Books are making up for the failure that is third wave feminism.
I love to read. I can spend a whole day just reading a book if you let me. High School Nora could read four books per-session if she pushed herself to, but she would rather lazily take her time reading just one. I can see myself dragging my future children to the library away from their computers to fall in love with the written word like I did. However, I must admit I have ulterior motives. I would want my children to learn what real female strength is.
I can’t say I’ve ever picked up a book where the females in the book are weak and unable to look after themselves. From A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket to City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, my childhood was filled with smart, sassy and strong females. These characters were respected by both men and women however, that respect was earned, not given. Each one of these female characters had to prove themselves, often by performing altruistic sacrifices or narrowly escaping death. Even after they proved themselves, there were still people who mocked them, but that didn’t matter because they would eventually show why mocking them was idiotic.
And that’s what I loved.
These women weren’t submissive or tame, they were completely equal to men. They fought alongside them, they faced the same horrors as they did and they never backed down. And if anyone tried to put them in a box, they’d bite their fucking heads off.
This what I want my sons to see. I want them to know that a female who posts naked pictures of her chubby self with #FatLove doesn’t deserve the same level of respect as the girl who worked her bum off to pay for university. I want them to be able to make the distinction between a strong woman who will help when things go wrong, and a woman who just stands there blaming them. This is the person I want my sons to be with, so I truly hope they grow up to be worthy of a woman like that.
As for my daughters, I want them to not be brainwashed by what third wave feminism thinks is ’empowering’. Posting revealing pictures of yourself, putting people down so you feel better, thinking that you deserve better treatment because of who are. I don’t want my daughters to have that toxic way of thinking. Anything they want in life, they’ll have to earn it. Whether that’s pocket-money, or a promotion, or love. No man worth spending a lifetime with will simply give you his love or trust.
I think third wave feminism has failed our children. I don’t want my daughters to feel they’re victims from the moment they are born, nor do I have my sons to think they’re to blame for everything. Movies have been tainted in my eyes, they cost so much money to have right and who’s funding that? People like Hillary who want to push an agenda. It’s so much easier to write books so authors aren’t reliant on producers to give them millions to make and promote their product. Books are what are going to save the future generation, let’s hope parents are smart enough to steer their kids away from Fifty Shades Of Grey and Twilight.