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Girl Power and Pride!

Sometimes, when I hear or read a decrial of sexism, I sense a certain internalized misogyny, a greater value placed on that which is traditionally seen as "masculine" than that which is seen a"feminine". Previously, I have discussed this in relationships to "women's work", but, I have to say, I find this particularly worrisome when these value judgements are placed upon girls. Pushing gender stereotypes on children is wrong but so is keeping them from what brings them joy.

I find no shame in being or seeming "girly". I am proud that my Inner Girl is alive and well and still delights in all the loveliness she found in the world when I was very young. I still love flowers and jewelry, feeling the wind in my long hair, scented bath products, and having a bit of pink in the lining of my black trench coat.

As a girl, I played with trucks as well as tea sets. I played a mean game of field hockey but I was also a devoted mommy to my dollies and stuffies and made beds with coverlets and pillows for them all. I loved tales of fairies and pirates and drew pictures of queens and cowboys(and, in one case, Herbert Hoover; ).

I combined Legos with blocks, Lincoln Logs, Playschool buildings, Matchbox cars, and and anything else I could find to create little villages where my imagination could live.

I collected rocks, marbles, scarves, and tiny bottles of perfume.

I chose a pink and purple bike with iridescent butterflies with which to race the boys in my neighborhood. And I often won!

I felt free to be me and I never felt inferior to any boy and THAT is what I wish for girls everywhere.


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Jul. 5th, 2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
This is fabulous. Do you mind if I friend you here on LJ?
Jul. 5th, 2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
That would be great. I have to tell you that I haven't been posting often.
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