So often, people talk about raising feminist girls to grow up to fight for equality and break barriers that have been in place for generations. And that’s incredibly important work. But what about raising feminist boys? If misogyny and female oppression is perpetrated predominantly by men, that means that the solution must also lie with men. In order to create a world that shatters the patriarchy, we need to raise a generation of kids who know how to do it. And, since the patriarchy hurts men and boys, too, there are lots of reasons to raise a feminist son.
A child’s home is where they first learn everything they know about the world — language, social interaction, gender roles. As parents, it’s our job to set an example for our children about what’s acceptable and what isn’t. Parents impose our values on our children, for better or for worse. And, since patriarchy is insidious and infiltrates every part of our culture, working against it requires conscious effort and thoughtful parenting. It requires us to actively think about how we can undo the harm that society inflicts on all of us. It’s not easy work, but it’s necessary to create a better world for everyone — boys, girls, and everyone else, too.
Here are just some of the things you can do to teach your sons how to be feminist.