Stereotypically speaking, feminists are normally portrayed as being anti-marriage, anti-family and anti-baby. Personally, I disagree. I’m sure there are some who don’t want marriage and kids, but the same could be said for every type of woman.
You see, I’m a feminist.
You’re not? That’s OK. Mind if I ask you why?
I mean, the definition of a feminist is someone who “advocates for social, political, legal and economic rights for women equal to those of men.”
And, how could anyone not want that?
As a feminist, and a boymom, I feel I have a responsibility to teach him:
- that little girls can do anything he can do. I mean, they may do it differently, but they (we) can most certainly get it done.
- that as a boy, he is no better (or no worse) than his girl counterparts.
- to treat them with respect, and expect to be treated the same in return.
This is something I work hard at, every day. I want to make sure I’m drivnig the message home.
What about you? Are you a feminist boymom? How do you make sure your boy(s) embrace an “equality for women” mindset?
Somewhat related – Mocha Dad recently wrote a post, that I think every boydad should read: Fathers Must Teach Their Sons That Rape is Unacceptable. It’s in response to incredibly skewed, victim-blaming media coverage of the Steubenville rape trial.