Parent-Led Forum: "How to Raise Feminist Boys"
December 7, 2017 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Manhattan Country School Gymnasium
We work hard to empower our girls to fight stereotypes and pursue their dreams. How much do we support our boys to break those stereotypes, too? What opportunities do we have as parents and educators on a daily basis to make this happen?
As the American feminist Gloria Steinem said: "We've begun to raise daughters more like sons...but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters." Teaching to be a feminist is not only about teaching gender equity and social justice. What it really means to be a feminist is not only to break stereotypes for girls and women but to be someone who supports equity and the belief that all humans are equal. As it is argued in The New York Times Upshot column "How to Raise a Feminist Son" by Claire Cain Miller: "Even as we’ve given girls more choices for the roles they play, boys’ worlds are still confined, social scientists say. They’re discouraged from having interests that are considered feminine. They’re told to be tough at all costs, or else to tamp down their so-called boy energy."
Join us on Thursday, December 7 for a moderated discussion on raising feminist boys. We hope that opening this space will create a supportive group for parents to investigate innovative ways and explicit connections to move from the abstract of these ideas to daily practice.