Who is Feminist Dad?
Feminist Dad is NOT every man. I am not taking the piss out of men in general. Yes, of course men can be feminists. Many men are feminists. Feminist Dad is the particular type of man who, having ignored/denied/been oblivious to the existence of sexism for his entire life, suddenly sees it once he has a daughter. And he expects feminists to listen to him as he tells them about the existence of sexism.
Don’t get me wrong – it is good that he now sees the obstacles his daughter faces simply because of her gender. Problem is – from my experience – this rarely translates into giving a shit about the obstacles that exist for other women. There is an enormous amount of information about these obstacles and the shit that women have to deal with in their daily lives. You can start with how to prevent rape. Or sexting. Or the bottle of entitlement. Or how women are paid less simply because they are women. Or about how female graduates are offered smaller starting salaries than male graduates. Or about how female carers are financially fucked. Or about how women are more likely to live in poverty because they are underpaid and do the bulk of the nation’s caring work. The thing that Feminist Dad needs to realise is that feminism is about more than just his daughter.
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