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Children Don’t Exist to Advance Your Politics
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'`There were two parts to the feeling: I had to mourn the life I thought I was supposed to have, the elder daughter of my two girls (why do we plan things we cannot control?!), and I had to come to terms with having a relationship with a son that I had never really considered. There were dark moments in the middle of the night (when all those dark thoughts come), when I felt sick at the thought of something male growing inside me.`
And looking to the future, the anxiety grew: How do you raise a white, middle-class boy not to think his own experience is the default experience of the world?
`How do you counter a society that makes things easier for him than for others, and make him see it? See how it is for women, for people of colour?`
But all was not lost. Dunning, refusing to bend to the patriarchy, decided to embrace the opportunity. “I will raise a feminist boy,” she declares.
`I will point sexism out to him at every turn, and he will never get away with it without being called out. I will show him that girls are just people like him and that products and art targeted at them are no less valuable or enjoyable. He will be immersed in feminism by a family who models it in their everyday life.`
She will, she says proudly, “do feminism a great service.”
The last hundred years are stocked to excess with the utterances of the apparatchiks of totalitarian ideologies: the brainwashed praise of “comrades” and “Dear Leaders.” But sinister ideologies don’t always take the form of men in boots and epaulets. Sometimes they are soft, even cooing.
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