As far as I'm concerned, there's been nothing like motherhood to bring my feminist views into sharp focus. I have had some of the best conversations about what it means to raise a child with other feminist moms. And hey, the things moms say to their friends can have a huge impact on how they end up parenting.
I've had so many interesting, enlightening conversations about these issues with my mom friends. In fact, an ongoing conversation I've had with one good friend in particular about the issue of pink versions of toys being marketed to young girls, has helped me change my attitude toward those types of toys in general. While I still believe that there's a large amount of gender stereotyping that society imposes on children from the moment they're born, I've come to realize that kids are born with certain predispositions as well. For example, my friend's daughter happens to love pink, girly things, but it hasn't stopped her from enjoying playing in sand, going camping, and getting dirty. Her love of pink has also attracted her to certain Lego sets, a toy that she'd never been interested in before. Without those conversations I had with her mom, I would continue to have drawn my own conclusions about her Lego toys.
And that's what awesome about having these conversations with mom friends. You really can learn a lot from each other. Here are some of the issues commonly mulled over by groups of feminist moms: