In the early days of parenthood, life tends to revolve around your baby. Between feeding and changing and sleeping, there isn’t much room for anything else. But as our kids grows older, we begin to recognize the importance of raising them to be good, productive, kind citizens of the world. In short, we realize we want to raise our children to be feminists. But how do we do make sure we're successful? How do we recognize the signs that we’re raising an intersectional feminist to begin with?
As a feminist mom, my goal is to raise not only a happy and healthy child, but one who also identifies as a feminist. I want my son to understand that the world does not revolve solely around him. I want him to be considerate and generous. I want him to understand that sexism, homophobia, transphobia, racism, and so many other kinds of hate exist in this world, and I want him to understand that it’s also on his shoulders to help end all that hate. I’ll teach him about consent, and respect, and equality. I’ll teach him how to be an activist.
But it will all take time, of course. I can only do so much with my 3-year-old budding feminist, so for now, the best thing I can do is check for the signs that I’m raising him with the tenets of intersectional feminism in mind.