I look at my oldest girl and I see what she is experiencing. Her body is transitioning, and she’s particularly concerned and curious about her new bouncy parts that garner attention from a variety of eyes. And as I watch my daughter navigate her new body, I’ve identified some methods to creating support and raising confident, mindful, fully expressed women.
The predominant message sent to young mothers and pregnant teens in the media, by politicians and from teachers at schools is that they are promiscuous, tarnished goods who are bringing “problem children” into the world. But that simply isn’t true. Here are just a few of the lies we need to stop telling about teen pregnancy and young motherhood in the U.S.
Every day, our children are shown the gender box they are expected to live inside of and are encouraged to shrink down the parts of themselves that don’t fit that narrow mold. If we truly want our children to succeed in this world, they need our help to smash open the very boxes we’ve constructed for them – to claim their place, their voice, and their power. But how?
There are relatively no inclusions of a father figure in the majority of social media depictions of parenthood, and that has the ability to be detrimental to the family as a whole. I believe that there is a disservice being done towards the fathers and potential fathers in a family. Here are three ways that we can promote parental equality.
It’s ironic that while women are constantly bombarded with attacks on abortion rights, our society and economic system provide virtually no support for women when they decide to have children. The reality is that the average American woman faces policies, practices, attitudes, and health barriers that make motherhood incredibly difficult. Here are four examples.
How can we make feminist commitments this Father’s Day? This list of ideas ranges from the civic to the personal, the playful to the political, but each suggestion is geared so that feminism is at the heart of our families. Join us in making a commitment to take at least one action against patriarchy and misogyny in real life. Let us evolve fatherhood together.
One of the first things I heard upon announcing my pregnancy was: So, do you think you’ll gain a lot of weight? Why is it that so many people are more concerned with the female body as a sexual object than as a powerful tool in creating, nourishing and birthing a human fetus to life? Here are three reasons to stop saying babies “ruin” female bodies!
It’s easy to make assumptions about a family, based on what is familiar and normal. But many families don’t fit the nuclear family mold. This can mean that it’s not always immediately apparent how a particular family is structured, and this can cause some confusion and anxiety. So how do we adapt our behavior to avoid making those assumptions in the first place?
Even as women continue to break down the barriers of gendered expectations, they continue face an allegedly fundamental question: whether or not to have children. The belief that women can’t be complete without children lingers and leads to some pretty ignorant statements. Here is a guide on what not to say to a woman who doesn’t want to have children.
No matter where we are in the world, people who risk expression will always be perceived as threats to people who look to preserve a sense of normalcy based on what makes them comfortable. All I know is that I will continue to express myself, and I will continue to prioritize the nurturing of children willing to confidently express themselves, too.