One beautiful day in May, Victoria’s mom called her to say that her dad was feeling unappreciated. It seems that Victoria’s proud identification as a feminist left him feeling unloved and disrespected. As Victoria pondered how best to respond to him, she thought of poetry, a letter, a thoughtful phone call… and then it hit her: A series of short essays on feminism, feminism 101, if you will, written as letters to her father.
Now I understand that a movement to end oppression should not cater to the oppressor, and this blog is not an attempt to remind my dad, “Hey dude, I love men!” Rather, it’s a tongue-in-cheek look at how, as bell hooks put it, feminism is for everybody. Including dads.
At Feminism for my Father, I want to encourage debate and discussion. These are difficult topics, and hearing new viewpoints, being open to listening and discussing is important to better understanding and eventually creating change. To that end, I permit many comments I don’t agree with. However, hate speech of any kind, racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, etc., will not be tolerated. Nor will verbal abuse. Anger is okay and understandable in some cases. Everyone gets angry, often with good reasons. But do not attack others. Comments that seem fishy will also not be approved in order to fend off spam. So if you’re posting “Hello” or “This is great” or a link by itself and nothing indicates to me you’re not a robot, I tend to err on the side of caution.
I love getting your feedback, and thank you so much for participating in this discussion!