I hope I never have kids.

I hope I never have a daughter.

I hope I never have a daughter who feels pressured to wear make up when she’s 9.

I hope I never have a daughter who gets bullied by the boys at school because she’s good at math.

I hope I never have a daughter who accepts the fact that older men will eye her up and down and make disgusting comments about her on a daily basis.

I hope I never have a daughter who feels inadequate because she earns less money than her male counterpart, and who fears asking for a raise because she might be too pushy.

I hope I never have a daughter who lays on the bathroom floor, sobbing after she threw up her dinner because the magazines and people at school say she’s not the right size.

I hope I never have a daughter who wants to kill herself because people tell her that because she was born a boy, she’s not a real girl.

I hope I never have a daughter who has a 25% chance of being sexually assaulted.

I hope I never have a daughter who, if she is assaulted, has to see her perpetrator every day because the justice system failed her.

I hope I never have a daughter who cries herself to sleep because she thinks she deserves the abuse her partner gives her.

 

I hope I never have a son.

I hope I never have a son who kills himself because he suffers from depression but is too ashamed to seek help, because otherwise he’d be a wuss.

I hope I never have a son who commits a petty crime and gets let off the hook, while he watches his friend of color commit the same crime and face death.

I hope I never have a son who grows up to disrespect women as if he didn’t come out of one.

I hope I never have a son who tells me he doesn’t want to go to school because he’s being bullied for his sexuality, even though it’s the 21st century.

I hope I never have a son who grows up thinking guys can’t get raped and is therefore silenced if it happens to him.

I hope I never have a son who grows up thinking it’s okay to hit women because that’s how you show power and boys are supposed to be powerful.

 

I hope I never have kids.

I hope I never have kids who bully the little Muslim boy across the street because everyone on TV says that he and his parents are terrorists.

I hope I never have kids who do regular drills in their 2nd grade classroom on what to do if a bad guy comes into the school with a gun.

I hope I never have kids who will be discouraged to attend college because they won’t be able to find jobs or pay off loans.

I hope I never have kids who have unwanted pregnancies and home abortions because the sexual education program is abstinence only and abortions are too inaccessible.

I hope I never have kids who bully others for being different, whether it’s based on skin color, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental ability, religious identity, or otherwise.

I hope I never have kids who accept the society they live in instead of questioning it, trying to change it, and standing up for what they believe in.