Being a Father of Daughters
I am a father of daughters, three of them in fact. They are all awesome in their own ways. Amazingly none of the ways in which they are each awesome has nothing to do with the fact that they are daughters. It has everything to do with the humans they are and the people they are growing into.
When I became a father of a daughter and then more daughters, my perceptions of the world shifted. I had become a father and someone responsible for raising girls. Having been raised by a feminist, single mother, I already considered myself a feminist. For many men, becoming a father of daughters is the first time that they really look at and think about some of the challenges experienced by girls and women. If, like Matt Damon, you spend your time thinking about how much you like them apples you might not consider their growing conditions until you have your own orchard. (That’s a Good Will Hunting movies reference for all you kids out there.)
This is part of what women talk about when they talk about the patriarchy. Our society is structured so that males are the ‘norm’ and females are the ‘other.’ [Read more…]