This episode is about ‘Feminist Parenting’, which is constantly evolving in the current climate of rapid political and cultural change.
We are now focussing on helping our children to move away from gender stereotypes and the ways in which we can re-define gender itself.
Why do our youngest children want to dress up as gender-specific characters and how can we, as parents ensure that the messages we are giving to our children will support them to exercise their free will and make their own choices?
When they reach their teenage years, there are additional challenges such as peer pressure, so how can we make sure we are giving our children the right modelling when we are also influenced by our own biases and our social and cultural conditioning?
These are topics Pragya concentrates on in her new online course:
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Pragya believes that what we see and hear in the media is only one type of people talking about feminism and parenting. We need more diverse stories. The voices are also often restricted to white, middle class viewpoints which cannot represent a proper range.
Pragya’s own background has given her access to a variety of different views and opinions on gender and parenting and she feels she has been able to develop her own views. She learned a lot from her mother and the way she lived her life in India. Pragya realised:
“Strength and feminism comes in different shapes and forms - there isn’t just one way to be a feminist.”
A lot of the misogynist views she was aware of in her early life in India are, unfortunately still in evidence today, across the world and so it’s very important to help daughters to understand that they can transcend the traditional views of women.
Pragya points out that she is learning every day, particularly from her own daughters, so do listen carefully right to the end of the episode for some remarkable insights and challenges.
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