Following up to the thread about discussing feminism with male partners:
How does a father teach his daughter about feminism?
I’m the father of a nearly five-year-old daughter, and I want to raise her to be fully aware of the misogyny around her and not be afraid to confront it and fight for herself. I know my role in this- I need to make sure that she is not afraid to question authority and that she is a critical and independent thinker. That’ll probably go most of the way, I hope. But are there any books that you guys can recommend that might start her thinking about her identity as a woman? Preferably sooner rather than later- I figure giving her The Feminine Mystique will work at thirteen, not so much at six.
I do feel a bit of urgency about this- we’re living in the most conservative county in Texas (well, might as well say the galaxy). I know that lecturing her about it just won’t work, especially as she confronts what I assume will be some pretty rampant misogyny in the school system down here. I’m looking for something that’ll get her questioning what’s happening around her on her own.
- Feministe Feedback: How to Start a Successful Feminist Blog by Jill April 7, 2008
- On Baby Emma by Jill April 27, 2010
- How do I define feminism for myself and my future kids? (Reader question #98) by Captain Awkward August 22, 2011
- File Under “Feminism is Good for Families” by Jill February 9, 2009
- Stuffed animals will turn your daughter into a whore by Jill July 13, 2007