Feminism

The curious sexism of crafting
When moms put enormous effort into something domestic – creating fabulous living spaces, dressing or looking amazing  or making bento box lunches for their kids, it’s okay. Wait. It’s expected. That time and money is somehow well spent and means we love our families more. But find a mom who dares build a Hogwarts out of Legos and it’s all “ZOMG WHO HAS THE TIME??” We have to stop setting the bar so low for dads and the path so narrow for moms.
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Just STOP with the pink toys
Some people think we’re making real progress by making pink science kits and engineering sets specifically geared toward lady brains with pink microscopes, but that’s all a bunch of crap. What we need to do is stop telling girls their toys have to be pink in the first place.
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Mothers arrested for everything now
Arresting a mom for exposing her children to people who might harm them is just a way to shift the blame of criminal behavior away from the people harming kids to the women in the story. Remember, it’s always a woman’s fault!
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There is nothing “inappropriate” about a doll with a penis
Proclaiming outrage over a doll with a penis is especially confusing for boys who play house. If hearing adults say a doll that looks like them is “inappropriate” it sends the message that they themselves are inappropriate. Wish your penis away, boys! It is a tool of satan!
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Stop with the ugly feminist trope [PICS]
My kids want to be princesses. When they get older, they will want to be desirable and attractive. I hope they also will want good careers and will seize all their opportunities. I hope those opportunities exist and their hard work gains them the edge in life. In short, I’d like my daughters to be feminist. Problematic, however, is the insane connotation that feminists are ugly.
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#YesAllWomen: I dated a “nice” guy once
Want to hear the worst part of the story? I confided in a “friend” what had happened. The friend laughed, “Oh, he could never hurt anyone! He’s a nice guy!” Anyway, that was 12 long years ago. I graduated, moved to Chicago, tried to stay safe and sane in this crazy world and eventually met my awesome husband. There are great guys out there. Actually, most guys are fine and chances are you’re not going to get raped or killed or beaten up by any of them. But you might. And that’s the point. #YesAllWomen.
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“Man up” hurts girls too
The underlying bullshit here is being a girl is the worst thing to be, hence the insult. Teaching boys to “man up” ultimately teaches them not only that their feelings shouldn’t be felt, but that girls are beneath them.
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My cleaning lady has an attitude
Think about why criticizing domestic help comes across so abrasive. Is it really an issue of expressing a problem with a paid service, or is it that we value domestic work (i.e. work traditionally by women) so minimally that it is seen as servitude?
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