Women’s rights movement has gained a lot of eminence now. Your teen may be an avid supporter and wants you in with them. While you may feel it’s important for people to have equal rights, you may find it difficult to take up this topic in discussion with your teenagers. Here are a few ways that can help you become more aware of women’s rights movement and help you be more supportive of your teens’ passion for it.
Understand Their Definition of Feminism
Begin by having a discussion with them on what feminism means to them. Feminism has been used a lot over some of the past decades but no one has an exact definition for it, bringing in their own interpretation to the meaning. Understand your teen’s definition of feminism so you can find out how you can exhibit feminism to them in your example. It is very important that you know very well how they interpret feminism so there isn’t any doubt left in your mind about what it means to them.
Start from Your Own Home
How can your household make the transition to a one based on equality? Start off by having a conversation on how the roles have been divided conventionally in your house based on gender. Perhaps, you could show that the gender roles expect something from both the genders when it comes to household chores and ask your teens if they think that is a fair division. In households, for instance, women are expected to look after the tasks of cleaning and cooking, whereas men work as breadwinners. Of course, not everything expected of someone based on their gender has to be done by them and it could be that different tasks may carry more satisfaction for more people. You could ask everybody in the household if they were okay with this kind of an arrangement and discover along the way how these roles can be changed so they seemed equitable to everyone.
Next step is to be on a lookout for any unsuitable expressions in language that do not favor women. For instance, “b*tch” is a term that hascrude gendered connotations for women and they should be taken out from household usage and be exchanged withthings that inspire. Also, desist from using terms such as “lady policeman.” The better is to use the words police officer. Similarly the term “lady doctor” carries it with the implication that usually men are doctors, so avoid using it.
Another thing that can be done is to converse on stories that surface in the news or popular culture. Every now and then, controversies appear in the media with things like the unsuitable remarks of a politician or a celebrity against women, an organized attempt to curb the freedom of women, or a song with sexist connotations. Engage in a discussion on such matters as they show up so you can both work through different ways of managing such anti-women rights issues.
Suggest Them to Lead a Club or Event
Why not encourage your teen to launch a club or event that discusses all matters related to women’s rights? They can use this issue that fuels them in a way that allows them to be in a leadership role or a role that lets them venture into exploring new facets of their personalities. Imagine how valuable the experience is of organizing an event and bringing people together for a common cause. These efforts may result in mobilizing support for the cause in the form of donations or aid that helps activist groups, charities or political campaigns, in turn. They may make use of these books for teens that offer them practical advice on how they can go about carrying their community efforts.
Advise Them on Befitting Career Choices
Perhaps, your teen’s passion can become their future career. Why not perform some research on their behalf and find out if their zeal for women’s rights can lead toward a profession in fields like law, business or media, the sort of career where your teen can use their voice and practice to influence and shape the mindsets of the people. Think of how motivated they would feel realizing they are studying something that is going to help them change the world for the better.
Your Teen will be Grateful
Given these four ways you can make your teen feel they are supported in their stance on women’s rights and they have something to look forward to when it comes to developing a career. You can have conversations and discussions on pressing problems that compromise women’s freedom and liberty and you can provide your teen an avenue to voice their thoughts in the process. They will be grateful that you advocated for something they believed in so strongly which will help them feel confident and content in their choices.
Andy Earle is a researcher who studies parent-teen communication and adolescent risk behaviors. He is the co-founder of talkingtoteens.com, ghostwriter at WriteItGreat.com, and host of the Talking to Teens podcast, a free weekly talk show for parents of teenagers.