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Children's crossing in the Czech Republic
|Loket, 18.VIII.2007; pict. H. De Meyer||Morina, 1997; pict. F. van Espen|
|When I saw these pictures for the first time, I heard
laughter and children's voices happily tinkling.
A second look brought me back to earth and learned me how bitterly wrong
a first impression can be.
|Netolice (1997); pict. F. Van Espen||Morina (1997); pict. F. Van Espen|
|Take the first panel where an oversized baby boy is kicking at a girl. She waits defenceless, her legs trembling. She's more like a doll than a human being.||The second panel shows the boy several years later as a grown up. He has still the same
habit with the girl: he sees her as a toy.
The girl shows the first signs of a wavering defence or a try to escape. I think she must be crying.
|Karlstejn (1997); pict. F. Van Espen||Loket, 18.VIII.2007; pict. H. De Meyer|
|And even on this third panel I'm not sure we can trust the boy. I tell you: it is only a matter of seconds before he kicks her in the back.||See that we couldn't trust him? He's grown up and he's falling back into the behaviour of his earliest years. His parents probably don't give him enough attention.|
|Although not exactly a warning sign,
I included this panel because of the striking contrast with the preceding items.
Visit Hungary for another father with daughter.
|Spindleruv Mlýn (1997)
|It's with mixed feelings that I give some
space to this new find. Compared with the top row it's a vast improvement
in behaviour towards women. The situation was probably that bad that
parents couldn't look away anymore. From now on the girl guides the
- suddenly sheepish - boy. I don't trust him; he is pretending.
Notice that the design is pure German.
|Pelhrimov, V.2002; pict. H. De Meyer|
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