Topic: raising a feminist daughter

Gift This: 10 Feminist Gift Ideas For The Awesome Girls In Your Life

Gift This: 10 Feminist Gift Ideas For The Awesome Girls In Your Life

Finding feminist Christmas presents in the toy aisle at Target can be like navigating a minefield, and that’s even before other parents start throwing punches to make sure they can grab that last Frozen princess costume before you do. If you’re exhausted by the search, sit back and let your mouse do the shopping – here are ten ideas for the awesome young ladies you’re shopping for this year. More »

I’m A Feminist And I Plan On Buying My Daughter A Ton Of Barbies

I'm A Feminist And I Plan On Buying My Daughter A Ton Of Barbies

I love Barbie. I’m not going to lie.

I’m also a proud feminist, and somewhere along the way it became not okay for proud feminists to love Barbie. I’ve become lost in the arguments for why that is — I think it has something to do with her body types and assigned ‘jobs.’ I stopped caring, because when we analyze a doll this much, we really give small children zero credit — and place an unrealistic amount of emphasis on a variable that really doesn’t influence kids all that much. More »

I Plan To Tell My Daughter She Can Be Anything She Wants To Be And GoldieBlox Will Provide The Soundtrack

I Plan To Tell My Daughter She Can Be Anything She Wants To Be And GoldieBlox Will Provide The Soundtrack

In my two years as a mother to a daughter, I have found that so many of the “girl” toys look the same (dolls, purses, crafts) while that boys have a range of cars with their tracks, superheros and all their merch, Legos and other building toys. I understand that girls, very generally, tend to prefer imaginative play. But that doesn’t just have to be about baby dolls and princess wands. I want to expose my daughter to as many activities as I can and let her pursue what she loves. Just because we live in a princess culture in the U.S., let’s not underestimate the potential of our girls. More »

I Want My Daughter To Have Lots Of Female Friends Because I Sure Didn’t

I Want My Daughter To Have Lots Of Female Friends Because I Sure Didn't

I can remember thinking that I got along with boys better, I was somehow more comfortable with them because teen girl friendships seemed fraught with all sorts of ickiness – competition for other boys, cattiness regarding other girls and each other, obsessions with appearances and social status and all sorts of other things I just didn’t want to deal with at the time. In retrospect, I’m sure I just felt left out and maybe due to my parent’s divorce I was seeking out boy friendships in order to compensate for the lack of a male figurehead in my life. I don’t know, but I do know that I wish I would have had more girlfriends, and I want to do everything possible in order for my own daughter to have them. More »

I Wouldn’t Buy A Pink Floral Kiss Laptop For My Daughter — Or For Me

I Wouldn't Buy A Pink Floral Kiss Laptop For My Daughter -- Or For Me

When Fujitsu talked about hiring a special team of female engineers to design the computer I got excited. Perhaps they would be among the role models our daughters are looking for in the science and engineering worlds. Perhaps they would build a laptop that addressed our genetically smaller hands or something lightweight for me to add to my already overweight diaper bag. No, it’s just pink. More »