I love being a stay at home dad for my two boys. I have been asked multiple times if we are going to try to have a girl. We are not, two is enough and we are very happy. I have also been asked if I think I would raise a daughter differently than I would my boys. No! If I had a daughter I would do exactly what I am doing with my boys. I know I would have a different relationship with a daughter (as with every child they are never the same), but I wouldn’t change the way I parent. I allow my boys to choose what interests them and allow them to try things even if it may not be “fit for boys”. What I mean by that for example is my boys play with ponies, my youngest has a baby doll that he carries with him everywhere and my oldest loves pink (all in our society are considered “girly”). I am not going to tell my boys what they have to play with if it is not geared towards their gender. I love my boys unconditionally and wouldn’t want to hamper their imaginations by imposing these artificial restrictions on them.
I was invited to see a preview of the new show Pitch on Fox premiering on Sept 22nd. Pitch, an American drama television series and the first scripted television program of its kind to be officially associated with Major League Baseball (that’s a pretty big deal!). It is about about a young pitcher who becomes the first woman to play Major League Baseball. Yes, you read that correctly. What a concept you say? Why is it so crazy to think that a woman could play in what has been a mans game forever? I think this is awesome. I am so excited to see Fox pushing the blurred lines on gender roles in our society today. I think it is a great time to present a positive view of a multicultural woman overcoming the odds in our world.
The show takes you on a roller coaster ride of the ups and downs that Kylie Bunbury (played by Ginny Baker) goes on. The trials and tribulations of her experiences coming up in the baseball world. I love the fact that they show that she has weakness, things like she will never be able to throw as fast or hard as some of the other pitchers. The solution her father gave her was to learn something that she can do and do it so well that people have to appreciate and respect it. I think another great message, if you want to do something do it. Do it like you mean it every time no matter what others may tell you. There is a line in the show that hit home with me. Kylie says “I’ve been ready my whole life”. She and her father worked hard all her life and because of that, it is now paying off.
I do not have a daughter, but I have many friends who do. I hope their daughters can live a life that they want to live and not because it is what our society expects from them. Just as I want for my sons. I think this is a huge step for women and men everywhere. There is a line in the show “Doing something no one else has done”, I think this applies very well to the show and the Fox network. They are stepping up to the plate and doing it! Representing that girls can lead too. There are not too many things that girls can do that guys can’t and vise versa. I think it is important for us all to do what is right for our own situations and allow others to do what they need to do.
I have only seen the pilot, but I can see this being a huge hit for years to come. There are some crazy curve balls thrown in that you won’t see coming, so check it out and make sure to watch it all. I take my hat off to the Fox network and really hope it is a step in the right direction, to that helps our society change it’s exceptions on who can do what and not be held back by what traditional society has developed into. Fox has hit a home run in my book, so check it out and let me know what you think on the 22nd!
I would like to personal thank Fox and Red Tricycle for inviting our group to such an amazing premier event. We had a great time and it really was a home run (too many puns?)!