When I first saw this commercial during the Super Bowl I was in tears, for two reasons. The girls in the beginning reflect exactly what society expects; weak, not quite good enough, inferior. The younger girls are still true to themselves; strong, confident, fierce. And I saw in those young girls my own two daughters who are not afraid to run hard, fight hard and believe in themselves. When this same commercial was played in church on Sunday it made me want to hug my girls tight to my chest and whisper into their hair, don’t ever change, stay true to your heart.
Watch this video and tell the girls in your life the same thing. I’m proud to do everything like a girl.
Last night, cuddling in bed with my daughter, talking about our favorite places;
libraries and bookstores.
It’s always so peaceful and quiet there, she remarked.
I love how books smell, I added.
New books smell amazing! Old books smell even better, she whispered.
My mother/writer’s heart soared. A girl after my own heart.
There has been a lot of talk recently about feminists; who is one, and why. Are they crazy, power-hungry females or just women and girls who care about equality? Beyoncé spoke out about it. So have Lena Dunham and Caitlin Moran. Even sweet little Taylor Swift has come to the table. I have always considered myself a feminist, going back to my early high school years when I discovered Bust Magazine and Bitch Magazine. They opened my eyes to the inequities girls and women face on a daily basis around the globe. My world view was blown open and as I’ve grown and birthed two girls, my relationship with feminism has grown even deeper.
How do you know you’re a feminist? If you advocate for the equality of women, you’re a feminist. Or as Caitlin Moran quaintly put it:
So here is the quick way of working out if you are a feminist: A: Do you have a vagina? And B: do you want to be in charge of it? If you said yes to both, then congratulations, you’re a feminist.
I agree with her to a point, but you don’t have to have a vagina to be a feminist. Plenty of men and fathers consider themselves feminists and I find that incredibly attractive. Whether you are or whether you’re not, support the girls and women in your life. We are all in this together. As Gloria Steinem said,
The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day; a movement is only people moving.
If you’d like to explore more, check out feministing.org and Ms. Magazine for more girl moxie.