn’t mean that literally’, but the fact is, they matter. And they contribute at the grass root level to the rape culture.

“Dear daddy, I will be born a girl, which means that by the time I am 14 the boys in my class will have called me a whore.”

“Don’t let my brothers call girls wh**es – because they’re not. And one day some little boy might think its true.”

Referring to her future life partner, the unborn girl says, “He calls me a whore just like you called a girl a whore in middle school once, and then another day, he hits me.” 

“Dear Daddy I will be born a girl please do everything you can so that that won’t stay the greatest danger of all.”

Towards the end, the girl says something that has stayed with me ever since I’ve seen the video.

“One thing always leads to another, so please stop it before it gets the chance to begin.”

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