Raising feminist men is now more important than ever. I want my boys to push back against patriarchy AND at the same time feel proud of who they are as boys. If you are like me, and you are raising boys and identify as a feminist, this episode is for you!
“There’s still lots of ways that the world makes us think that women can’t
or women shouldn’t be able to do all the things that men do”
– Amanda Sovik-Johnston
Research shows that children start absorbing stereotypes by the age of three, causing the world to expand for boys and shrink for girls by age ten. This shows how important it is to start having conversations about genders early on and the necessity to challenge features and characteristics assigned to men and women at home, in school, on tv, and really everywhere our kids spend time.
I’ll start this episode by sharing some tips I’ve been mulling over for the past few years. Then, I’ll be joined by Erin Spahr, LCPC, to talk more about what it means to raise boys as a feminist. Erin’s mission is to challenge the oppressive societal norms that disempower moms. She’s full of deep insights she brings to the table during the episode, so let’s dive in!
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In this episode on raising boys as a feminist, we cover:
- What does it mean to Erin to be a feminist and how does this show up in her parenting?;
- Starting the conversation with your boys;
- Helping them observe what they see in the world around them;
- How to talk to your kids about specific topics like toxic masculinity;
- The role fathers play in raising feminist boys;
- And so much more!
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More about Erin Spahr
Erin is a licensed therapist in private practice located in Raleigh, North Carolina. She specializes in helping mothers navigate the
complex transition to motherhood. Erin uses a feminist lens in her work with mothers and strives to help mothers free themselves from oppressive societal expectations and find more self-compassion.
She is married and is a mother of two boys, ages 10 and 4.
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