As regular readers know, I’m working on a feminist book about parenting. Will you help me write a better, more inclusive project by answering some questions? Today, I’d like to know:
- What’s your take on the power of gender in our culture’s current vision of childhood/children? What’s it like? Does it matter?
- Do you have any anecdotes of encountering a world of pink vs. blue, pretty vs. tough/active, “girl” vs. “boy” clothes/toys/books/everythings? Do share.
- Do you have any anecdotes involving other people’s need to identify a baby or child’s gender correctly, their discomfort at not getting it right or not seeing the signs they want to see, or your own need for others to recognize your baby as a girl or boy?
- By commenting on this post, you are giving me permission to quote what you say here in my book. Please indicate the age(s) of your child or children, as well as whether you’d like to be identified by full name, first name only, or a pseudonym of your choice if I end up using your words.
- Feel free to email your responses instead of commenting here, if you prefer: molly at firsttheegg dot com.
- Please answer any question (or questions) that strikes your fancy, in any way, at any length. Anything relevant to these topics is welcome, even if what you have to say is not really related to the questions. I’m so grateful for any thoughts you offer!