"We had a lot of fun at the beach every summer, remember?" he asked.
My mood turned a bit sour. "Yes, and I remember when we were in fifth grade and you embarrassed me in front of a bunch of kids by unsnapping my bikini top in the water. It was awful."
"I'm so sorry I did that. But you know how things were back then... Boys were expected to behave like that, otherwise we were teased to death for being sissy boys."
"Yeah, I know. Those were different times."
"You know, I was so grateful for the black eye you gave me. You threw a helluva punch."
"I always wondered why boys in the school didn't tease me or ask me out anymore." I laughed.
"Now you know! I'm glad things had changed for the better. Boys don't need to feel obligated to do stupid things like that to girls just to please their buddies."
"I'm glad too, but I think the changes are happening a little too fast and to the extreme. Now boys are punished and labeled for the smallest things.
"That's true. Well, every positive change starts with extreme new rules but as time goes on the rules are softened."
"Hopefully, boys will not be forced to lose all their positive masculinity traits in the process."