Man & boy

Giles Coren on fa­thers (him) and sons (Sam, aged four). This month: sec re- ed­u­ca­tion.

Esquire (Singapore) - - Man At His Best -

Iused to think that I would one day have some­thing to say to my son about girls. I was not go­ing to be one of those fa­thers who shied away from help­ing out on that score. It’s no good say­ing, “Do what comes nat­u­rally,” be­cause that is no use at all to a young boy who needs se­ri­ous an­swers to se­ri­ous ques­tions. When Sammy came to me at 15 or 16 or 17 or when­ever and asked what he was sup­posed to do, I al­ways

planned to take a deep breath and tell him.

I would tell him not to be scared of them or to try to be any­thing that he isn’t, to per­suade a girl that he is what she would like him to be. Be­cause girls much pre­fer men who are not afraid to be true to them­selves, I would tell him. That’s why they like gays so much. Al­though for me, that’s go­ing a bit far. Then again, I sup­pose if my son were gay it would be eas­ier to

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