Why are there lesson or statements being made all around us about how to be good men or women? How about good people?! Why is my daughter being taught that patience is a "motherly attribute"? Do Fathers not need to practice patience too? Train them to be good PEOPLE.
This article is addressing a specific program and I do agree with their points. But this issue sadly goes way beyond Activity Days. It's everywhere. In school, other church programs, homes etc. Everywhere my daughters go they are being programmed. Programmed to be women. To be pretty, wear the right clothes, keep an organized home, say the right thing, be smart (but not smarter than Timmy), and don't question things. It's disgusting.
Whether it's 7th grade, turning 12, being in full public school or most likely a combo of all those things, Isa has changed. I, like the author, have seen the light going out of my daughter's eye. She is making academic choices for social reasons. She reaches for her iPad before her homework. She needs certain things with certain labels. She wants to wear heels, makeup, push up bras and whiten her teeth. She is picking herself apart physically and finding herself lacking. Lacking from what? Who told her that her main goal as a 12 year old is to look "better"? Meanwhile boys are showing up in sweatshirts and basketball shorts. They probably got up 10 minutes ago and my daughter spent more than that brushing her hair. She is asking me for things to "improve" her appearance but not her brain. She reads less and is looking for a screen more. Last Christmas she asked for a bike. This Christmas, iPad covers of her favorite TV show and name brand shoes. 6 months ago she told me her favorite celebrity was Neil Degrasse Tyson. Now I'm afraid to ask.
Try as I might I can't seem to stop it. I feel like I'm trying to hold back a tidal wave of preconceived ideas of what my daughter should be before they crush and change her into what a "girl" is. It's impossible, she's already drowning. It's coming at her from every side. It's ingrained so deep in the world that she can't escape it.
Right now she wants to be an Immunochemist which I think is crazy awesome. I hate that she will have to work harder than her male counterparts though. She'll be in a constant battle to prove that she is just as good as a boy and I just pray it doesn't wear her down. In school and work. To make it even more fun she will also get paid less. Because she's a girl. Her lack of penis was the only mark against her society needed to decide her fate.
WHY DO WE STILL HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THIS?!?!?! Seriously.
I guess they are afraid she will "think with her lady parts". That would be a great T-shirt slogan for a feminist group. " I think with my lady parts". Probably to clever for the masses though.
Sorry, you'll have to click the little "YouTube" in the corner to open the video. It's worth it.