When it comes to addressing domestic abuse and working to eradicate it, feminism has played a critical role. But there’s one area of abuse that doesn’t get enough recognition in the movement: child abuse – especially child abuse committed by women. In order to address it, we need to see the abuse of children for what it is, regardless of the abuser’s gender.
Recently, a beautiful and moving video about a transgender child in California named Ryland Whittington went viral. Sadly, like every other conversation about transgender children, the comments section was often unkind. Scanning the comments, I saw the same poorly thought-out ideas keep popping up. I think it’s time to put these misconceptions to bed.
It may seem pretty obvious that the considerable gender wage gap in this country is an issue of institutionalized sexism. And yet, there are those who argue that women get paid less than men because they “make different choices than men.” Here’s a comic for anyone who’s ever tried to make that argument.
I have three kids — 15, 18, and 20 — and none of them has gotten pregnant, impregnated anyone, or gotten an STD (at least, as far as I know). And they talk to me about lots of things, including sex. Sometimes too much. If you want to achieve the same kind of open dialogue I have with my spawn, here are my eight tips for how to talk to your kids about sex.
Terms like “ladylike” are in line with equally absurd terms like “acting Black” that lump behavior onto a particular group of people in an effort to reinforce dominant society’s assertion of what is considered desirable and acceptable social protocol. So here are my four top reasons for steering clear of labels and social graces when it comes to my daughters.
Talking about race is challenging for many parents, especially White parents. And we need to get over it. As discussed in part one of this article, remaining silent on the topic of race isn’t helping our children and it isn’t moving the needle any closer to equality. In fact, it may be doing the exact opposite. Here are a few things everyone can do to make it better.
Talking about race in America can feel dangerous and overwhelming, but it is important work if we want to truly get to a place where all people are treated as equals. And as with all important conversations, it needs to start with our children. Here are five reasons every parent, guardian, and educator should be talking about race with the children they care for.
A lot of us still hold tight to deeply gendered beliefs about men’s and women’s roles when it comes to child-rearing. If the research is to be believed, it’s not only typical to assume that single dads are doing something heroic, but it’s just as typical to think that single moms are doing just the opposite. Here are a few other things we can do to change this.
We often discuss issues of rape and sexual violence with our daughters, but are we having these critical conversations with our sons? The truth is that our sons can be victims of rape, too. They can also be bystanders, confidants, or rapists. Undoubtedly these conversations are challenging. So how do we start them, and what do we talk about? Here are a few tips.
A majority of states require parental involvement in the decision of those under 18 to have an abortion. On the surface, this seems well-intentioned. But what’s really underlying these laws? Here are 5 reasons why parental involvement laws do more harm than good, and why no one, regardless of age, should be legally required to obtain consent from their parents for an abortion.