February 22, 2015
Last week, a friend posted on Facebook about his 13-year-old son Joseph’s reaction to the most recent episode of Empire. Joseph was upset that Lucious cheated on Anika, and it wasn’t right for him to have hidden his true feelings for Cookie while still getting engaged to another woman. The TV show reminded Joseph of his female friends, all of whom have been raised to expect that men will lie and that they need to protect themselves for when that happens in their relationships. Joseph’s parents have raised him differently, to express his feelings and be honest and straightforward. The boy confessed to feeling defenseless against girls who’ve been prepared to guard against male behavior.