As you guys know from my previous posts on ways to teach toddlers about consent (and why we should do it) and gender stereotyping in baby clothes, I’m always interested in the ways in which we pass on messages about gender and sexuality to kids. Since I work as a nanny now and spent years as a high school teacher, these are issues that I see played out in my everyday life time and time again.
The perfect gift for feminist moms in your life!
Today’s listicle round-up focuses on feminist parenting, teaching, and child-raising in general!
2014 was a HUGE year for feminism; whether you’re for or against it, this year you couldn’t escape it.
In fact, “feminist” was SUCH a buzzword this year that Time magazine listed it as one of the words it wants banned in 2015, asking “when did it become a thing that every celebrity had to state their position on whether this word applies to them, like some politician declaring a party?” (um, the answer to that question is that it became “a thing” when every journalist realized that by asking that question, their interview would get clicks”.
Time then apologized for the word’s inclusion, claiming that they’d meant to “invite debate”.
But let’s be honest, the inclusion of “feminist” on the list in the first place was probably just a stunt attempting to capitalize on its popularity this year.
Before I head out to do my own last-minute holiday shopping, I figured I’d post a quick last-minute gift guide for you too!
Who wouldn’t love some threads from the awesome Feminist Apparel?
Check out this list of 20 feminist gifts from SheRights.com.
BelleJar.ca put together a feminist killjoy gift guide.
Here’s the official 2014 holiday gift guide from diversity in YA (it’s also featured in my feminist reading list / gift guide).
If you’re looking to make someone a mix tape, check out Feminist Campus’s “sleighin’ it” playlist (or my top 12 Christmas songs by women).
Any other ideas for great feminist gifts? Leave them in the comments!
When it comes to Christmas, I love all of the traditions that come along with the holiday. It’s a little ridiculous, actually. For instance, after I was so upset last year that my mother had decorated the tree before I got home from England, this year she left the tree undecorated until after I got home on the 17th (waaaay later than the tree’s ever been left undecorated!) so I could do it. Just this morning I finished going through all of our old ornaments, each one with a name and date painstakingly written on the back in Sharpie, commemorating the person who gave it to us and the year that they did.
One of my favorite ornaments on our tree. Yes, it is a sequined brontosaurus.
I also love Christmas music. LOVE. In fact, my mom has me curate the Christmas playlist every year because I’m guaranteed to find versions of Christmas classics as done by her favorite bands. Killers? Got ‘em. Death Cab? Of course.
But as I listened to my playlist this year, I was struck by how few female artists I have on it. So I decided to put together a list of my favorite Christmas songs by female artists to remind myself of all the great woman-fronted Christmas music there is out there! (Obviously I did not include “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” since we already know how I feel about that one…).
So here we go – my top twelve Christmas songs by women! (Click the title for each to go to the song on YouTube).
Hey kids! I was going to make this week’s round-up another super-fun gift-focused one, but I didn’t have enough links saved. So instead, you’re getting one with lots of disheartening information about sex in America! Yay!
I will have to look up where the phrase “the birds and the bees” came from…
I’m a big proponent of comprehensive, accurate education around sex, sexual health, and relationships. So obviously I’m concerned with:
The eight most absurd lessons Americans teach kids about sex.
Seventeen lies we need to stop teaching girls about sex.
Just in case you’re wondering how that kind of information can affect our treatment of girls and women, here are nine female book characters punished for having sex.
And lest you think that that kind of punishment only happens in fiction, here are five ways our society unfairly punishes women for their sexuality.
And… it’s December! Time to start thinking about your holiday shopping, if you haven’t already. Here to help is today’s listicle round-up!
Thanks, stock photography!
Happy Black Friday to all my American readers! In light of the events in Ferguson this week, I’ve focused this week’s links round-up on activism surrounding Ferguson and Black Friday.
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