Warning: The below video contains content that may be triggering to some readers.
“Dear Daddy... I know you already try harder than Superman… but I need to ask you a favor. Warning: It’s about boys.”
That's how a powerful new video called "#DearDaddy" begins. Created by the Norwegian charity organization CARE, the five-minute video follows young women from birth to adulthood and uses a powerful narrative to illustrate the various forms of sexual assault, domestic violence and everyday sexism so many women experience throughout their lives.
It's a bold and riveting commentary on where sexism and violence against women truly begins.
"I will be born a girl which means that by the time I’m 14 the boys in my class will have called me a whore, a bitch, a cunt and many other things," the narrator says. "It’s just for fun of course, something boys do."
Towards the end of the video the voiceover finally tells her dad what he can do to help her. "Dear Daddy, this is the favor I need to ask: One thing always leads to another so please stop it before it gets the chance to begin," she says. "Don’t let my brothers call girls whores because they’re not... Don’t accept insulting jokes from weird guys by the pool, or even friends. Because behind every joke there is always some truth.
"Dear Daddy, I will be born a girl," the voiceover says. "Please do everything you can so that won’t stay the greatest danger of all."
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