Why does Jess keep all of his drawings to himself? Why doesn't he show his drawings to his father?

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Jess draws a lot, and that is an understatement. However, he feels very insecure about his drawings. He tried to show his drawings to his father when he first started to draw, and his father grew very angry over it, claiming that since he was a boy who drew he must be a sissy (imagine a father with all girls and one boy. He probably wishes that Jess was more masculine--more of a football-loving-boy). Jess felt incredibly hurt by this and decides not to show others his drawings--until he meets Ms. Edmunds.