Childrearing

5 Harmful Messages About Women That You’re Giving To Your Kids

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Children of both genders are bound to hear horrendous judgements and stereotypes of women. Everything from calling women “sluts” for having an opinion to equating their clothing choices as consent to sexual acts are harmful mythologies that continue to get passed onto our kids through media and even well-meaning friends and relatives. But parents certainly do their part in relaying these messages to their little ones too whether it’s critcisms of a women’s weight, their relationships status, or even her sexuality.

Boys and girls pick up on a lot of cultural cues, sometimes regardless of your exact word choice. And all the while they’re using what you say to understand the world — and sometimes the women — around them.

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10 Comments

  1. The Mommy Psychologist

    March 13, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    One of the biggest qualities that I try to instill in my son is to respect women. His father is a great role model. I think the absence of active dads in the picture also contributes to this problem.

    “The child psychologist who thought she had all the answers to parenting until she became one herself.”
    http://www.themommypsychologist.com

  2. Frances

    March 14, 2012 at 11:10 am

    “She can’t get a man, so that’s why she is with a woman.” Do people still say this bullsh*t?

    • Raero

      March 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      Yeah, I don’t know that I have ever heard that said in actual seriousness, and I am from a fairly closeminded southern town.

  3. Marci Fit vs Fiction

    March 14, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I think we can talk and talk to our kids, but sometimes it’s more about what they learn for themselves and we can help them learn by making sure that they’re environments are exposing them to a variety of strong, healthy, intelligent women.

    My sons train in very competitive Martial Arts and they’re on a team with some AMAZING girls who are confident in who they are and what they can do..being around this type of energy shows my boys how fantastic girls can be!

  4. mrs. lynn

    March 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Thank you for posting! This is great!

  5. Calum

    March 14, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Methinks there is too much generalising in this article.
    Case in point I played with barbies as a little boy and now as an adult my preference is for curvy, plush, BBW.

    In fact if I might say the model laying naked on her side in one of this articles pages is IMHO a very beautiful woman.

    • sweetpea

      March 15, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Well said Calum 🙂

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  7. Eckertcpht

    March 16, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I agree w not saying this stuff in front of your kids, but Ive never known a girl/woman to dress in minimal clothing out of comfort/style. It gets attention, good or bad, which is want they want. Theres a way to be comfortable and stylish without showing everything you have.

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