Ever since I was a little girl my dad has treated me and my brother differently.
That’s why I believe there is a difference between girls and boys, I understand that
but I don’t understand why they are treated so different. A girl can do anything a boy can do and like wise.
My brother and I are treated so differently. When my brother was growing up he got to do anything and everything he wanted. But me, I can hardly do anything. My brother had an eleven o’clock curfew on the weekdays and it didn’t matter on the weekends what time he came in. I have to be home by ten thirty on the weekdays and twelve thirty on the weekends. When my brother went out on the weekends more than half the time my dad didn’t know where he was and my dad knows exactly where I am and when I leave that place and to go somewhere else I call him and let him know. I think I should be able to stay out later.
My brother has a girlfriend. They have been together since their eighth grade year. She has lived with us for about four years now. After only three months of them dating she got to go on vacation with my family. We went on vacation last month and I asked if my boyfriend of five months could go my dad said “NO!” and that was it I don’t see how this is fair. I think if my brother gets to hang out with his girlfriend I should get to hang out with my boyfriend.
After only six months of my brother and his girlfriend dating they could spend the night with each other at my dad’s house, but way before that they could at her parent’s house. If I asked my dad if my boyfriend could spend the night with me, even at his house, I already know it would be World War III between us. My boyfriend should be able to go on vacation with us if my brother’s girlfriend gets to.
I honestly think I am way more responsible then my brother was at my age or even at his age now. At my age my brother was on drugs, didn’t have a job, and didn’t go to school half the time. Me on the other hand I have a job, I have good grades, I don’t do drugs or get in trouble but yet I am the one that has a strict life. I pay for all the stuff I have. I pay for my car payment, car insurance, my cell phone bill, the gas that goes in my car and if anything goes wrong with my car I pay to get it fixed. My brother however didn’t pay anything. My dad paid for his truck, his insurance and his gas. But I am over that because I have realized it makes me more responsible and it is preparing me for the real world when I am out on my own.
But it still bothers me about the boyfriend/girlfriend thing. The only difference in a boy and a girl I think is a girl can get pregnant and a boy can’t. Yet I can’t make my dad see I am not stupid enough to ruin my life. I just don’t understand, I guess I never will because no one can explain the difference between a boy and a girl. They all say the same thing, “it’s just different.” I believe I am more responsible and should get to do the same, if not more than my brother got to.
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