It's hard to believe that, in 2018, women are still having to fight (some literally) to be treated as equals in so-called "developed" and "modernized" countries. Countries that claim and boast about being the best in the world, but still manage to treat half of their population as "less than" simply because we have the wrong parts. Let's get one thing straight right now: You would literally not exist if not for a woman.
Yes, I know that it takes two to "tango", but that's just it, isn't it? It takes two people to create a person. It's not like men can clone themselves like some bacteria. You need us and we need you. So why is it so hard for women to be treated as equals? Especially by men in power?
No, I'm not going to go on some rant about how men suck and women run the world and don't need men for anything but sperm, because I know that's not true, but also because I know that that level of combativeness is only going to cause more strife and argument. Instead, I'm going to give you my tips on how to raise open-minded, feminist (there's that dirty word!) strong, and compassionate young men who will aid in the movement to ensure equality for all people, regardless of age, race, gender, creed, sexual orientation or anything else.
I am a feminist. Did you just picture a group of angry, man-hating women, covered in fake blood, burning their bras and protesting all men? Often times, that's what people think of when they hear the word "feminist" and that is just wrong. A feminist isn't someone who hates men. The feminist movement has very little to do with men. It's about equality for everyone. It's about telling our daughters that they can grow up to be anything they want, and that statement actually be 100% true. It has very little to do with men, directly, unless you happen to be one of those men who oppose equality for all people. Then, I suppose, feminists are against you.
I have the privilege and pleasure to be close friends with some very active feminists and seeing them participate in the Women's Marches over the last couple of years has been awe-inspiring. Women are amazing and it's about damn time the world started treating us as such.
My experience as a parent is still limited, considering I only have 2 kids and I've only been doing this for 3.5 years. That being said, I've witnessed a lot of parenting styles and I'd seen far more episodes of ignorance and prejudice than I ever imagined I would. This is the 21st century and people are still judging "books" (i.e. humans) by their covers.
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