An Open Letter to My Daughter… Do it like a Girl #UnifiedFem

“I promise you this; in a world full of people trying to put you down because of your sex, I will lift you up.”

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Hey gorgeous girly,

Your family let you down the other day and I wanted to say I’m sorry.

Whilst you played perfectly with your books with granny, and I was dutifully making the tea while daddy was having a catch up with aunty Alice… Grandad dropped a bombshell which really shocked me.

“Ugh, Arthur! Stop making that silly girly noise! You don’t want to be making that girly sound!”

The ease with which this sexist slur jovially rolled out of Grandad’s mouth in yours and your brother’s presence; oh! How this grated on me.

But don’t worry darling, amidst a room full of people deaf to this insult, I noticed. Immediately I corrected him: “Nothing girly about that noise, Grandad. Girly is good. Just ‘silly noise’ will do.”

It was in this moment, and so many others might I add, I realised this is a woman’s life from day one.

Facing depreciating sexist slurs from oblivious people who don’t understand the magnitude of their words. Being limited by society’s narrow mind of what ‘girly’ means:

Well my darling girl, I promise you this; in a world full of people trying to put you down because of your sex, I will lift you up.

I will educate you and your brother of what it really means to do things like a girl, and together we will correct society’s view of ‘girly’. Because to be a girl is a truly wonderful thing.

“Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” G. D. Anderson

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