As long as I can remember I have been a pretty strong feminist. Not your bra-burning, stereotypical version of the man hating beast that society tries to describe, but a woman just looking for women to finally be equal in a society where equal pay for the same job is still frequently unheard of.
I have also been a strong advocate for reproductive rights. Abortion, childbirth, pre-natal care providers, choices… all kinds of choices. Basically the slogan mind your own uterus comes to mind. You mind yours and make your own choices – and I will do the same. Right?
Seems simple enough.
Recently in preparation for the March for Women right here in Connecticut on April 28th, I had two custom shirts made. One for myself and one for my daughter.
My shirt is a simple pink shirt that says “Pro-Choice Mother of Three” a pretty accurate statement. Then for my daughter I made this:
Cute right? I think it is downright adorable and I can’t wait for it to come so that I can put it on her and try it out. Of course when I posted it on my facebook fan page I got some backlash. A reader decided to make a bold “I am unfollowing you” statement which is completely fine by me – it wouldn’t be the first time I lost a reader over my political beliefs. But what followed really hit me.
There was a mature and extremely adult discussion about pushing my personal beliefs on my daughter. Which brought me to a whole new question as a parent I had never even though of before.
Am I right or wrong by doing this?
I mean… from the beginning I always just thought all the lessons and morals I have been teaching my children were right. At least in my eyes. And believe me, my husband and I have bumped heads on our views on abortion before. But I didn’t see anything wrong with me teaching my children, my beliefs.
I thought it was just something parents naturally do. Right?
It certainly has helped to give me a refreshed view on parenting around hot topics. But I just don’t know if I could stomach to teach my daughter anything else but what I already am when it comes to womanhood, woman’s rights and being a strong woman.
What about you?