Thursday, February 05, 2009

the feminist

I can't believe it's been five days since I last posted. And I can't point to any one reason. I've still got all my fingers and even if I didn't, I could always type with my toes.

As part of our on-going history study, I've talked with the kids about how throughout history, there have been laws unfavorable to women, even in our own country. We've had some good discussions about it. One of my children has been more disturbed to learn about this than the others: Marcus. Several times now, he has brought it up at random moments. A few days ago he suddenly looked up from his homework and said, "When I grow up I'm going to get rid of all the laws that are bad for women."

5 comments:

celtishbee said...

Good for Marcus! I look forward to not only the elimination of unfavorable laws towards women throughout the world but disparaging attitudes as well.

Brenda said...

Yes especially the one about our driving habits! I've seen plenty of business men with their cell phones not paying attention. And then when they make a mistake they drive on by so fast unwilling to admit it. At least women will often give out an "I'm sorry" mouthed through the window. I realize I am generalizing though, but still a disparaging attitude for me.

Mallory said...

Sweet! Although, to be honest, there aren't tons left that I can think of. I mean, there's still "political correctness" - whatever that means - that people can still uphold I guess, but I don't think Marcus needs to worry too much about my voting rights.

I wonder why it has affected him so much. Do you think it's because he's got so many sisters? Or because he's so young?

yesweareonmars said...

You can tell the kids about Anne Hutchinson. We are directly related to her. She fought for the religious freedom and the rights of women to learn religion and many men followed her and was imprisoned for it. Some feel she was imprisoned because she was a women since there were men who said the same thing and were not charged.
Later the indians killed her and the whole family except one child who survived and we are decended from that child.

Calandria said...

I agree that the disparaging attitudes have to go too. I'll mention that to Marcus.

Mal, I think it affected him so much because he's always been very empathetic and very concerned about injustice. When he was in kindergarten, it happened several times that he came off the bus crying because someone was teasing another kid! I had to be careful what we saw for films and tv, or even read in books, because if a good character got hurt emotionally Marcus would get very upset. It was something he was born with, I guess.

It offends him terribly that it is against the law for women to drive a car in Saudi Arabia. You should have seen his face when I told him that!

Auntie, I didn't know or had forgotten about our Anne Hutchinson link. Thanks for the comment. I will put her on our schedule. We're still in medieval times right now.