I was surprised the other day, when my teenaged daughter recoiled at the word, "feminist."
We were much too busy with the day-to-day at that moment to get down into the weeds on exactly why she had that reaction, but I remember my initial reaction was surprise at the negative connotation she must associate with that word. Mostly, because I tend to think of her as a feminist ideal: Self-assured. A leader instead a follower. Engaged. Unafraid. And, when afraid, brave.
I wonder, "What messages is she getting about feminism? That it's an ideology so absolute that the only way to embrace it is to accept all its tenets without the ability to consider what pieces of it work for her and what doesn't?"
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