If so, do you say no, because she traditionally represents the worst of stereotypical femininity? Or do you give the kid what she wants? I grapple with these questions regularly. My 6-year-old daughter is desperate for Barbies, but what she wants most is makeup. Recently, we ran into a friend of mine at the library.
Like Tomboys and Hate Girlie Girls? That’s Sexist
Surviving the Most Cringeworthy (and Sexist) Family Holiday Situations
In recent years, there have been alarming reports of increased anxiety among young people. Trends like the growing influence of social media, increased competition to get into college, and changing sexual norms put tremendous pressures on our kids. But many of these pressures are exacerbated for girls—especially girls of color, argues psychologist Lisa Damour, author of the new book Under Pressure. Her book is a call to parents and mentors to both understand these forces and help equip girls to handle them, for the sake of their mental health. For example, in one chapter she tells the story of Nicki, a ninth-grade girl suffering from extreme anxiety and sleeplessness.
“Girl,” “woman,” “guy,” “man”: The effects of sexist labeling
Gathering with family and friends to celebrate the holidays is a time-honored tradition that many of us look forward to. Sometimes inappropriate comments can turn joy at being together to hurt feelings or anger. So should you let it slide and pass the sweet potatoes, or should you address inappropriate or sexist behavior head on to support your girl and others?
Just like Martin Luther King Jr. Instead, in the search for validity, I hear:. Apparently, my existence is an insult and a threat to the masculinity of men who cannot accept that women are just as inventive, influential and imaginative as them. However, we are told to put up with it, which is itself a form of oppression that never works. History has shown time and time again that silencing the voice of dedicated and courageous women will never work.