Umbrella Revolution Wall 2014

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Feminism and Raising a Son

I have never had a conversation about the above since arriving here in Hong Kong. There are conversations about raising a son, many conversations about the issues of raising daughters, but never about boys and the responsibility that women and men have to raise sons who are feminists.
I see this as one of the fundamental reasons that sexism persists. It is still not acceptable, nor is it even deemed a worthy idea to raise a son who is a feminist. This has to do with the many ways feminism has been misconstrued and misunderstood. To clarify for some-- let's have a Webster's definition----


the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.
Now, that isn't that hard, folks, is it?
Many men (and women) who would not label themselves as feminists actually are. It's simply a matter of understanding the word and seeing it in a positive light. Feminism shifts as it moves across cultures--the nuances of it, that is, but nonetheless, the most powerful way of addressing this issue is probably through personal practice within the family.


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