I am the mother of two boys, ages 10 and 21. Before my oldest started dating I always said things to him like always ask a woman what she would like to eat at a restaurant and order for her, open her car door, offer your jacket, etc. I spoke to him about the emotions most women go through before and after sex and a commitment before sex is always the best option. It never occurred to me to tell him is not ok to rape or sexually degrade a woman. I guess I just assumed he would know better. Actually I can't even say I assumed, I legitimately didn't think to tell him not to.
In light of some of the recent articles of crimes against women, do you think we're failing to teach our sons? What do you think would make a boy/man not value a woman to the extent of rape?