Can the real men please stand up?

I am disgusted, dissapointed and frankly speaking, sligtly pissed off.  All because of a wellknown sportstar who doesn’t know how to treat woman.  And I don’t care how mad she made him or whatever else she might have done it is no excuse to randomly shoot her.  My friggin goodness, did it really happen?

I know the investigation is still ongoing but the Bladerunner remains the suspect in a murder case and as the facts are surfacing, it is not painting a pretty picture.  Awful revelations such as the fact that she was hiding in the toilet when she was shot four times.  It remains a terrible tragedy. And it happened the day before South Africans wore black on Black Friday, an initiative to show support for woman and children who has become victims of violence.

I always believed that the role of men was to protect their families and cherish their wives.  To treat them like the jewels in our crown, like the delicate flowers  that they are.   It is not a chauvinistic view of woman being the weaker sex, for my wife is the rock of my life.  My anchor to keep me firmly grounded.  It is about the role of man to respect them, love them, support them and above all NOT.TO. HURT. THEM. In a country where a woman is raped every 17 seconds, yes this is not a typo, it is heartbreaking to see another woman dying at the hands of man.  And yes it does make it worse the fact that he is a wellknown sportstar.  It is disgraceful.  I don’t care what the scenario is, you may never, never, ever raise your hand to a woman.

Charlize Theron, our very own Oscar winner, was the face of a campaign  a few years ago that said: Real men don’t rape.  I think it goes further than that, real men don’t hurt woman or children. Thinking ourselves to be  the stronger sex, do we really need to proof our manhood with violence? I am wondering how many real men is still out there today?  As the father of a young woman I want to ask: CAN THE REAL MEN PLEASE STAND  UP?

I teach my son respect, therefore he is not even allowed to raise his voice to my wife.  It is still sligtly difficult when fighting with his sister.  I am writing this to tell my little princess that if you ever find yourself in a relationship with a man who does not respect you, get out.  (I am obviously praying that this never happen.)  Point is, if a man does not treat you like the princess you are, leave.  You will not be able to change him.  You might be heartbroken but at least your body will remain intact.

And to all the woman out there who are in abusive relationships, you have heard this a milion times, get out.  Save your life and if there are kids, save them too.  He is not worth your love. Am I simplifying it, maybe, but as a logical thiking human being what is the alternative?

And yes my darling daughter, there are real men out there, because they just stood up.

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